We interrupt this previously scheduled LOST book club month to talk about something thats going on in the book blogging world right now. (That's the problem with theme months)
There's a lot of talking going on about plagiarism, what the difference is between shaming and accountability, pressure and responsibility. If you have missed some of these conversations do some searching on twitter with the hashtags #truthtrain and #bloghonest.
I'm new to the book blogging world (1 year in October) and one of the best things about book blogging is the other book bloggers. In my experience, the book bloggers I've come into contact with are funny, smart, honest, kind, good souls. Even people that I disagree with on things like religion, politics, and other hot button issues have blogs and personalities that I enjoy. I am so fortunate that these are the people I experience in the book blogging world.
Thank you to the people who put in the effort. People who take their limited free time to read and review books that are clogging my "to be read" pile. People who think of creative posts that inspire me to do more than "just" review books. People who offer encouragement and sympathy on social media when you're in a slump or when life is not going your way.
Not all people are like this. People steal. People are petty and crappy.People have egos the size of Montana. It saddens me to see the toxicity of these kind of people spread into the lives of the kinds of bloggers I know.
If you're a blogger and you're feeling like you can't keep up with the schedule that you have set for yourself this is what you do: you post something that says "Guys, I need a break, I just can't do this right now." No one will be angry, everyone will understand. When you are done from your break, people will be happy to see that you have returned. The answer to your burnout is never, ever, ever, taking someone elses work and passing it off as your own.
I wish I could be more eloquent like others who have written on this topic. But what it boils down to is:
- Taking personal responsibility and not just apologizing, but doing whatever it takes to make things right is not just good, it's what has to be done.
-Protecting yourself and your work is not "bitchy" or "mean". It's protecting something that you have created and it's always okay.
-Treat each other with kindness. There's enough terrible things on the internet and the world that if we can make book blogging a refuge of support and love why wouldn't we do that? (But negative reviews are still okay :) because those have their place too)
To close, here's a picture of a corgi pretending he's a turtle because when I feel sad corgis make me feel better.