Let’s Talk Bookish: Can bloggers write whatever they want?

Hello, and happy Friday! I took the psat on Wednesday, so I had no energy really for blogging before today. Even though I have a long weekend, I had a really long week at school, so was nice to have today off!! My birthday is on Monday though, so I do have a few fun birthday posts planned. Anyways, I’m excited for this week’s LTB topic, so let’s get into the post!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by me since April of this year! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic is can you write whatever you want, (suggested by Anna).


Can bloggers just write whatever they want? Or are there boundaries they should respect even on their own platform?

A blog is a your own platform, and it is your place to write and post what you want. So technically, you can write whatever you want.

However, I do think bloggers have certain responsibilities in terms of being respectful of other bloggers. In particular with book bloggers, I think we have responsibilities around reviewing books, and how we talk about books and authors.

It’s okay to write a negative review of a book, or to criticize an author, but it’s also important to be respectful while writing negative reviews and stuff.

I think that bloggers should also be aware of who they’re supporting on their blog. If they write something problematic or that they end up getting called out for, they need to accept that there will be responses to that.

If a blogger is called out for something they post, are they obligated to respond?

If a blogger is called out for something they post, they are not obligated to respond. However, I think it is good for a blogger to be able to acknowledge what they did wrong, or if they said something problematic, and for them to understand why it’s wrong.

It’s up to the blogger whether or not they choose to respond, but I think that it’s a good thing for bloggers to do.

Also, bloggers have to understand that it’s their platform, but that it’s out there for everyone to see, so people will have their opinions on it.

And if their readers want to respond, they are going to hold you accountable for what you wrote, and what you posted.

This week’s posts:

Andi @ Oh No Books | Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole | Write on Read | Kathryn @ Kathryn Books | Hannah @ Hannah’s Library | Raji @ Worlds Unlike Our Own

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and don’t forget to go and discover some new blogs! If I missed your post, let me know in the comments so I can add it up here! And, if you don’t want your post linked up here, or you want your blog linked differently just let me know.

Do you think bloggers can write whatever they want? Or are there boundaries they should respect even on their own platform? If a blogger is called out for something they post, are they obligated to respond? Chat with me in the comments below!

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