Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dear Book Bloggers, Be Nice

Dear Book Bloggers is a new feature that I may or may not continue. It's an open letter to the book bloggers about random happenings or ideas. It is entirely my opinion, but feel free to throw in your two cents in the comments.

The book blogging community can be very welcoming and kind, but beware, because there are going to be those Negative Nancy’s and Debbie Downers. There are an insurmountable number of book blogs nowadays and it’s hard to get noticed or be acknowledged by others, but your best bet is to always treat others with kindness and respect.

See, there’s been a whole mess of trouble with negative reviews and hate directed towards bloggers who post negative reviews.  Some bloggers are fine with it; others choose not to post negative reviews. Either way, it shouldn’t be a problem.

I you post a negative review, do it without attacking an author. That seems pretty simple, right? State what you found undesirable and move on. If a blogger is clear about his/her issues with a book, then there really shouldn’t be a problem. Is an author going to like it? Probably not. But don’t go tweeting about it and @replying the author with your review. That’s stupid and almost an open call for bashing.

Authors, for the most part, like book bloggers. We spread the word about their books, so keep that relationship open by using your head. Authors put their hearts and souls into their books and the last thing a blogger should do is tell them it sucks.

The same goes for commenting on other blogs. Keep it clean and keep it kind. Bloggers love comments. We thrive on them, so when someone looks down to read them and sees vitriol being spewed, it hurts. If you don’t like what a blogger has to say, then ignore it. If you hate In My Mailbox posts, don’t comment on them. If you feel it’s absolutely necessary to say something...don’t. Pat Benatar said love is a battlefield and no way should book blogging feel the same way.

So make your life, my life, and every other blogger’s life easier and, like the British say, “keep calm and carry on.”

With huggles to go around,


Danielle said...

SO VERY TRUE. I like it.

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

You go girl!

The book girl said...

I so completely agree! Thanks for bringing the book blogging community's attention to this (loved the Pat Benatar reference!)

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I absolutely agree and think this is an absolutely excellent post. It's pretty timely, too, considering I've been thinking quite a bit also about all of the recent controversies and ways that bloggers can be treated a bit more respectfully, without losing our souls in the process of it all. I know several an author that loves blogger interaction and vice versa, and there certainly is always a place for constructive criticism, just not blatant drama-building snarky comments and bites only to increase attention to the blog. Loved, loved your post!

Candace said...

Great post! I completely agree with everything you said. I decided to stay out things this time. I think I've blogged about this before, but I think negative reviews can be done without belittling the author or tearing the book apart. We all just need to be nice!

~The Book Pixie said...

I totally agree with you. I always try to be constructive and fair when I write a negative or mixed review. As a result, I don't think I've ever had an author be openly rude or mean towards me. I can't deny that I have gotten mixed up in some minor drama before but I try and keep out of it. If I feel I need to express my opinion about an issue, I try and discuss it with someone who feels the same way so I get it out of my system and don't stir up more drama since I've always been very passionate about my opinions and can occasionally get really defensive.

Anyway, great post girl!


Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Thanks everyone!

The book girl - Pat Benatar is amazing :)

Coffee and Book Chick - All bloggers really just need to learn to respect one another and respect the opinions of others. If everyone did, there would so much less drama.

Candace - I remember you blogging about it and I've blogged it before too, but it seems like people just don't take it to heart. Life would be so much easier if everyone would just chill out.

The Book Pixie - You write some of the most constructive reviews I've read. You're always very clear on what you like and what you may not like, so I wouldn't worry if I were you.

Bere said...

Excellent post, Nikki! I agree with everything you've stated. =]

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