Not to sound repetitious, but let's discuss Internet safety for a moment

Monday, October 20, 2014

Okay, so at the risk of sounding redundant, I would like to discuss a topic that most everyone has written a post about already. I'm sure most of you have read the article. I decided not to link to it because I don't want to show support for the author, and I have no wish to make it a rage-click article.

I have no interest in hashing out what exactly went down and the crazy actions an author took because a book blogger wrote a bad review for her book. Instead, I do want to make it clear to the readers and users at Of Spectacles and Books that we are firmly against the actions this author took. 

You may call me a bit na├»ve, but I never thought of using a pseudonym for my book blog, like many of my other book blogging friends. I've always thought that if you're smart about how you give out your information, this kind of stuff won't happen to you. Obviously, I was wrong. This stuff happens to people all the time, and it just so happened to hit home in the book blogging community this weekend. 

I have been blogging for almost a year now and have seen many dramas pop up on Twitter and various social media outlets. I've seen authors react badly to reviews, comments, opinions, etc. I've even seen a few minor issues going on between bloggers (but that seems more on the DL and on a more personal basis than out for all to see -this is very rare, mind you).  

I've always thought of the book blogging community to be a safe place -one where we can come together and revel in our love for books. Obviously, running a book blog comes along with writing some negative reviews as well. I don't write many one star reviews, but I've written a couple pretty harsh ones. Is it crazy that now I'm worried about my lack of anonymity, just because this one author decided to stalk a book blogger? 

Yes, I do go by my real name, and people can easily find out what state I live in as well as possibly where I'm from. That's a bit unnerving now that I think about it in context of this article, but I digress. 

What I want most out of this book blog is for people to feel safe using and interacting here! If you use pseudonyms, great! I welcome that with open arms and have no desire to fish for information. If by chance, you give me your mailing address in order for me to ship packages and books, I want to make sure that you as the reader and user are safe and your information is used for no other reason. You can go over our Privacy Policy, if you want to make sure everything is up to snuff. 

Here at this blog, I have no desire to exploit or share any sort of information that you give me. When receiving your information, I do not take that lightly, and I have no intention of sharing that information with anyone without your consent, that goes for email addresses as well. 

Know that if you ever have questions about any of our policies or how we receive and use the information given to us, you can always shoot us an email. To the bloggers affected by this experience, whether that's the actual experience or by reading the article, know that we are behind you and do NOT support the invasion of privacy. 

Thank you to all users who visit our blog!



  1. There was another incident? I must be out of the loop; I didn't hear about anything recently.

    1. Yeah this one is one of the biggest I've heard of. It kinda blew up on Twitter.

    2. I don't generally follow Twitter in real time. I had to scroll back to yesterday to find out what was going on. Holy hell.

      Possibly the only thing dumber than engaging in that sort of criminal behaviour is bragging about it to the Internet!

  2. I was absolutely gobsmacked when I read that article on Saturday. And then everything that was revealed yesterday... *Sigh* It was a huge wake-up call, and that lovely, safe book blogging bubble has been tainted so much now :(

  3. I'm glad that people are speaking out bout this. I read about this on another blog and I immediately freaked out. Thankfully I don't live in a big country where all your information is available.It's scary to think that someone would go to those lengths. I do not know the side of the blogger, but it seems that she went out of her way to provoke the author and in this I feel that she too was wrong. However, that being said, it does not justify the actions of the author. In her article she sounded like a maniac. People told her not to engage and she didn't listen. She continuously seeked out information about her book and by this blogger. I don't think she ever felt that she was doing something bad and this is what makes it worst for me.

    1. Well, let me enlighten you a bit. Blythe (the blogger) did absolutely nothing wrong. Her bad review wasn't against Hale (the author) in ANY way; it was not personal. It was just a bad review about her book -and I don't blame her. That book was hella weird. She did not provoke Hale in anyway, it was all the author's doing to gain her personal information and stalk her. Yeah, Hale is Grade A psycho.


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