Monday, July 2

Book Blogger Confessions: Blogger Warfare


Question: 

Blogging controversies? How do you address them? Do you join the Twitter frenzy? Write a ranty post? Stay on the sidelines and hope they go away?
How do you think we should address plagiarism scandals? Bad author behavior? Negative comments on our blogs?

 I must at least admit that my curiosity does strongly influence me to delve into the fray to find out what the fuss is all about. I can't say that all the effort edifies me in any way yet there is something fascinating about other people's dirty laundry. Well not really. When young I was always easy to jump to judgements about other people's actions and words. I would take offense or spread a little. It wasn't pretty and one day I came to that sad realization. I wish I could go back and undo all that stuff. The good thing is that I have learned at least a little. I haven't learned to be any better with my social graces. Offending people is a bit second nature to me. But I usually don't mean to do it these days. As such I really don't write ranty posts. I try not to comment when drama hits the fan. It seems that there is always someone out there ready to misinterpret your comment.
Plagiarism
Is there honestly one thing out there that wasn't in some way plagiarized? I would rather read strikingly similar love triangles than no books at all. Is there really much originality left in the world? Artists paint an apple but they didn't create it, only put it in their own words. I figure it is best to keep to myself since I am certainly not without my errors. I would rather when someone comes across my error be given compassion and understanding than be dragged through the mud. If that is the treatment I hope for when my inevitable mistake comes along than the least I can do is to treat others the same. Besides tearing another person down won't make me a better person and it certainly won't make me more likeable. I am who I am.
Author behavior
Thankfully I haven't dealt with any bad behavior from authors. They have all be very nice to me even if I didn't like their book. If they were upset I can understand that. I can only imagine if I had poured my heart and soul into a book over a span of several months then put it out for others to see I might be a bit touchy when people spit on it. Who wouldn't? Once again though I try to go with the treat others as you want to be treated thing. So I try not to let it get to me when others are spreading stuff about bad author behavior.
In both of these topics what I find bugs me the most is the "ban" that people call for. They decide to pass judgement  and expect others to bow to their decision. Then when we decide to ignore we in turn draw their censure. Just because I don't want to be mean doesn't infer I am a bad person. If I put together a post because of my own likes I don't see why I should be frowned upon. I don't do the post with the intent of getting followers. I simply enjoy the post and therefore put it together. Also, I will comment where I feel inclined to add my penny thoughts. I don't care what the person has done or who says they should be blacklisted. If they put together a post that calls my attention I want to show my appreciation.
I am sorry if this has offended anyone but I wish we wouldn't fight. Why can't we just enjoy the awesomeness of the book blogging community. There are already enough outer forces trying to tear us down. We need to stick together and form a tight community that looks out for each other.

Anyway, thanks for the topic.

5 comments:

  1. I used to be an admitted lover of controversies but I now see that it accomplishes nothing and you end up living in some sort of real life Mean Girls movie.

    I disagree with you a bit about the plagiarism. While some cases involve people who don't know better to credit others or that *inspired by* doesn't necessarily = plagiarizing, there are people who are purposely copying reviews etc for their own personal gain.

    But I do agree that it serves no purpose to get whipped into a frenzy berating the person over and over again. I just unfollow that person and don't add to their blog traffic. It seems like the all around perfect solution for everyone to me.

    These controversies seem to make us draw battlelines and pit blogger against blogger which I really don't understand. It would be a sad place if we were all of like minds or couldn't share our opinions. Isn't that what blogging is all about?

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  2. Very true about those who purposely offend. That is just asking for trouble.

    I do think we tend to try an compete with each other a bit too much instead of being a friendly open community. Yes, it should be a place where we share opinions. :)

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  3. It seems like blogging has turned into this homogenized thing. Where we're supposed to follow some sort of unspoken rules rather than having our own space to share our thoughts.

    You can always unfollow if you don't like the way someone blogs. We don't need to change the other person.

    I think we are overall a supportive community. The other thing about these controversies is that it makes it seem like there is more drama than there really is. I have found the most amazing supportive friends through blogging.

    The drama - even at events like BEA/ALA is greatly exaggerated. It's there of course - I'm not gonna lie but not to the extent that it appears.

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  4. thanks for your imput and agree with you.

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  5. I like what you have to say especially about being understanding. I usually give others the benefit of the doubt but when things seem unfair it's hard to. The apple analogy is a good one, but the artists are not claiming to have created said apple...but I do get what you mean...it's their version of the apple. However, I do think there is plenty of originality left in the world and it's frustrating to the person being plagiarized when someone else's work looks suspiciously similar to their own. And yes, I do agree that to continue to drag someone through the mud and never let an issue go is hurtful to both parties.

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