I may or may not get a review up this week, and so I thought I’d do something different, since I haven’t had a discussion post in quite some time.
As we all know, social media is full of land mines, and any misstep could result in negative consequences. I’ve had this blog going for over five years now, and I have a couple of crazy things that have happened to me. And I’ll bet you do too! I thought it would be fun to compare stories and see if other bloggers have had similar (or worse!) experiences.
I have two things that come to mind—although there may be others—but both of these almost made me quit blogging.
Thing #1: When I was part of a blog tour, I actually had the author contact the blog tour host—who in turn contacted me—and asked me to “reword” part of my review.
This blog tour company (who I will never work with again for obvious reasons) had one requirement for reviews: they had to be four stars or greater. Even though I didn’t love the book, I found enough good things to say about it to justify a four star rating, even though I might not have given it four stars if I hadn’t been on a blog tour.
But I also mentioned some of the things I had concerns about, because that’s how I write reviews, and unfortunately I used the word “pedophile.” Oh no, you should apparently never use this word during a blog tour. This was a YA book and I guess they thought readers would be scared off by that term. (And I did not use that word lightly. My honest impression of the story was that it was implied that one of the characters was a pedophile.)
When I got the email from the blog tour host, I was mortified. I mean, I had never had anyone ask me to change a review, and at first I was just embarrassed. I immediately took out the offensive word and that was that. But then I started to get mad, really mad. I was mad at myself for caving in, and I swore I’d never participate in a blog tour again. (Clearly I got over that!) After I calmed down a bit, I realized that it really wasn’t the blog tour company’s fault. They were trying to promote the book, and promotion is all about being positive. So I don’t fault them for that. But I still have a bad taste in my mouth whenever I think of that book and author, which is too bad.
Thing #2: WordPress shut down my blog for using the words “Blog Tour” in a blog post title.
What is it with me and blog tours?? LOL. Many of you may have read my blog post about my terrible experience, but I’ll do a quick recap for any new readers. Apparently, WordPress.com has a long list of rules that can easily be broken if you aren’t aware of them. How many of you have actually read all the fine print and know exactly what you can and can’t do on your free WordPress blog? Well, it turns out one of those forbidden items is that you can’t participate in blog tours. WordPress’s definition of blog tour is a post that is mostly copied (not original) material. Even though I didn’t actually break the rules—yes it was a blog tour, but it was an original review and no other “copied” material—other than the author blurb which was supplied by the publisher—appeared in my post.
What made me so irate about this incident is that when I tried to contact someone at WordPress to explain to them that I hadn’t done anything wrong, absolutely no one would answer my emails or help me. It wasn’t until I was forced to fork out a bunch of money to have someone migrate my blog to WordPress.org that I had someone’s full attention (of course). I am still bitter towards WordPress.com and will probably always be, even though I don’t normally hold grudges.
So there you go. I’m dying to know if other bloggers have had similar or other weird experiences. This is your chance to vent, people!