Book Blogger Confessions is a new meme hosted by All-Consuming Books and For What It's Worth. You can find out all about it here.
Every second week there is one topic that has something to do with book-blogging that you can discuss on your blog.
How do you think we should address plagiarism scandals? Bad author behavior? Negative comments on our blogs?
I know a lot of people pride themselves on staying out of all blogging drama, but I personally don't think it's wrong to join in. I don't post about it on the blog, and I don't tweet about it loads. But I do tweet about it a few times, and I'm not afraid to say where I stand on those issues.
Especially the first two examples are ones I feel strongly about; a blogger plagiarizing is wrong, and an author attacking a blogger for writing a negative review is wrong. And that's why I think it's important to talk about things like that. Excuse my language, but it pisses me off when someone does something like that and suffers no consequences.
No, I'm not saying I'm condoning bullying someone who made a mistake. But I personally do not want to support a plagiarist, or an author who attacked a blogger. And in order to be able to stop supporting that person, I need to find out what that person did. That means I want people to tweet the links and talk about it. And since I know others want to know about it, too, I'll tweet about it as well.
I get that not everyone wants to get involved in stuff like this. But I don't think staying quiet and hoping the drama will go away soon is the way to go. We need to spread what we know about, we need to share links, and we need to openly discuss these issues, because plagiarism and bad author behavior are not okay.
Negative comments on blogs is another example listed in the question, but I kind of don't think it belongs there - it's nowhere near as bad as plagiarism or attacking a blogger for a negative review, in my opinion. To me, negative comments are a more personal issue that I'd deal with privately, unless it's a recurring issue.
How do you deal with blogging drama?