Bloggers are Humans Too | Discussions at Dawn [#1]

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Hey guys!

Welcome to the first Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.


Bloggers are Humans Too

Recently there has been a lot of controversy floating around the book blogging community in the forms of hate comments. This all started with a review postedย about a very popular book that was released this month.

In the review the blogger explains the problems that arose and why the blogger didn’t enjoy them. But what comes with an honest opinion, also comes uncalled backlash. As book bloggers we have the right to our own opinions, and that includes not liking certain books. It does not give other people the right to bash, threaten, or bully you.

We need to be united as a book blogging community. This should be a fun environment where we can share our thoughts on the books we love and the books we didn’t love. We need to realize that not everyone is going to share the same opinions, and we need to realize that it is not a personal attack when someone doesn’t like a book you do.

I stand behind bloggers rights to their own opinions as long as they do not harm, bully or belittle the author and other readers in the process. So my point to all this is that bloggers are humans too. There is someone behind that computer screen with feelings and heart. Don’t send them hate or bully them over their opinions. It’s just not right.

Together I believe that we can improve and make the book blogging community a more happier and accepting place if we leave our hurt feelings aside. If you don’t agree with someone’s opinion, move on. It’s simple.


Sorry if that was a bit of a rant. I just needed to get that off my chest. What do you think about the hate some bloggers get over their opinions? Do you agree or disagree with it? What are some ways we could improve the book blogging community?

See you next time,

Sig New

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26 thoughts on “Bloggers are Humans Too | Discussions at Dawn [#1]

  1. I LOVE that your bringing this topic up, I think people need to be more self aware and realize like you say that bloggers are normal people with feelings and to personally attack a person based off them disagreeing with your opinion is so wrong. It comes back down to how people also think that they can say anything on the internet with no consequences.

    Sadly I have seen bloggers get some awful comments, even on sites like Goodreads. One thing that stuck with me once was how an author (not a well known author) commented on a review left about the book calling the reviewer a ‘liar’ and all sorts of other names. I contacted goodreads myself and put in a complaint, I couldn’t fathom how an author was responding so rudely to a review which was offering an honest opinion. In life we aren’t going to meet people who love everything we do or agree with everything we think, that would be awfully boring but the way you acknowledge that is up to you. In terms of this author they clearly expected everyone to love what they had done and didn’t consider criticism.

    I think before a comment is left everyone should ask themselves ‘is this constructive?’ or if you don’t agree with a person’s opinions say so in a discussion type way where you bring forth your own ideas. Such as ‘interesting thoughts, I myself thought of it this way’.

    I hope the reviewer you are referring to in this post is ok, they deserve no hate comments for an opinion especially when they are being truly honest and doing the right thing explaining what they didn’t like about the book.

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    • I stand against all types of bullying, especially cyber bullying. It is cowardice and insolent.

      Having a negative review of a book shouldn’t start a bullying riot. People have the rights to their own opinions, especially if they can back them up, and that’s exactly what this blogger did.

      This bullying has got to stop. I won’t stand for it. I just hope that my post brings awareness and that it helps even just one person.

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  2. Hey Jesse, thank you so much for the post and spreading awareness about this! While liking a book is definitely personal, it definitely got out of hand this week. As people have said, you’re basically attacking someone to defend fictional characters who don’t exist. That makes sense to no one. I do think it’s important to foster these types of discussions, especially since things aren’t always rosy in the book blogosphere. Hopefully by spreading awareness do people realise that we won’t stand for it.

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    • I think it’s very important to take a stand against cyber bullying. It cowardice and insolent.

      I needed to say something of my own because it was bothering me what was going on. I just hope it helps someone out, even just a little!

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  3. This is so TRUE. And I remember once I wrote about a book that I didn’t like. And that happens with me like ‘one in a millionth’ time. But what can I do if I don’t like the book? We are meant to be ‘reviewer’ whose responsibility includes telling the truth, not writing fake praises of the authors.
    And we are doing them good, telling them where they are lacking or to say what they should improve. Productive criticism should always be welcome and the author out of all the people should know that. And what’s the point of providing their books to reviewers if they don’t want to listen the truth, anyway!

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    • I agree. It’s the die hard fans that take the most offense to a negative or less then praising review.

      But when they cross the line into cyber bullying, that’s when I can’t sit back and watch. I must say something.

      I just hope this brings a little more awareness to the issue and helps even just one person out!

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  4. “We need to realize that not everyone is going to share the same opinions, and we need to realize that it is not a personal attack when someone doesnโ€™t like a book you do.”

    I’m so glad you wrote this post Jesse. It’s true that some people end up thinking it’s some sort of personal attack when it’s not. Last night I tweeted out an opinion about a book and someone ended up making it as a personal attack to her and her mother. I did not intend for that to happen, and I apologized profusely if she felt like I was being ignorant, when really I was stating my opinion about a fictional character. I honestly think people need to be more mindful when they read other’s reviews. Not everything is a personal attack and not everyone will like a book you like. I don’t like it when someone starts swearing at someone or calling out slurs.. That crosses a line and I won’t stand for it.

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    • None of us should stand for it. What happened to you last night was one of the things we need to work on. I read the tweets and was shocked. I get what happened to her mom is devastating, and you apologized for it too. But one should never lead with curse words and slander. It’s just not cool.

      We need to stand together and speak up when we see this cyber bullying. We can’t let it continue!

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  5. This wasn’t a rant at all, instead I think you covered a very important topic that has been bothering a lot of us lately. It’s not the first time that I heard of bloggers getting hate comments and I simply don’t get it. I would never purposely hurt another being and as you said, we are all entitled to our own opinions, even if they might differ from what someone else is thinking. I agree, as long as someone isn’t irrationally bashing a book, but rather explaining why they didn’t enjoy it, it is completely legitimate for them to rate it lowly or not at all.
    I really thought the community was better than this :/

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    • I agree. I feel it’s the hardcore fans that are the perpetrators of the cyber bullying. It’s kind of like the fans for mega pop stars like One Direction and Justin Bieber. One negative thing said about the singers and their fans explode with hate filled comments.

      All we can do is spread awareness and speak up when something is bothering us! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Glad you posted this, Jesse! Because ugh, I can’t believe that others would engage in hate against other people like this! We all love books – but we have differing opinions – and we should respect that! I’m going to generalise a bit – but I’m fairly sure all of us book bloggers actually try to be pretty nice in our reviews, and if we do dislike a book, we all try to be as reasoned as possible, and not bash on the author, etc. It’s a pity that sometimes, others can’t remember that, and bash the reviewer ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • And the review in question was nothing but constructive. Nothing negative was said about the author or her work. It’s the die hard fans that get offended.

      I just hope with more awareness we can put an end to the cyber bullying!

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  7. Gosh I hate people who are mean to other people because they have a different opinion on something to someone else. There is always a nice day to say something and if you don’t agree with someone’s opinion you CAN say it nicely without being a jerk about it.
    – Yasmin

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