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31 May 2013

Armchair BEA: Ethics and Nonfiction

Design Credit: Emily of Emily's Reading Room
I am, to a fault, and honest person.  It has gotten me in trouble before, but that's ok.  I'd rather be honest than not.  But, I'm also a cautious person and don't like to cause waves, so while I will tell you what I think, I'll do it in a nice way. 

And so, I've always tried to be honest with my blogging.  If I don't like a book, or parts of a book, I'll tell you.  I don't care if you are my BFF, if I don't like it, I don't like it.  I'm not going to write that it was the best book ever.  I'll also tell you if I like it and everything I think that is awesome about it. 

There always seems to be some sort of drama in the blogging world.  Somebody is plagiarizing.  Somebody is firing back at authors who leave mean comments.  My advice to you, stay out of it.  Don't get caught up in it.  It will just lead to headaches and hurt feelings.  And remember, everything you post online stays online.   

And in the spirit of honesty, I'll say, being accused of plagiarism is my biggest fear.  Not because I do it.  But because I'll unknowingly write something that sounds like something someone else wrote or do a google image search for a picture, find one I like, use it and then be accused of stealing it.  There's nothing I can do about the first, really, besides saying, I don't and never will copy something someone else wrote (with the exception of a summary, but I always credit Amazon or Goodreads for those).  As for the google image thing, I always note that I got it from a google image search.  I give credit when I know what it is.  I won't hide anything. 

So, good luck.  Be honest.  Stay out of drama.  You'll thank me later.


  1. I completely agree...stay out of the drama if possible. Being accused of plagiarism is one of my fears too...because I've seen how this community responds to it--and it aint pretty. :) I will say that you might want to be careful over your Google image searches. I don't use those myself, but I've seen a lot of posts today about how that can lead to some serious problems. Good luck!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  2. Yes on staying out of it....write the post or the comment or the whatever if you feel you may explode, but then hit delete. Hit. it.

    And I am thinking now that I am a naive blogger and need to disclose and disclaim much, much more than I am. I just assume people will know I am being honest, that if I say I like a book it is because I really do, irregardless of where or who I got it from.

    The other thing I am thinking about more and more is that I only post positive reviews---if I like the book, actually it is more an if I LOVE the book, I will write up my thoughts because I want to share it book talk it. I am realizing now that there may be an assumption that I am not being honest because I only ever post positive. It is some good food for thought...OR...I am needlessly worrying over something I can't control, lol!

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