Honestly, twitter in general is just the worst. No kind of. Everyone is just so upset ALL OF THE TIME. Everyone is on there just yelling at everyone who disagrees with them, not listening to anything, treating the “other side” like they are the scum of the earth. It’s so awful!
When I started this blog, I made a twitter account because it’s just what you do. I didn’t expect to spend much time there, because I KNOW that twitter is the worst and I didn’t want to.
But then everyone started going on and on about how the bookish community on twitter is so amazing. So I gave it a shot. I thought, the book blogger community is so amazing, maybe book twitter will be fine. Maybe everyone is just on there supporting each other and being amazing.
Book twitter is where all of the drama is. Book bloggers yelling at each other. Book bloggers yelling at authors. Book bloggers yelling at the publishing industry. Book bloggers yelling at LITERALLY ANYONE. Every day they are upset about something. And y’all, I am here to tell you, most of the time that something is not the something worth getting upset about.
And it is such a toxic place! One person decides there is something “problematic” about a book. And then all of the sudden THOUSANDS of people who HAVEN’T EVEN READ THE BOOK are writing 0-star reviews, calling for boycotting, tweeting @ the author, telling them to recall their book based on nothing other than hearsay!
Just last month (or was it two months ago?) Blood Heir was pulled from publication and Amélie Wen Zhao’s career was basically ruined. By book twitter.
It’s just so exhausting. Going to twitter day in and day out and seeing people get completely worked up about books.
I get it, it’s exhausting to be discriminated against each day. I understand. I do. But at this point, it feels like people are looking for something to get upset about so they can prove how woke they are. Instead of getting upset about the actually terrible things out there (a recent Islamiphobic mass shooting comes to mind) they are finding books they haven’t read to have a problem about and kicking up a fuss.
I’m just done.
I love the book blogging community. I feel that y’all are supportive, and you are positive, and when you aren’t positive you try to find a way to be positive. You guys are the BEST. Thank you for being so amazing. But I’m going to be taking a step away from twitter. Because twitter is none of those things. I’ll still be there for the #CGBchat (we start today friends! follow our hashtag!) and I’ll still publish my posts and boost y’alls, but I’m not browsing anymore. Don’t expect me to like y’all tweets because I probably won’t be looking at them. It’s not you, it’s everyone else.