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.
Tez Miller, of Tez Says