Happy first of May, book nerds! It’s a start of another month and I know we all are hoping it’ll be much better than the last one. I’m not always an optimist but first-days-of-the-month make me more positive than usual. April was rather so-so for me but I’m crossing my fingers that May will be more fun and upbeat. (See? Optimistic.)
As of late, the book blogging community got involved in some rough issues here and there and I’ve seen negativity around more times that I could count with my fingers and toes. While I never dipped in or allowed myself to be a part of this, I’m afraid I felt disheartened by some of the tweets/posts I’ve read. Especially, I think, the ones that say how “bitter and sad” the book blogging community has become. (This post by Amber of Mile Long Bookshelf really opened my eyes to how others perceive the book blogging community.)
The thing is- I’ve never looked at the bookish blogosphere as anything other than my happy place. I love this community- I feel so accepted and appreciated. Even when I don’t receive many comments. Even when no one checks out my blog that much. I wish everyone could see it the way that I do. With the things I’ve seen recently though, I could understand why they don’t.
The first day of May seems to be offering a fresh start so I’m moving on from last month’s debacles. I wrote down a list of reminders for myself, that I’m now sharing with you guys too, so that we could keep this community a happy place for ourselves and for everyone- maybe even make it happier.
- Be thoughtful and understanding.
- Give newbies love.
- Drop random nice notes/comments/emails/tweets.
- Showcase the bloggers you love on your blog.
- Give credit where it is due.
- Look at negative things in a positive way.
- Be kind.
- Kill with sweetness.
- Let things go.
- Share to show you care.
- Remember: this is a community not a competition.
- Agree to disagree.
- Send virtual hugs.
- Don’t be greedy.
- Be constructive, not destructive.
- Think before you speak.
- Blog to have fun.
- Don’t try to be anyone but yourself.
- All book lovers are friends.
- Stay away from drama.
- Be excited for others and show support.
- Spread warm fuzzies.
How else can we make this community a happier place? Share your thoughts!