Over the weekend, a huge thing happened. And then all of a sudden, a lot of bloggers (including me) got nervous.
Do I need to get a PO Box? Should I scour my blog and Twitter for any hints as to my personal life (jobs/location/places to find me) and double-check that my Facebook is locked down? Is there a way to increase my anonymity without completely starting over?
And do I need to worry that someone will randomly call me at work or show up at my house because they don’t like something I Tweet or blog?
I quickly eliminated that last worry. As I said to a blogger friend of mine, one of the perks of having dozens of readers is that you stay pretty low under the radar.
And then I came to some decisions.
1) I am not going to alter my habits online or on this blog. It’s primarily a book blog (and that’s a lot of what I discuss on Twitter—except for this month, when I have gotten a lot of use out of #31HorrorFilms31Days) and that won’t change. But when I feel like getting personal, I will.
2) I’m not writing any more negative reviews. (To be fair, I have barely written any anyway, because I have a pretty good handle on what I like to read and so I am rarely surprised by a book that doesn’t gel with me.) It’s not because I worry that an author will show up at my house; it’s because this particular drama has given me an epiphany: I don’t want to talk about books I don’t like. It takes time away from me talking about the books I do like.
And there are so many books that I want to read that I don’t want to spend time reading a book I don’t love because I feel pressure to review it. Screw that, kids.
And that brings us to my final decision (which has been made a long time ago):
3) I will not read or review any book that is written by an author who behaves badly. I am not giving any of them any publicity whatsoever. And those authors (including the one who sparked this incident) will not be discussed or promoted on my blog.
We only have so much free time, and I would rather spend mine flailing about good books. I would rather get you to read Darby Karchut or Gae Polisner or Martha Brockenbrough or Courtney Summers or Jo Knowles or DK Mok or Walter H. Hunt or Daisy Whitney or Michelle Johnson or Suzy Rigdon or DC Farmer or Rhys A. Jones or Eileen Cook or Lisa Schroeder or Sarah Darer Littman or Amy Fellner Dominy or JK Rock or Lisa Amowitz or Errick Nunnally or Jodi Picoult or Stephen King or M.D. Waters or Shauna Kelley or Ann Stampler or Carrie Jones or any one of a billion writers I love, and who I bet you would love, too.
(ETA: As a side note: if you have entered and won a contest of mine, I do not keep any addresses. Once the prize has been shipped, addresses are destroyed. If the book was sent from the publisher, that contact person is the only person your address has been shared with.)