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!!!
Obviously??? You’ve probably noticed by now, but you are DEFINITELY not the same as the person sitting next to you. Even if they’re your identical twin (WHICH IS SO COOL BTW), your personalities are probably different. There are tiny smol things that set you apart.
And because books are aiming to be as realistic as possible, you want to include diversity in your own book*, because it accurately reflects the world!
But… is that diversity always portrayed correctly?
The definite answer is: No.
I don’t know if y’all know this, but I’m a HUGEEEE supporter of equality of all people in the world, no matter their differences. ThusI am a big advocate for diversity in (YA) books.
The things that I’m talking about in this post are things that I’ve always thought about (and even touched a bit on in this post! but that post was an absolute mess and my have opinions have changed now. this post is so much better omg).
*I’m aware that there were some recent heated discussions about diversity and how “realistic” it is on Twitter. I will be avoiding that because I don’t like conflict. And yet I’m writing this post.
Some people think that you should never look at stats, while others believe you should look at them like a few times a week, and then others believe you should cHECK EVERY SECOND AND MAKE SURE YOU’VE GAINED ONE GAIN IN THE PAST NANOSECOND.
Obviously, I’m the last type. Except I check stats every millisecond.* Or nanosecond. Whichever’s smaller.**
Last week… or some time recent… (I’M SORRY I CAN’T KEEP TRACK OF TIME) I wrote a post about why I love blogging and in it, I talked about how I love good stats! That incited some discussion in the comments, and I’m so intrigued by it*** that I decided to write a whole post on it!
Well, a whole post on the general view on blogging stats and then MY view. Because everyone knows I like to insert myself in everything because I’m just that self-centered amazing.
I KNOW YOU’RE EXCITED.
*JUST KIDDING. I’m not that obsessive. I think. **I don’t do math okay.
***Or I’m running out of post ideas,,, but yOU DIDN’T HEAR THAT FROM ME.