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What Is “Sophisticated Dorkiness”?

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I got a lot chuckles during the Book Blogger Convention whenever I told people the name of my blog, and for good reason I suppose — it’s a little funny (at least, I like to think so).

But then I always get the inevitable, “What does that mean?” which is a legit question. So this is the beginning of a not-very-regular series of things that are “sophisticated dorkiness.”

Sophisticated = Going to New York City for a couple days.

Dorky = Going to a convention for book bloggers.

Sophisticated Dorkiness = The last two days.

It was amazing and inspiring to meet all the bloggers, authors, and publishers I got to chat with. I’m excited to spend the next few weeks following up and connecting some more. Send me an e-mail, find me on Twitter, or leave a comment!

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  • Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) May 28, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Loved meeting you in person today! (I was a reader of your blog before the Con, of course.) You did a great job on your panel, and I’ll look forward to more of your new feature!

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:04 pm

      Melissa: It was awesome to meet you too — I loved putting faces and blog names together for the first time. I was pretty nervous for the panel, so I’m glad it went well!

  • Helen Ellis May 29, 2010, 7:59 am

    Loved your talk at BEA. So much great information. I’m a writer and avid reader who blogs about my Luddite life in Manhattan. You and the panel left me with lots of ideas and a plethora of fantastic book blogs to follow. Thanks!
    Helen Ellis

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:07 pm

      Hi Helen — thanks so much! I hope we were all clear, sometimes I felt a little rambly when I was trying to make a point. I got a lot of ideas from the panels, myself.

  • Kelly Bookend Diaries May 29, 2010, 10:20 am

    What a wonderful blog.
    Kelly Bookend Diaries

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:08 pm

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Selene Castrovilla May 29, 2010, 1:34 pm

    Hi Kim,

    Terrific meeting you at the convention! It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed your stint as a panelist. Let me know if you’d like any books for a reader book club or for giveaways – or if there’s anything else i can do for you. I’m very excited to be connected with you.

    Take care!

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:09 pm

      Hi Selene — it was really nice to meet you too. Dinner on Thursday was fun, it was cool to talk blogs and writing with people who have a different perspective than I do. I hope to get your book soon.

  • Sheila (Bookjourney) May 30, 2010, 6:19 am

    Kim I had a blast hanging out with you! So glad you came to BEA and you were my roommate 😀

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:10 pm

      Sheila: Such a blast! I am so glad I got to go too 🙂

  • Care May 30, 2010, 7:28 am

    LOVE IT!

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:10 pm

      Care: Ha!

  • Lynne May 30, 2010, 8:21 am

    Finally. A blogger who reads non-fiction. I’m so excited.

    Sheila mentioned her dorky friend who reads mostly non-fiction and I had to check you out for myself 🙂

    So bummed I didn’t go to BEA/BBC, but we had fun here with the Armchair BEA. Next year, though, I’m definitely going.

    Do you happen to know any other non-fiction bloggers?

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:13 pm

      Lynne: We non-fiction readers are a bit hard to find, but there are some great bloggers out there who read a lot of nonfiction. Two of my favorites are Citizen Reader (http://www.citizenreader.com/) and Eva at A Striped Armchair (http://astripedarmchair.wordpress.com/).

      I’m glad Sheila helped me find you!

      • Lynne June 1, 2010, 7:04 am

        Kim, I do Follow Eva at A Striped Armchair, and I will check out Citizen Reader as well.

        THanks for the info, and thank you Sheila 🙂

  • Esme May 31, 2010, 8:05 am

    Kim-I am glad I had the chance to share a room with you and get to know you. Hope you had a safe flight home. I love it that the dorkiness and nerdiness of reading is the new hip-at least it is to me-what else would have taken us to NYC for such a fun time?

  • Megan May 31, 2010, 12:00 pm

    It was great meeting and spending some time with you Book Blogger Con! 😀

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:13 pm

      Megan: It was nice to meet you too — I’m glad you ended up sitting at our table!

  • Esme May 31, 2010, 1:04 pm

    Kim is that not the strangest part-this dorkiness truly has become something quite awesome-I would never have guessed it would have led to such a fun time in NYC and everything else. Have a lovely Monday-can you believe it is noon and I am still in my pjs-although I have cleaned the downstairs, done laundry and slightly unpacked-the kitties are sleeping on the luggage. The saddest part about my boxes of books is that if they did not arrive-I cannot tell you everything that is in there.

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:14 pm

      Esme: Really very awesome. I’m still not over how odd it was to be walking through Times Square at night with people I’d just previously met online. Surreal and very cool. I spent the whole day lounging around and trying to read a bit. I can’t wait to hear about your books when they get to you!

  • Belle May 31, 2010, 3:48 pm

    Love it! I’ll be looking forward to more posts about things that are “sophisticated dorkiness”. Wish I’d been able to go to BEA this year – sounds like you had a great time!

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:15 pm

      Belle: Thanks! I’ve had a bunch of these rolling around in my head, but of course now that I want to write a few I can’t think of them. It’ll come to me, I’m sure 🙂

  • Andi June 1, 2010, 7:10 am

    Glad you enjoyed BEA! Can’t wait to read more about it.

    • Kim June 2, 2010, 4:37 pm

      Andi: I keep wanting to write a wrap-up, then not getting anywhere with it. I might do them in a bunch of short posts, it seems less overwhelming that way 🙂

  • Meg June 1, 2010, 9:43 am

    I had a blast hanging out with you at the BBC! So many great ideas percolating after all the awesome discussions, and I’m so glad we got to meet! Young journalists of the world unite 🙂

    • Kim June 2, 2010, 4:37 pm

      Meg: I’m so glad we met too — young journalists are going to change the world 🙂

  • softdrink June 1, 2010, 1:30 pm

    It was great to meet in person! And it’s fun to introduce you as “Kim the Dork.” 😉

    • Kim June 2, 2010, 4:38 pm

      softdrink: I should just call myself that all the time; it’s totally accurate!

  • The Girl from the Ghetto June 3, 2010, 1:58 pm

    I enjoyed your panel discussion as well, and it is a shame we didn’t get a chance to talk at the convention. Two dorks who read non-fiction should have met.

    • Kim June 5, 2010, 10:34 am

      GFTG: Thank you! I wish we had gotten to meet too — I love finding other mostly nonfiction bloggers.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) June 5, 2010, 6:40 pm

    I loved meeting you and wish we could have visited longer. You are so not a dork!

    • Kim June 8, 2010, 6:16 pm

      bermudaonion: It was nice to meet you too! And I am a bit of a dork, but that’s ok, I think it’s better that way 🙂