I had originally had a completely different title and concept for this post. It was originally dubbed “Fill in the _________ Behaving Badly.” I was really upset over the trollish behavior hitting the book blogging world. Librarians attacking bloggers, bloggers attacking other bloggers, self-published/indie author attacking bloggers, bloggers attacking librarians, sad and pathetic anonymous “concerned citizen” types outing reviewers they deemed bullies, people kicking puppies…..I mean the list went on and on and there was a new drama every. single. day. I was going to link up articles, opinion pieces, and websites. It didn’t take long for a complete and utter woe is me pity party to strike up. I found myself sitting in front of my laptop wondering “What is it all for?” promptly followed by “No one is going to care how I feel about this. I’m not the only pissed off blogger out there.”
It seemed to me that the book blogging world had reached a new low. Bloggers had their pitchforks sharpened and ready in their trunks and Aim’n'Flames in their pockets. Eventually I realized that I didn’t want to contribute to the negativity shitfest so I let the post breathe.
During a three week time frame I seriously debated about just walking away. Never mind the fact that I’m paid up on domains and webhosting through May. What was it worth if this kind of behavior is on the up-rise? Then Amanda from On a Book Bender wrote a post that may have saved me from making a bad decision. I started thinking about why I was blogging and why I started blogging. It was like a light bulb went off. The two were no longer the same. That was my problem.
I adjusted my attitude and realized that all that negativity could only effect me if I allowed it to! Instead of voicing my opinion on the negative subjects, I’ve decided to counter it with positive. The single best thing that I have discovered about book blogging is it’s kick ass community. Wanna know a secret? In real life I am quiet and even a little socially awkward. I know right? Shocking. I know I don’t have a great handle on Twitter and that I fumble a lot BUT there are several people who have embraced me as a friend and equal simply because we have a passion for books.
In order to show my gratitude and thanks, once a month I’m going to spotlight a blogger who’s work I enjoy. Maybe I’ll so some interview type questions as well as highlight some great posts from their site.
This post is two-fold. I wanted to inject some positivity into the book blogging community. Help me to ramp it up! Have a blog? Wanna spread some cheerfulness? Do a post on why you enjoy blogging and add it to the linky. Don’t have a blog? Leave a comment.
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