I know, I know it was just two weeks ago that I set the goal for myself to attend the duration of BEA and hang out with my blogger friends. But guys, I think I need to reprioritize how best to spend my vacation time. I’m starting to feel like, BEA, been there done that. And what would I really gain by going for a second year in a row? More free books and some author elbow rubbing? Tired feet and a sore back from lugging around books and sleeping on my friends’ sofa bed? I was just a newbie blogger last year, so I did a ton of networking and I feel I really benefitted from that. But at this point, I’m thinking my readership is not going to vastly improve just by handing out cards to a slew of people who are also handing out cards. Yes, I could make more personal connections, and the swag is great. There’s also the issues of logistics and cost. New York City is not cheap, nor is BEA registration and all the additional add-ons.
But do I really need more books? Do I need to stand in long lines to get books signed? Do I need to spend 3 full days walking the expo floor? No. Would I feel like I was missing out if I didn’t go again? Probably. Would I have a ton of fun? Most certainly. But there will be other BEAs and I can live vicariously through my fellow bloggers and participate in Armchair BEA.
Most importantly, I think I would rather use that vacation time to head down to North Carolina and spend some time with The Mom and The Sis at the BEACH. The Hubs and I did not make a trip down there last year and The Mom and The Sis did not make it home for Christmas. I think I would rather have QT with my family. I know The Hubs would be greatly relieved by my decision not to go to NYC and would much rather be included in a fun beach-bound vacation.
I’m on the fence here, people! Tell me, fellow book nerds, what would you do in my situation? Is it really necessary to have a double-dose of BEA, or is it enough to have experienced it once? Are you planning on attending this year? If so, have you gone in the past?