Let’s Talk Bookish – Toxicity in the Book Blogging Community

Good morning and welcome back guys!!!!

Yes, I know I disappeared and I should have let you know about the mini hiatus, but I didn’t think I would be gone for the whole week. Hopefully I will not disappear like this next week. Anyways, my college classes started and I wanted to just focus on getting a good start to the semester. I very much intended on writing this discussion but I didn’t have the time. However, you can still check back later to see everyone else’s lovely posts on the topic!!

I think my new posting schedule that I mentioned in my December Monthly Wrap-Up post is what I’m going to have to do after today. Not sure yet, but I’ll think about it over the weekend. In the mean time, here’s today’s LTB topic.

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Toxicity in the Book Blogging Community (suggested by Ruqs @ Many Things Bookish)

Thank you so much for the suggestion Ruqs!! This topic is so interesting, and I did have some things to say, but it’ll have to be on another day. But still, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!! Below are some questions that could serve as a guideline for you!

There is a big emphasis on reading a lot of books, and an unintentional pressure to post consistently and be different/unique in a world full of similar blogs. How does this affect you as a blogger/reader?

Do you sometimes feel afraid to talk about a certain topic because you fear backlash?

Do you think that sometimes, the community is a little unforgiving and maybe hypocritical when it comes to problematic books or authors?

Is the community toxic at times?

This Week’s Participants:

Ashlee @ Books Are 42 | Dani @ Literary Lion

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So what do you think? Is the community toxic at times? Do you sometimes want to just get away? Do you think that the community is sometimes hypocritical? How was your week? What are you reading? Chat with me in the comments below!

11 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Toxicity in the Book Blogging Community

  1. I have to agree with everyone that there’s isn’t a lot of overt toxicity, but I’ve noticed that especially when it comes to books that a reviewer really loves or really hates, there is SO much vague-ing that goes down, both on personal blogs and on Goodreads.

    There’s a lot of “maybe other readers weren’t paying enough attention, but” and “I’ll never be able to understand how people could like/hate this book” followed by a whole lot of passive comments implying that anyone who doesn’t share their opinion must not being paying enough attention or must not be as well read, etc, etc. It’s one thing to just say you don’t understand a prevailing opinion, it’s another to make someone lesser because they ascribe to that opinion. It puts a weird feeling in my stomach to see readers judging each others’ opinions to make themselves look smarter or better or more right, no matter how passively or indirectly it’s done.

    Great prompt, by the way!

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    1. That’s such a good point Mae!! I didn’t even realize or notice it. But I’m pretty sure even I do it sometimes.

      I think it’s kind of an unconscious thing or an exaggerated way of saying “I really really loved this”/”I really really hated this..I can’t understand how someone could love/hate this, it’s that good/bad”. I don’t think it’s always meant to be a dig at readers who do enjoy/dislike the book. Sometimes, maybe it is. And I totally see why it’s wrong, and I really hope I don’t do that in my reviews. Thank you so much for pointing that out!!

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  2. Ohhh this is such a cool meme! I think I might try writing a discussion using these questions as inspiration ☺️ I really want to write more discussions and this might be a good way for me to get into it 😉

    Hmm the toxicity I see most is in Twitter (because we all know Twitter can be like walking on a bridge across a lake full of toxic drama) but I don’t see too much in blogs! We’re generally respectful to each other. What is toxic though I think is certain expectations we set on ourselves – like reading this many books, getting this many followers. At least in the blogging world, the toxicity to me seems to come mostly from ourselves.

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    1. Haha, that’s why I created LTB-to motivate me and others to write those discussion posts that we are too nervous to write or that we don’t have any inspiration for. I hope you enjoy using it!!

      Lol, yeah, I’ve heard that Twitter is truly toxic. But agreed, blogs are pretty much drama free, but we do have too many expectations that we impose on ourselves. So yeah, most of the toxicity in the blogging world does seem to come from us and the pressure we put on ourselves. Great point ❤

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  3. It’s a difficult one this is. But I would have to say that any perceived toxicity is unintentional. I think there are bloggers for example who genuinely read a lot of books per week and are able to review them straightaway. Other bloggers might see this and put pressure on themselves to do the same rather than focusing on their own strengths.
    This can also be applied to a bloggers desire to stand out. Creativity comes easily to some and making their blogs look beautiful is an outlet for them, naturally other bloggers want theirs to look just as nice so again, they put undue pressure on themselves to make sure their blogs stand out.
    And regarding there being a backlash over unpopular posts and comments, I haven’t experienced this myself and if anything, I believe the blogosphere is the one place where differing views are welcomed and people are (in my view) very respectful and will try to understand more than criticise.

    An important discussion topic once again Rukky! Thank you so much ☺️

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    1. I agree so much Istahil!! The most “toxicity” that the book blogging community faces is more from ourselves rather than from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect, and that causes a lot of pain which we sometimes might just associate with blogging in general.
      Yeah, people are really respectful and kind in the community, and I agree, they try to understand more than criticize so it’s an excellent place to have discussions.

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading it ❤

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      1. Exactly. We tend to forget that blogging is personal so any pressure we feel we assume must come from the community rather than ourselves.

        I really did enjoy Rukky, thank you 🥰

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