Let me first explain the reasoning for this post, in case you're lost thus far, and please keep reading. It gets funnier and to the point in a second. Yesterday morning, a post (read it here; original unedited post here) popped up on an indie authors blog titled "Authors beware of unprofessional reviewers" wherein she basically said that her feelings were hurt because she read a negative review about one of her books and then went on to take it as a personal attack at themselves. So she came outright and exploited two blogs that didn't like her book per se and thus became personally victimized by this "Regina George." Which happens. She goes on bashing bloggers as a whole saying:
Oftentimes, the people who set up these kinds of blogs have never written a thing in their lives, except maybe a grocery list. Most are avid readers who think they are qualified to review someone else's work. So it's very sad when they go about damaging the image of upcoming small press and indie authors with the rubbish they write.What she meant was, and I quote Cady from Mean Girls, "I know it may look like I had become a bitch, but that's only because I was acting like a bitch." And that she was. The point of blogging is to give a personal opinion. Every single review on my blog has been a matter of the reviewers own opinion and I take pride in that fact. The reason you send a book to a blogger for review is for "an honest, thoughtful review" as stated in my Review Policy tab above. Now just because a couple of reviews are bad doesn't mean you need to jump from your high horse and hop onto your royal throne to condemn a blogger for doing so. It's their right to.
If I am sent a book for review, I will review it honestly. If I liked it, I'll say so. If not, I will usually state that I didn't like it and thus not review it. But that's just my personal approach thus to avoid such things. But through the action you took, instead of whining about it to friends and family, you took it to, where else, the blogging community itself! That was your second colossal mistake! Why post something, ranting on about "Oh, woe is me. You hate me, so I hate you..." These are my friends you're hating on and I really don't appreciate it.
I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of comments that came from the readers/bloggers that defended those thrown under the bus and criticized. I myself had to comment and left quite a long, thought out version of "You're treading on this water, these are my friends." Anyone who talks bad about my community will feel the distaste of the whole! After so many comments started to feed in, she then went back and edited her post to sound like the victim of some act of violence. Then commented again almost saying, "Half the people in this room are mad at me, and the other half only like me because they think I pushed somebody in front a bus, so that's not good." (okay, maybe that was from Mean Girls again) But it's true. Those commenting were not there for support any more, they were there in defense of their people who were verbally attacked because of hurt feelings.
In the end, I really believe she could've easily just said, "I wish we were all happy like we used to be in middle school. I wish I could bake a cake full of rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy...I just have a lot of feelings..." (also from Mean Girls) and she'd have avoided a lot of trouble. Though she may have lost her job as an author and any readership she did actually have, at least she got a great day of page views.
Readers: I hate that I had to write this, and trust me, I hate when it happens but you guys are my peeps and I stick up for my bloggers. You guys don't have to do it, you choose to do it because you love books and want to tell others about good books! It's your opinion so feel free to share it! And don't let anyone get you down. As always, I love you guys and hope you have a great day!
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