So a couple of weeks ago I half read a review from one of my fellow bloggers, it was great, a really well written piece on one of my favourite authors’ books. Before I got to the end of this post, one of my millions of kids demanded some attention (I know I know, one day they’ll be gone and I’ll be able to read in peace!! I’m hanging in there!!!) and I didn’t finish reading the post.
But I shared it. Tweeted it. Popped it on Facebook. Liked the various posts. As all good and gracious bloggers do, showing support to our fellow bloggers.
Then, the author in question, who is a friend, got in touch with me later in day about this particular review and was really upset about it. Apparently it started really lovely but the end of the review was less then complimentary.
I felt like shit.
My author friend is fully aware that there will some negative reviews, that some people might not like their book and all that jazz, they aren’t daft, but they were a bit upset about that particular review. It wasn’t anything major, I think an accumulation of things had made this one hit a nerve.
And I’d shared it. I helped spread this negative review which had upset my friend. So then I was upset. I felt terrible.
But then I thought, hang on . . . You’ve just spent half an hour discussing how everyone is entitled to their own opinions and convincing your friend that one bad-ish review shouldn’t spoil their day so the same should go for me.
I shouldn’t let my views on a book/author determine whether or not I share a review – should I?
I don’t imagine that all my followers agree with my reviews, but they still share them. I don’t think everyone will read every word of every post I put on here because sometimes it just really isn’t possible (if I read every single post on every single blog I follow, I’d never have the chance to read anything else or attend to all my children or my husband or my dragon or clean . . . although that’s not a bad thing actually . . . )
So since that day, I have shared everything, some without reading, because that is the right thing to do. Everyone has the right to their opinion and who am I to decide that a review shouldn’t be shared because it might be negative? That’s the nature of the game.
Good with the bad. Rough with the smooth.
What are your thoughts? Do you read everything? Do you share everything? Do you vet out the negative and only share the positive? I’d love to hear from everyone about this, bloggers, authors, publishers. What are your thoughts? Is there really such a thing as bad publicity?
Let me know in the comments below and have a fantastic day my lovelies.