It’s not a secret that some people are more privileged than others, all over the world.
I’m so lucky to be living in the US, not only because of what it means for me blogging-wise, but also because I know that there are other countries in the world where people don’t have the same opportunities or mangoes as me. And I feel so grateful for everything provided for me!!!
But lately, because I’m a Very Intuitive person, I’ve been noticing a lot of privilege in the YA book community. There have been discussions about adults vs. teens when it comes to YA, not to mention how marginalized reviewers aren’t getting books that represent them.
So after ranting out loud to no one because I’m pathetic, I’ve decided to write a discussion on some ways one can be privileged in the YA community!!
(For reference: When I say “influencer”, I mean groups of people like bloggers, booktubers, bookstagrammers, etc. and everyone else who has an impact on the YA book community.)
I know that’s really obvious!! And you’ve probably heard it a thousand times in consoling tones when you make a grievous mistake, or when you’re trying to reassure yourself about other people doing stupid things.
But I feel like there’s often a certain pressure to be perfect, or a perception that we are in the online world, and we forget that we, nor others, are NOT perfect.
This is something I’ve been thinking about for some time now, because of things that I’ve noticed in the behavior of myself and others. And I’ve also noticed some negative effects as well, so that’s why I decided to talk about it today!!!
But seriously, I’ve talked about diversity in books a few times before (definitely not enough), but I never once mentioned WHY it was so important?? Which is shakening information. Because this is something so so important* to me??? And yet I never mentioned WHY.
So today, I’m obviously going to be talking about why diversity is needed in books. And also why we need to promote books with diversity in them.
It’s going to be to VERY ranty and also quite all over the place, but I need a place to vent and ramble and what’s a blog for if not that??
For example, the fact that I don’t read fast enough, I don’t own enough books as I’d like, I don’t have nearly enough time to do anything I want.
(So apparently I don’t have enough of a lot of things???)
The point is, I have a lot of complaints. Too many. And WordPress isn’t exempt from any of my complaining nature, because I’m just too full of salt & discontentment that it overflows onto everything I come into contact with. Like mangoes, did you know I HATE mangoes????
So today, I’m going to talk about 9 things that I want WordPress to improve in, since I just have to release all my saltiness!! Hopefully these are all things you want to??? Otherwise that would be awkward and I’d be lying in my post title.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet??? Because I make jokes and PRETEND like I’m not*… but really, I’m awkward.
Usually, “awkward” and “interactions” go hand in hand. I mean, it’s totally possible to be awkward without interacting with anyone at all. Aka me all the time.
I’ve decided to talk about awkward blogging interactions because AWKWARDNESS IS FUN TO TALK ABOUT!! And also hopefully you’ve experienced these things yourself too and it’s not just me being extremely awkward
Note: I took like a random week hiatus from posting?? I missed last Saturday because I had dance stuff (which was SO AMAZING but then I got really sore), and then I just decided to wait till today to post because I’m SUPEEEER behind on posts & comments and wanted to use the week to catch up. You love me. Even tho I didn’t catch up.
*Internet me is so different from real-life me?? Example: I go by a different name!!! That’s definitely not a big change at all!!!