The Blogger Blackout: What It Is & What It Isn’t

Hopefully you read my earlier post about I Support the Blogger Blackout, which explains why it’s taking place. But there’s some confusion about it, so here’s an explanation:

The Blogger Blackout is NOT designed to:
-Punish/harm/hurt all authors
-Be permanent (though it may be for some)

The Blogger Blackout IS designed to:
-Support bloggers’ rights
-Help bloggers rekindle enthusiasm for reading, books, authors, reviewing, and blogging
-Be only temporary (anywhere between a few days and a week)
-Use the time to instead blog about issues pertinent to readers and bloggers, and to share blogging memories and favourite old books

Most, if not all, of us aren’t paid to blog or review, so we do this in our own time for free. Even we need some time off to rest and restore, and choose to do so now.

The very fact that SOME authors are taking the blackout personally goes to show how little bloggers are appreciated by some members of book community. Every week we share appreciation for reading, books, and authors. The ONE WEEK we decide to refill the well of inspiration and enthusiasm, we’re met by some with, “Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the authors?!”

Authors, this isn’t about YOU. (Unless you are one of the reasons why the blackout is taking place – see previous post.) It is not personal. It isn’t about punishing or hurting authors. You may have told us that you’re sad the blackout is taking place. We’re sad about it, too – but it’s the only way we can think of to peacefully fight back against an industry whose major players refuse to address bloggers’ concerns for privacy, safety, and security. To peacefully fight back against HarperTeen, whose silence regarding KH we take to mean they condone her disturbing actions, and The Guardian for publishing – WITHOUT fact-checking – her account and for (likely) monetarily rewarding her for it.

Again, this Blogger Blackout is only TEMPORARY. We’ll be back soon reviewing and promoting new releases as usual. This ONE TIME we’re putting bloggers first. Others, please wait your turn.

(Also, the more you complain about the blackout, the more we’re unlikely to review and promote your work when the blackout ends.)

We shouldn’t have to reassure the ones in power that we trust them. If anything, those in power should be reassuring us that they respect our boundaries and won’t exploit us.

Your patience is respected, and your support is appreciated.

#BloggerYes, #HaleNo, and #BloggerBlackout.

Thank you.

Tez Miller, of Tez Says

16 responses to “The Blogger Blackout: What It Is & What It Isn’t

  1. I feel like many authors who are taking the blackout personally misunderstand the motivations of many bloggers who simply read to share their experiences of books, not primarily sell books. Because an author may use whatever promotional venue they can to sell their work (and, yeah, understandable – it is a profession), but to assume that all readers/reviewers are tasked with the aim of primarily “selling” their work, is putting words and motivations in the reader/reviewer’s mouth that may not be there at all.

    That, and it shows a lack of understanding what it means to just read and enjoy the experience for what it offers, and then share that experience regardless of the tone that experience takes on. Oy vey.

    • The sheer entitlement of “how dare you write for YOU – you should write for AUTHORS” really shited me, so I had to write the post. Unfortunately, some still see bloggers as publicity machines, and nothing more 😦

  2. Author who fully supports the blackout

    Maybe some of the downtime could be spent writing letters to Harper, the Guardian, etc. After all, it’s easy for these huge corporations to turn a blind eye to social media. Less easy to ignore direct correspondence.

    Thank you for being classy and exercising your right to protest peacefully.

  3. Reblogged this on Writing through Rose Tinted Glasses and commented:
    I think this sums up my sentiments of what I consider the #BloggerBlackout to be, and I fully support it, as well as am participating in it at present.

  4. Thanks for this. I’m cranky that some authors (yes, a minority) are making this all about them. Readers power publishing, and yet we are at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to power. We can only read what is written, and we can only vote with our wallets and what we choose to read/blog about. The idea that we owe authors reviews or promo really bugs me; I hate the mindset that says advance copies, or free books, give us any obligation. And the idea that our reviews should all be promo, be positive, be “respectful,” is a load of garbage.

    • I know that some aren’t participating in the blackout because they “refuse to be silenced”, and that’s fine. The blackout is about taking back our agency, by CHOOSING not to review/promote. And that “not all authors” thing just reminds me so much of “not all men”, and it makes me feel uncomfortable.

  5. Don’t let the self-centered whiners get you down.

  6. Oh, to be clear, when I mention whiners, I’m talking about people complaining that the blogger blackout is hurting them and ignoring the more important issues.

  7. Reblogged this on Illuminite Caliginosus- A Spark of Light Within the gloom and commented:
    This week I’ll be joining in and supporting the Blogger Blackout in protest of The Guardian’s promotion of Kathleen Hale’s stalker post and the authors/readers/author’s fans who support such nonsense. The sheer numbers of people who actually agreed with her behavior, let alone praising her for the ‘courage and honesty to come forth’ (paraphrasing) would be unbelievable except for seeing it with my own eyes. I’ll instead take the time to retool the blog and perhaps revisit a few topics that need updating, maybe some content unrelated to new release books as well. It’ll be fun and educational, I promise. And the new books will return in a week.

    #bloggerblackout #HaleNo #NotChilled #BloggerYes

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  9. I can’t even with all this. >.<

    • We’ve tried taking a stand specifically against KH. We’ve tried sending letters to the Guardian and HarperCollins. It’s unfortunate that our peaceful protests are viewed as “attacking”. But how else can we make a stand in a peaceful manner?

  10. Reblogged this on Jade Writes.

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