Monday, November 5, 2012
Book Blogger Confessions: Mixing blogging and politics
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Question: Should bloggers & authors discuss politics? Does that turn you off to a blogger or an authors books if they tweet/post about their political positions or do you appreciate their passionate point of view?
It doesn’t really bother me very much. Most bloggers have strong opinions – that’s why most of us blog – so I appreciate that they may be just as passionate about politics since it effects all of us.
I know it gets tricky with bloggers and authors speaking out on Twitter/Facebook etc. I suppose we could all have different profiles for that “private” side of us but that would be a pain.
Having said that……I HATE when anyone tweets (I’m a tweeter so that’s what I’ll talk about) about the SAME thing 9000 times. Even books. So if any author/blogger/friend starts tweeting/ranting about the same topic over and over I unfollow. I want conversation and fun when I’m on Twitter. A little debating is fine but all out war – not cool and honestly….are you going to change someone's mind with a tweet? Nope!
Another deal breaker for me is slamming the opposing side. I don’t like when it gets personal.
And for authors I would add trying to pimp their books when they’re getting attention from their political tweets. I’ve seen that and I dropped that author like a hot potato. Even though I happened to agree with their political views. Sharing your views in fine….saying ”hey! If you like my stance on *insert topic* then buy my book” which has nothing to do with the topic is a big no no.
I rarely tweet and never blog about politics because it gives me angina. I don’t think people are looking to talk about anything anymore. It just ends up in a fight so unless I’m so mad about something and I’m about to explode (which has happened once or twice) I shut up and talk off line with friends.
No matter what your politics are VOTE!
It’s almost over!!!! YAY No. More. Commercials.
Question for November 19th: Giving thanks: Is there a book that you are thankful you have read? Maybe it has changed your life in a small or even a large way, or made you see things in a different perspective.
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