Book Blogger Confessions: Authors, Bloggers, and Politics

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.

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Today’s Topic: Should bloggers & authors discuss politics? Does that turn you off to a blogger or an authors books if they tweet/post about their political positions or do you appreciate their passionate point of view?

Thought:

When it comes to authors; I tend to avoid reading anything to do with them discussing politics. In general I don’t really care, they’re people too, if they want to discuss something they have every right to have an opinion. However, I don’t want to be turned off an author because of their political views, hence why I will avoid reading their political thoughts. There are going to be topics and view points I do not agree with, mostly along the line of pro-bigotry attitudes (such as homophobia). In the past I have accidentally stumbled across an author’s political viewpoint, which I didn’t agree with, and found myself loathing reading anything by them again.

As for bloggers: I’m not interested in politics so I just won’t read their blog. A person’s blog is their personal place to share their opinions; if they want to make it a soapbox for the political views, then they should. I don’t believe you can really complain about it if they do. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.

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What about you? Feel free to share in the comments or let me know if you’re taking part on your blog.

2 thoughts on “Book Blogger Confessions: Authors, Bloggers, and Politics

  1. I actually want to know authors and bloggers political views, but I won’t read everything they write about it. If a bookblog ends up being about politics most of the times.. I might unsubscripe. I didn’t follow their blog to read about politics, after all. (Especially because I don’t live in the US. It’s sad enough that I know more about US politics than some Americans do.)

    If a blogger or author is pro-choice, and not a homophobe, then that makes me like them more, tbh. And if they support things I absolutely despise, I most certainly won’t support them by buying, reading or reviewing their books, or contributing to their blog-stats (and the money they make with their ads etc.)

    I absolutely understand your opinion, though. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t gotten to know a certain piece of information. An author whose work I really liked as a teen (apparently indirectly) supported anti-gay movements, for example..

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  2. I appreciate your thoughts. I think there are a lot of blogs out there with political views (which is fine). I say “I think” because I don’t read them. I get confused enough watching the news. I just want to read about books, lol.

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