Okay, so at the risk of sounding redundant, I would like to discuss a topic that most everyone has written a post about already. I'm sure most of you have read the article. I decided not to link to it because I don't want to show support for the author, and I have no wish to make it a rage-click article.
I have no interest in hashing out what exactly went down and the crazy actions an author took because a book blogger wrote a bad review for her book. Instead, I do want to make it clear to the readers and users at Of Spectacles and Books that we are firmly against the actions this author took.
You may call me a bit naïve, but I never thought of using a pseudonym for my book blog, like many of my other book blogging friends. I've always thought that if you're smart about how you give out your information, this kind of stuff won't happen to you. Obviously, I was wrong. This stuff happens to people all the time, and it just so happened to hit home in the book blogging community this weekend.
I have been blogging for almost a year now and have seen many dramas pop up on Twitter and various social media outlets. I've seen authors react badly to reviews, comments, opinions, etc. I've even seen a few minor issues going on between bloggers (but that seems more on the DL and on a more personal basis than out for all to see -this is very rare, mind you).
I've always thought of the book blogging community to be a safe place -one where we can come together and revel in our love for books. Obviously, running a book blog comes along with writing some negative reviews as well. I don't write many one star reviews, but I've written a couple pretty harsh ones. Is it crazy that now I'm worried about my lack of anonymity, just because this one author decided to stalk a book blogger?
Yes, I do go by my real name, and people can easily find out what state I live in as well as possibly where I'm from. That's a bit unnerving now that I think about it in context of this article, but I digress.
Here at this blog, I have no desire to exploit or share any sort of information that you give me. When receiving your information, I do not take that lightly, and I have no intention of sharing that information with anyone without your consent, that goes for email addresses as well.
Know that if you ever have questions about any of our policies or how we receive and use the information given to us, you can always shoot us an email. To the bloggers affected by this experience, whether that's the actual experience or by reading the article, know that we are behind you and do NOT support the invasion of privacy.
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