Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Blogger Pledge

I'm fairly new to the book blogging community, but I've been around to see dramas come and go - from author attacks on bloggers, to bloggers attacking each other. But this week has pushed me past my limit. The hippie in me just wants to step in and say, "Peace, Love, and Good Books, people." That's what it's all about. I've seen all the attacks going back and forth and read enough posts to make informed decisions for myself - but as none of these battles were my own, I've kept quiet.
Until a blogger used a serious situation which involved one blogger and turned it around to accuse the entire book blogging community. I have to say I was seriously offended and I was certainly not the only one. Still, I felt like responding to that post would only feed her power, so I didn't say anything then and it's why I'm not linking the post here.
There are always going to be bullies, but if you can control the situation and not give the bully power - their accusations won't hold as much weight. But really, if you don't support their opinion, by all means voice your own opinion, but please don't attack.

So I want to write here my own pledge as an individual who has made the decision to join the book blogging community. I'm sure there are other versions of this out there, but these are the values I feel are important to uphold.

My Pledge:
I understand that by blogging about books, I have joined a community. I understand that the book blogging community is well established and is composed of fierce, smart, and passionate individuals. 
I reserve the right to decide what content is published on my own blog, so long as the words are my own or the proper credit is given. I believe I have the right to my opinion; therefore, I respect that others may have their own opinion as well. 
If I don't agree with an opinion and feel the need to join the conversation, I will state my views and support my beliefs without purposely provoking anger or attacking the opposing side. If I cannot join a discussion in a thoughtful way, I will not join it at all. 
If another blogger makes a mistake, I reserve the right to make my own judgement and will respect others' right to do so as well.
I will never degrade or verbally attack another blogger, author, or publisher.
I will always remember that I represent a group of people and I will do my best in my part to keep the blogging community a safe place to discuss and voice opinions.
I will remember that I should treat others as I wish to be treated.
I will always do my best to be original in my content and stay true to my own self.
I will always respect the book blogging community. 
Now, please, can we remember why we're here? The good books and the lovely people who love those books. We all have the same love, so can't we all just be friends?

18 comments:

  1. <3 this.
    Well-said.

    I'm planning on advertising it a bit more, and being a better Moderater of it, but a couple of us started a Goodreads Group a few months ago called 'Blogger Loving', a group to stand up against all kinds of bullying within the blogging universe.
    It's a private group, invite only, (or request to join, I think), if you want to join us. Here's the link; http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64954-blogger-loving

    And feel free to spread the word. Let's not let this bullying ruin what we love <3

    ReplyDelete
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    1. P.S.
      This is not spam. I don't mean it to seem like spam.

      I totally agree with your standpoint and have the same views as you. Like-minded, good, honest people should stick together.
      But obviously, you need not join the group if you don't want to!

      [/stopsrambling]

      Delete
    2. Haha thanks Faye! It totally didn't seem like spam. I'm joining the group. Let me know if I can do anything to help you out with it. It's a great idea =)

      Delete
  2. I love that you wrote your own pledge. I think sometimes, it's important to know what you value about something you're doing, regardless of what others think. It's a valuable trait to have, understanding what you want to get out of doing something, and being able to enjoy it!

    :)

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    1. Yes! I want to get back to the fun in it, and I think the air needs to be cleared a bit before that can happen, so hopefully this is a good step in that direction.

      Delete
  3. I have been over the drama that I have been reading about for a while now. When I got this post in my email I almost ignored it completely. I am very glad I didn't. Your pledge was well written and I am glad for it. I hope more people begin to see the mistake 1 person made more like you do.

    Thank you for your post!!!

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    1. I totally understand that! It is definitely getting old and I'm tired of reading about it. Thanks for your kind comment =)

      Delete
  4. Couldn't have said it better myself!!! Thank you for this!

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  5. You are amazing. Thank you for this, so many people take a situation and then fingers point, words are exchanged and everyone feels hurt. I love your pledge and I think more people should read this post!

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  6. This is a wonderful pledge! Very well written and true to how I myself feel as a blogger!

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    1. Thank you =) Glad to know others feel this way as well!

      Delete
  7. Hey! Great point and great post! After all, we shouldn't forget what we're here for and your post has helped me a lot to remember! I still find it difficult, though, to decide where I stand in this discussion, because although I don't know Kristie personally and have only been blogging for a few weeks I don't see a way to stay out of the discussion completely.

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    1. Yeah, we need to get back to the fun! I've been feeling very in the middle of all the drama - and I fall along the lines of whatever it takes to bring peace back to the community =)

      Delete
  8. I totally agree with you. The blogging community is a community of a group of people who have some of the same interests. Why do we have to cute people down and bully people. Some people make mistakes and they should own up to those not brush it under the rug (is that the right expression?).

    Good for you for making this pledge. It has a lot of great points in it.

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    1. Thanks =) I think we need to remember that the actions of one affect a lot of people. But we do all love the same things so why can't we love each other? It seems like it should be so simple...*sigh*

      Delete
  9. Wow, I didn't even look at the date when I read all of this…it felt like something current..as I've just been involved with a little silliness, however, I have not uttered one word in blogland…so it looks like things like this do happen…in the meantime, I'll check out your group, see if you're still holding strong and thx for these words…june

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Blogger Pledge

I'm fairly new to the book blogging community, but I've been around to see dramas come and go - from author attacks on bloggers, to bloggers attacking each other. But this week has pushed me past my limit. The hippie in me just wants to step in and say, "Peace, Love, and Good Books, people." That's what it's all about. I've seen all the attacks going back and forth and read enough posts to make informed decisions for myself - but as none of these battles were my own, I've kept quiet.
Until a blogger used a serious situation which involved one blogger and turned it around to accuse the entire book blogging community. I have to say I was seriously offended and I was certainly not the only one. Still, I felt like responding to that post would only feed her power, so I didn't say anything then and it's why I'm not linking the post here.
There are always going to be bullies, but if you can control the situation and not give the bully power - their accusations won't hold as much weight. But really, if you don't support their opinion, by all means voice your own opinion, but please don't attack.

So I want to write here my own pledge as an individual who has made the decision to join the book blogging community. I'm sure there are other versions of this out there, but these are the values I feel are important to uphold.

My Pledge:
I understand that by blogging about books, I have joined a community. I understand that the book blogging community is well established and is composed of fierce, smart, and passionate individuals. 
I reserve the right to decide what content is published on my own blog, so long as the words are my own or the proper credit is given. I believe I have the right to my opinion; therefore, I respect that others may have their own opinion as well. 
If I don't agree with an opinion and feel the need to join the conversation, I will state my views and support my beliefs without purposely provoking anger or attacking the opposing side. If I cannot join a discussion in a thoughtful way, I will not join it at all. 
If another blogger makes a mistake, I reserve the right to make my own judgement and will respect others' right to do so as well.
I will never degrade or verbally attack another blogger, author, or publisher.
I will always remember that I represent a group of people and I will do my best in my part to keep the blogging community a safe place to discuss and voice opinions.
I will remember that I should treat others as I wish to be treated.
I will always do my best to be original in my content and stay true to my own self.
I will always respect the book blogging community. 
Now, please, can we remember why we're here? The good books and the lovely people who love those books. We all have the same love, so can't we all just be friends?

18 comments:

  1. <3 this.
    Well-said.

    I'm planning on advertising it a bit more, and being a better Moderater of it, but a couple of us started a Goodreads Group a few months ago called 'Blogger Loving', a group to stand up against all kinds of bullying within the blogging universe.
    It's a private group, invite only, (or request to join, I think), if you want to join us. Here's the link; http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64954-blogger-loving

    And feel free to spread the word. Let's not let this bullying ruin what we love <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. P.S.
      This is not spam. I don't mean it to seem like spam.

      I totally agree with your standpoint and have the same views as you. Like-minded, good, honest people should stick together.
      But obviously, you need not join the group if you don't want to!

      [/stopsrambling]

      Delete
    2. Haha thanks Faye! It totally didn't seem like spam. I'm joining the group. Let me know if I can do anything to help you out with it. It's a great idea =)

      Delete
  2. I love that you wrote your own pledge. I think sometimes, it's important to know what you value about something you're doing, regardless of what others think. It's a valuable trait to have, understanding what you want to get out of doing something, and being able to enjoy it!

    :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! I want to get back to the fun in it, and I think the air needs to be cleared a bit before that can happen, so hopefully this is a good step in that direction.

      Delete
  3. I have been over the drama that I have been reading about for a while now. When I got this post in my email I almost ignored it completely. I am very glad I didn't. Your pledge was well written and I am glad for it. I hope more people begin to see the mistake 1 person made more like you do.

    Thank you for your post!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I totally understand that! It is definitely getting old and I'm tired of reading about it. Thanks for your kind comment =)

      Delete
  4. Couldn't have said it better myself!!! Thank you for this!

    ReplyDelete
  5. You are amazing. Thank you for this, so many people take a situation and then fingers point, words are exchanged and everyone feels hurt. I love your pledge and I think more people should read this post!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a wonderful pledge! Very well written and true to how I myself feel as a blogger!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you =) Glad to know others feel this way as well!

      Delete
  7. Hey! Great point and great post! After all, we shouldn't forget what we're here for and your post has helped me a lot to remember! I still find it difficult, though, to decide where I stand in this discussion, because although I don't know Kristie personally and have only been blogging for a few weeks I don't see a way to stay out of the discussion completely.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, we need to get back to the fun! I've been feeling very in the middle of all the drama - and I fall along the lines of whatever it takes to bring peace back to the community =)

      Delete
  8. I totally agree with you. The blogging community is a community of a group of people who have some of the same interests. Why do we have to cute people down and bully people. Some people make mistakes and they should own up to those not brush it under the rug (is that the right expression?).

    Good for you for making this pledge. It has a lot of great points in it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks =) I think we need to remember that the actions of one affect a lot of people. But we do all love the same things so why can't we love each other? It seems like it should be so simple...*sigh*

      Delete
  9. Wow, I didn't even look at the date when I read all of this…it felt like something current..as I've just been involved with a little silliness, however, I have not uttered one word in blogland…so it looks like things like this do happen…in the meantime, I'll check out your group, see if you're still holding strong and thx for these words…june

    ReplyDelete