Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today topic is: Can you write whatever you want?
Can bloggers just write whatever they want? Or are there boundaries they should respect even on their own platform?
To a point, yes, bloggers can write whatever they want, within the law of course. That said, a blog is a public platform even if it is the blogger’s own space and as such it’s important to think twice before posting and some things like hate speech should absolutely be off-limits.
When it comes to book blogging, I always support truthful reviews and appreciate having full disclosure on what a certain book contains. Speaking your mind is all well and good, but the way it’s done is just as important. For example, if you’re writing a negative review for a book, there’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s no need to be rude or offensive while doing so.
If a blogger is called out for something they post, are they obligated to respond?
Responding to being called out is really up to the blogger. Choosing to post something on a blog which is such a public forum comes with the risk of people disagreeing with or not liking your opinions, especially when it comes to controversial topics. There’s absolutely no obligation to respond, in my opinion, but in the case, for example, that the blogger said something truly offensive in their post, an apology, if the situation allows, is definitely appropriate. In the bookish community, reading preferences vary wildly between readers, and that book you hated might just be someone’s most favorite book of all time, so responding to someone calling out a negative review for that kind of reason could be a great way to start a conversation and understand a different perspective on the book, even if you don’t agree with it.
Do you think bloggers can write whatever they want? Share your thoughts in the comments below!