We book bloggers are a strange bunch, we come in all sorts and flavours. We all have an incline towards a genre, an author, or at times just a pretty cover may be all it takes to pique our interest. I tend to enjoy books that no one else has and I've never met a dystopian I haven't enjoyed on some level. But for all our differences, I had always thought I was part of a community that is supportive of it's bloggers and willing to lend a much needed hand to the new and confused. The short answer? Yes, we're mostly all awesome. The long and complicated answer? No, we're certainly not.
I attribute my blogging prowess to the girls who you'll find at Happy Indulgence and Sporadic Reads, Jeann and Dre. These girls are friendly and fabulous and taught me how to be the best blogger I can be. Yes, it sounds like motivational bullshit, but it proves my point that with a little guidance from established bloggers, our community can only learn and grow. But what happens when bloggers don't play well with others? Those who believe they're part of a blogging elite? Well, shit goes down and I'll be damned if I'm going to be part of that.
On Twitter not so long ago, is a perfect example of how how the community pulls together, but for all the wrong reasons. A young girl who was caught plagiarising, not only publicly humiliated, but a vigilante group emerged and bullied the young girl. Was the plagiariser in the wrong? Yes. She did deserve to be humiliated and torn apart? Hell no. Surely those calling for blood had never made a mistake before in their lives. Must be terribly lonely sitting up in those ivory towers.
Ivory tower syndrome doesn't just apply to the mean and demented, what about those who ignore others altogether? The lesser of two evils, perhaps they don't have the time to step outside of that safe bibliophile womb, otherwise known as a blog. But perhaps, they just don't like the rest of us. I was under the assumption that to get the most from any blogging community, you need to give something back, but apparently that doesn't apply to everyone. I'm a firm believer of the power of commenting. I may not have time to comment on every blog that I'd like to, but I don't care if you've got two members or two thousand, if you've got something interesting to say, I want to hear about it.
But what happens when you ignore other bloggers attempting to interact with you through other mediums, such as social media? We blog, we offer opinions on books and book related subjects, and yes, everyone deserves the right to reply. Let's face it, publishers allow us to review their books free of charge, so we can offer an honest opinion on whether the book is worth spending your hard earned on it. No readership? Alienated within the community for being a blog hermit? Half an hour per week to support others is well worth it, if not for yourself, then to support our new and upcoming little guys.
So this brings me to my point.
This is where I pledge to be a better book blogger. One who is supportive of others, who will always find a kind word to encourage others and see that they feel validated and respected. I vow to stand up for those who can't themselves, be polite, make time for others and take a stand against bullying.
Now this is where you come in. A movement starts with an idea, so move your asses and do something about it. Lead by example, and others shall follow.