Soooo… I’ve gone back and forth this week on whether or not to make a blog post about the latest brouhaha in the GR / book blogging world and this atrocious new site ‘stoptheGRbullies’. On the one hand, I have some vera strong opinions on what they are doing over there. On the other hand, I don’t want to draw any more attention to them and drive traffic over there. What to do, what to do.
*sigh* keeping quiet isn’t really my style. So… here I am.
As a blogger/reader/sort of reviewer who's had her share of BS from authors, fans of and just general whack jobs, even tho this hits a little close to home for my comfort, I've decided...I won’t blog my opinions. At least not my opinions on whether or not I think bad reviews, or not backing down from them, is bullying authors; or about a whether or not it’s a reviewers job to put forth formal critique for authors to learn from; or whether or not they should review with kid gloves so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings. Or any of the rest.
*growls* At least not this time.
But I did want to say a couple of things. As for how I feel about the whole horrendous site… its wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.
Past that, I think I’ll bite my tongue, for now, and say… check out Jennifer Armintrout's blog post on it all. She nailed it.
Tongue biting aside, I do want to go on record tho, to say this.
I have seen and participated in several/many conversations about this new stop the bully site this week. There seems to be a split, for and against this practice of outing reviewers and posting personal RL info and inflammatory comments as this site has done. As to the whole situation...
I call bullshit.
I call bullshit so strongly, that for the record…
I, as a reader, will never read a single word written by an author that supports that site, or this practice.
I will not visit a blog by a blogger that supports that site or practice.
I, as a blogger, will never allow anyone who supports this crap in anyway to ever post on this blog.
Amara's Place is 100% Anti-Outing. I was against it last year when authors and friends were being outed for some kind of misguided reader good. I'm against it today with readers, reviewers and bloggers being outed for some kind of misguided author good.
I am 100% against this practice. For any reason.
I must say, I'm a bit surprised by some of the people I've come into contact with that think this site is a good idea; that what they are doing is somehow beneficial to the book community. They're only outing bullies after all. Right?
I wonder... are they? Who decides? And why? What kind of damage will this do? But...mostly, I wonder...
Author, reader, blogger, or just plain joeshittheragman...considering that “bully” is the latest buzz word on the internet to describe anyone who disagrees with someone, will you still agree that this is all ok when they deem /you/ a bully and come for you next?
Somehow, I don't think so.