Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Book Blogging Confessions: Blogging Controversies
Book Blogging Confessions is a weekly meme hosted by Karen from For What It's Worth and Tiger from Tiger's All-Consuming Media. This week's question is about 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?
I'm kind of the strong and silent type when it comes to controversy and drama. The only time I ever get involved, especially on Twitter, is when someone is verbally attacking a friend of mine or someone was hurt by what someone else has said. I think people get so passionate about their opinion that they forget the person they're arguing with is still, in fact, a person. You can still have a strong opinion without criticizing someone else, ya know?
Sometimes I see people calling each other names on Twitter. Regardless of how you feel about what someone thinks or does, there is never a reason to use such vicious words with one another. My advice? Before you tweet it, read it once, twice, make sure it's intelligent and civil, then send it. People will respect you more for it.
Remember how I said I'm the strong and silent type? Believe me, I have my opinions in certain matters. The only difference is, I try my best not to get involved. No need to add fuel to the fire, if you ask me. Instead, I vent to my friends! My poor friends who have to hear me rant for a couple days till I get over it.
Friends really are the best resource blogging can offer you.
Now, plagiarism. The truth of the matter is, plagiarizing someone else's work and taking credit for it is just plain wrong. We've all learned at a young age that stealing is wrong, and there's no excuse for it. To be honest, I'm not sure how anyone should handle this matter. Personally, I just stop following the plagiarize-e on twitter and stop following their blog. I guess it's my way of indirectly voicing my opinion.
The same applies to authors behaving badly. I can't imagine how it feels to have someone criticize your work. I imagine it's like someone criticizing your baby, however, arguing back in a disrespectful manner is inexcusable. Remember, everything you say can and will probably used against you.
And finally, negative comments on our blogs. As long as they're respectful, I can deal with it. I'm the type person that appreciates someone for their opinion because I know not everyone will agree with me. Now, if someone calls me names on my blog and/or was completely disrespectful, that's a different story. My blog is my home, and no one disses Big Lena in her house! I would let that person know that while I understand their opinion, I'd really appreciate it if they didn't use such harsh language and to remember, of all things, be RESPECTFUL.
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AND THAT'S ALL SHE WROTE!
Do you guys agree with my opinion? Disagree? Let me know! If you've written a blogging confession post of your own, I'd love to read it!