I wasn’t sure if writing this blogpost is a good idea, but it has been on my mind for months now and even when people will hate on me, I need to get this out.
I have been in the bookstagram community for over 2 years and over the past year it changed a lot. More people joined (and are still joining!) the community which is great because we’re here to spread our love for books and the more people, the more fun! There are also many talented people whose pictures are beautiful and the effort people put into their photos is breathtaking and amazing to see.
Sadly it also changed not only in good but also in bad ways. People steal pictures (I know they did it before too but I just find that more and more accounts do that), there’s rarely a person who gives inspiration credit anymore, when a person has a different opinion on a book there are people who hate and this list could go on and on forever but my point is: Our community should not be one where people hate and stuff but it should be a place where we continue to spread love and not hate. Theres enough hate in this world we don’t need it in bookstagram as well. Please accept everyones opinion. Its fine when you have a different point of view on a topic, but please say it respectful.
I have spoken to some people (and I have experienced it myself) and they told me that they got hate because they didn’t like a book everyone else did. Not everyone has the same taste in books and that is OKAY. No one needs to hate on someone for not liking a book!
Stealing pictures and copying photos is absolutely a no-go. People put effort into taking them and they do it with love and no one is allowed to steal or copy them. You can repost them with credit or you can take one that almost(!!) looks like the original one but you have to give inspiration credit!!! I saw some accounts where some photos looked almost like mine but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to get in trouble. People can be mean. I even saw that someone, who I thought was my friend, copied a photo of mine without giving inspo. credit which was also the reason I decided to don’t give a f*ck and write this blogpost. Please guys, don’t do that because you hurt people with doing that and you don’t respect the effort the person put into taking that photo.
We’re all here to spread our love for books and to get to know new books. Don’t be disrespectful or mean to other people because we’re all human and have feelings. When you have a different opinion on this topic: I would like to hear yours, but please be respectful when you say it.