This post is about blogging etiquette; both on your blog and when commenting on someone else’s. For whatever reason, people tend to be far ruder on the internet than they are in real life. Now, for the most part, the book blogging community is one of the nicest internet communities I could have asked for. But that doesn’t mean someone doesn’t unintentionally do something a little bit rude. Here’s a list of things that you probably shouldn’t do.
Look, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t like a book, but don’t bash on an author because of it. It used to be no big deal to me when I saw someone do it, but now I’m a writer myself and I know how it feels. Tell people what you didn’t like about the book, not about how the author is a horrible writer and should never touch a pen again.
I once went looking on another book review website and found my review for Panic. And I didn’t submit it too that website. Someone had copy-pasted it word for word and submitted it as their own. I reported it and it got taken down, but it was still insanely irritating, mostly because someone else was taking credit for my hour of work.
Now, most people know not to do this, but there might be something smaller; taking a photograph from some else’s blog, using a line from one of their posts…this might not seem like much but it’s still plagiarizing. And, sticking with this topic,
GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
If your post is based of another bloggers, SAY SO. If I found my “Judging a Book By It’s Cover” thing on another blog and they didn’t give me credit, I would get mad. I spent time thinking that up, and to have someone else take it without giving me credit for it would be infuriating.
There’s something really disappointing about getting a notification about a comment all it being is “great post, now here’s a link to my blog!” Look, I get trying to get more traffic to your blog. But a comment like that practically screams “I don’t really care what you said, I just want you to come to my blog”. Write a nice comment (try to aim for four sentences at the least) and add a link to your blog at the bottom.
Writers also keep this in mind: if a blogger says no review requests, don’t send them a review request, no matter how much you think they’ll like your book.
AGREE TO DISAGREE
We all have different opinions. However, we should not have to wake up to find that people have called us names on Goodreads because they didn’t agree with a two-star review that we wrote. If you disagree with someone, that’s fine, but explain why you disagree, and do it nicely. That way you can have an actual conversation with someone, without hurting any feelings.
So! So you guys agree with any of these? Do you disagree with any? Do you feel like there’s anything that should be added?