Have you ever been faced with an issue while reading or blogging and thought: I wonder what other bloggers think about this? No matter what genre or audience you blog for, we all face the same problems. Are you a publisher or author wondering what goes on in a blogger’s (and by extension a reader’s) head?
Blogger confidential is a series of 12 questions asked to 11 bloggers about the nitty gritty details of blogging. Everything from what prompts a blogger to pick up a book, to what happens when a book doesn’t live up to its hype. This series was inspired by Wastepaper Prose’s Author Insight series.
If you feel inspired by any of these questions, leave your answer in the comments, or create your own post!
This week’s question:
“I don’t usually run into that issue with my blog, but it has happened a few times on Twitter. It’s easy to forget just how many people see each and everything that you say or respond to! Luckily, I haven’t said anything too detrimental, but there have been times when I’m frustrated at another blogger and I’ll say something snarky. Never anything to the person and I would never name names for all to see, but I still should have kept the drama to myself. The few times that this has occurred, I’ve deleted the tweet and moved on. I think that’s the best policy. Stop the drama in its tracks, learn from it, and move on.” Sara from The Hiding Spot
“I agonize over negative reviews. I hate the thought that the author might read them and feel bad. But I cannot sugarcoat my reactions and I refuse to post a review that is anything less than my honest opinion. So I don’t regret anything that I’ve written, but I certainly don’t relish posting the negative reviews.” Angie from Angieville
“I try not to let this happen to me, by sitting on important, potentially controversial posts for days and days, writing a little each day and editing until I am truly satisfied. Even then, I might miss something, in which case I’ll just correct it when someone points it out to me, acknowledging the person who brought it to my attention. I’ve said stupid things on Twitter before, sure, but nothing I think I’ve been remorseful for, nothing I can’t wallow over and then get over as a typical mistake that we, being human beings, make.” Steph from Steph Su Reads
“I learned that lesson back in 2006. While I am one of the people who will
say something harsh, I never regret my words now.” Pam from Bookalicious
“There was one time where I wrote something that I regretted. Just because something is TRUE doesn’t mean is should be said. I instantly apologized to the person I offended and removed my comment (the incident happened in a forum). Since I can get riled up pretty easily, I try to tell my husband about things I do, because he’s a good meter as far as whether I’ve gone over the line or not.” Trish from Hey Lady! Whatcha Reading
“Do you know what? I can’t think of anything that I’ve written on the internet that I’ve regretted. I do admittedly, censor myself pretty well to begin with. One small misspoken word or conversation can topple years of building a reputation. Always think before you speak.” Natasha from Maw Books