Monday, July 2, 2012
Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger from All Consuming Media and Karen from For What It's Worth Reviews to discuss issues unique to book bloggers. To find out details, please visit their blogs.
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?
It really depends. While I don’t like to fan the flames or reward anyone for inappropriate behavior by giving them and the situation attention, sometimes I have to state my opinion or my support for the person who I feel was wronged – whether it’s just a Tweet or a comment on someone’s blog. That being said, I do not join the Twitter frenzy unless I feel I have something constructive to say. I love the ranty posts I read sometimes, but I personally hesitate to write how I feel sometimes, because I fear that I won’t be able to get my feelings across as well as I would like to.
How do I think we should address plagiarism scandals…Patrick Brown from Goodreads stated at a panel at the Book Bloggers Conference that the “…ethical piece falls into place as common sense…” and other panelists said they would not work with plagiarizers. However, not all bloggers are treated the same. I’m not saying that people don’t deserve a second chance, but I’ve witnessed less known and less popular bloggers who have apologized openly for plagiarising demonized, shunned and then fall off the blogosphere. In this community, we have seen this is not the case for everyone.
Most of us know about The Story Siren issue and I’m sure this is what that part of the question is about. However, I don’t see a large drop in her numbers, friends, supporters or invitations. I don't know her personally well enough to judge whether it is her character that has allowed her to weather this storm or if it is simply about numbers, popularity and revenue. Maybe it is both. Or, maybe publishers, authors, readers and other bloggers simply like and forgive her and that is their perogative. However, I think the whole issue has opened a lot of people’s eyes in a lot of different ways.
I think that bad author behavior is often regulated by other authors and bloggers. If an author behaves inappropriately to a blogger, often other bloggers and authors come to that blogger’s defense and point out the poor behavior of said author. I also think that the author digs their own hole because many readers will not read that person’s work and bloggers certainly will not work with them.
Negative comments, well everyone is entitled to their opinion and I love dialogue about a subject. However, if a person is inappropriate, I might just say something like “Thank you for your opinion.”
I would love to hear what you have to say about these issues.