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Friday, May 18, 2007

Elephant Butts and Blogs

Have you noticed the recent dirt being posted on blogs? I've read some *really* nasty stuff, most of it personal opinion being presented as fact. Sure, it makes great reading. We love our gossip mags and ET's True Hollywood Story. But I felt I should post my concerns about the recent activity in Blogland.

The way I see it-- since blogs are not newspapers, certain rules don't necessarily apply (at least not in a legal or literal sense). These blogs are owned by individuals: romance readers, reviewers, etc. not by reporters. Unlike freelance writers working for a major newspaper, they have no professional responsibility to provide accurate information. They post what they think will appeal to readers, what will bring them the most traffic, what they believe is true, or what simply strikes their fancy.

Please understand, I'm not bashing blog owners. Blogs are what they are: personal online tools to be used as the owner wishes. If Karen wants to "say what she wants" because it's her blog, then she has that right. Absolutely. And I have the same right too.

But please remember, just because you read something on a blog doesn't make it true, even if one person's perspective seems to be backed up with several opinions.

This whole situation reminds me of a story I read once. The details are hazy, but it was about several people who were asked to describe an animal. Each had a unique perspective, and described the animal accurately based upon what they saw. It soon became obvious they were all looking at a different animal, based upon their observations...and then the identity of the animal was revealed--an elephant. They were all looking at the same thing, but saw a limited portion. No one saw the whole picture. (side note: if anyone remembers what that story was titled, could you post it in the comments? I can't remember and it's driving me nuts *g*)

So, what does this have to do with anything?

I don't really know who my blog readers are. Are they readers? Hopeful writers? Published writers?

I'm directing this particular post to writers who have books on their hard drives and are researching publishers to submit their work to. The lesson here: before you submit to any publisher (EC, Samhain, Triskelion, whoever), make every effort possible to see the whole picture...not just the butt :) Sure, it's a good idea to see the ugly side of a company you might end up in bed with. But you don't want to base such an important decision on limited information or opinion.

My opinion :)

Comments? Questions? Opposing viewpoints?

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posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:47 AM |


Commented by Blogger Bernita:

The fable is "Six Blind Men and the Elephant" - though the number of blind men may vary and so do the sources cited.
One early Western source is a poem by John Godfrey Saxe.

7:30 AM 
Commented by Blogger Tawny Taylor:

YES! Thank you, Bernita!

7:43 AM 

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