It took three months for Reading the Best of the Best to be born on September 16, 2009.
I was then introduced to social networks (besides Facebook) and the Facebook for bookworms: GoodReads.
I LOVED GoodReads when I first came across it. I LOVED the blogosphere when I came across it. I LOVED IT ALL. And I wanted to be part of that wonderful, welcoming community where people could talk about book endlessly.
The world back then was so...nice.
CLARIFICATION: I don't like drama. I don't handle it very well. See, I am VERY, VERY opinionated person and I am also stubborn. I know facts to support my argument and I don't say anything without some sort of knowledge but I don't like drama AT ALL. It ruins my mood and I'm not a nice sight when I'm in a bad mood. So, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to it. Actually, I didn't in 2009 and 2010 because most of it I could ignore. It wasn't in my face back then.
First, there was the plagiarism drama with The Story Siren. Which EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON seemed to want to write about. It was stretched FROM THE MOON AND BACK. People bullied Kristi. Then they bullied the ladies who were plagiarized and then who knows what happened after that! I no longer have anything to do with Kristi and her blog because I read every single piece of evidence I was given and I made a mental decision. I never posted about it publicly (I talked about it among friends). I have no intention to fuel the drama.
Then there was the whole white washing of the YA covers going on. Actually, white washing is something that comes to light every year and rightfully so.
And the one that I'm sure came to huge attention last year: the reviewer/author relationship and the negative reviews and who should read them and of course: GoodReads.
People are all up in arms over "negative" reviews and "bullying" and a whole lot of name calling. There are thousands and thousands of comments EVERY WHERE.
From GoodReads came The Selection Debacle. When I first read this, I was shocked and APPALLED AT THIS. How could the author and her agent do such a thing? I mean really?
And most recently, came a site where the author's profile people they believe to be GoodReads bullies. I'm not even going to link it here. I don't want them to get any more hits than they are getting. Again, The Readventurer has more information there. When I read their post, I felt so bad for Rachel Vincent who's book was apparently on this sites "Recommended" list and she got lots of hate from this. That is just sad. Really, truly sad.
What is my point is: The blogosphere has changed DRASTICALLY in the last 4 years, from what I've observed of course.
It's not as nice as it once was. People used to make good points without drying to harm anyone else with words. People were respectful and didn't bring out the pitch forks and fire.
Mind you, I still read well written arguments and then there are well written arguments that make me laugh. So, yes, there are still awesome people in the blogosphere. Even if I didn't link them here, I still see them around.
What is the point of this post?!
What I want to know is: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? Why are we go aggressive these days? WHY IS THERE SO MUCH DRAMA? WHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHY?
Why do we feel it is important to create A FREAKIN SITE that profiles GoodReads "bullies." The point of this site? To stop the bullies.
It has all led me to:
I no longer absolutely, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt love this community. I really, truly don't.
Maybe that's harsh. Oh well. It's the truth. I LOVE bloggers and reviews but I think we're all forgetting something: WE. ARE. ALL. HUMAN. Does that excuse you from anything when you DID something wrong? No. If you really did write a review attacking the author than shame on you. No one should do that. If you're reviews are well written and not harsh but truthful and you're talking about the BOOK and not the AUTHOR, than good for you!
My point is, we are all human and we all have feelings. Respect them. I always said that everything I needed to know about life, I learned in kindergarden:
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.
Treat people how you want to be treated.
The point of this post is my attempt for someone to please tell me WHAT HAPPENED. Why has the face of the blogosphere and reading community changed so drastically? Why does drama pop up and every single blogger get associated with people who are in the wrong?
Am I the only one who has noticed this? Are you all seeing this too? What are your views on these?