Stop & Chat is a weekly discussion post here at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we talk about what ever tickles my fancy!
Today’s Stop & Chat post is something that really confuses me.
Bloggers and Authors behaving “badly”…What are your thoughts?
One of my many naive thoughts before I started blogging was that books and book blogging in general must be 100% drama free. I figured that a group of people who share an interest as morally teaching as books, couldn’t possibly result in any form of drama.
Obviously I was wrong, but who would have thought I’d be so far off?!
In the short 7 months that I’ve been blogging I’ve seen post about plagiarism, authors calling readers stupid, bloggers going for each other’s jugular, and don’t even get me started on the twitter “tit for tats”! I’ve watched bloggers be attacked by authors and their loyal followers, and vice versa. I’ve seen the bad, the ugly and the mudslinging and you know what? I’m still a bit shocked!
I was raised in a very stereotypical fashion, so believe me when I say I know drama. Which is one of the main reasons I do my best to stay out of it. But occasionally I run across a post or article that leaves such a icky taste in my mouth all I can do is shake my head and swear never to visit that persons site or read that authors work. I won’t name names because thats tacky and I don’t have time to instigate. But it always amazes me by how many other people do! I’m not shaming anyone or judging, I’m just making an observation. Why, is it ok for us to publicly persecute a person for persecuting someone else? An author makes a stupid comment/post about “X” blogger not reading a book right (which I’ve had happen!) and then said blogger turns around to defend themselves. Next thing you know you have followers versus followers and people doing the exact thing they are speaking out against.
I don’t condone anyone acting tasteless or having their head stuck up their ass in general, and it aggravates me whenever I see that kind of tweet or post. But I also know that drama is a staple in ever facet of life. People thrive off it, crave it, even love it and the book industry is not immune sadly.
What are your thoughts about authors/bloggers behaving badly? Link up below!