Friday, May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA: Ethics committee and Non fiction

Ethics in Blogging
Today's topic is a dilemma that  I'm pretty sure every blogger deals with.


I think I'll break this down into topics otherwise I'll go into a tangent as this topic is pretty vast

  • Plagiarism 
As far as I'm aware of I've not been victim or perpetrator of plagiarism. 

Let me state that I think blogging is fun and I use it as a way to express myself and my views. Why would I or anyone want to blog someone else's views as their own?
I mean it's not like you HAVE to blog. It's a choice . If you have nothing to say about something you don't need to. It's not like if you don't post something AMAZING everyday you'll get bad marks or loose your job or something like that. It's FUN! It's voluntary . As long as you remember this I don't think you'd want to copy what someone else is saying.

Sometimes I read some reviews and am WOWED by how well they are written and how they manage to say what "I" want to say in a much better way than I can ever manage to say it but that is why I try to avoid reading reviews of a book before I review it because sometimes subconsciously other people's reviews affect your reviews . This is not plagiarism(in my opinion) but I think it should be avoided.

I'd compare the above phenomenon to what happens when your friends keep praising a movie and you thought the movie was good but not amazing. When your friend keeps praising it and starts giving reasons for why the movie was awesome you start agreeing with the friend and your views do get influenced. 

I'd just like to say be true to yourself and remember the fact that blogging is FOR FUN 

  • Linking up 
It is considered good manners or should I say ethical to link up to bloggers that inspire you to write a specific post . Also if you're taking part in a meme like Waiting on Wednesday you should definitely link up to the person who came up with the idea.

If you take part in blog tours you should link to the tour organizer's website. If for some reason you can't you should ensure that the tour organizer's name is mentioned and the blog tour image is attached.

In giveaway hops you should acknowledge the host and link to other participants as well especially if they all link to you.

  • Overall ethics advice
If you're not sure that it's ethical DON'T DO IT! It's as simple as that.
If you still want to do it ask the concerned authority like the blogger,govt,etc.

That's what I think


I don't read a lot of non-fiction but some non fiction titles I would recommend are:

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
She's basically saying the same thing throughout the novel but it's a great read.

Chicken soup for the soul.

I love reading these!

My friends been bugging me to read  A short history of nearly everything and I think I will read it soon 


  1. I listened to Bill Bryson's At Home last year and really enjoyed it--witty and informative! My book club is reading his A Walk in the Woods next month and I'm really looking forward to it.

    Have you ever tried comic/graphic non-fiction? Fun Home, Persepolis, and Maus are three of my favorites.

  2. I agree with what you said about linking up. I can't stand to see when a blogger doesn't acknowledge the person who had the original idea.

    I enjoy non-fiction and need to read a Bill Bryson soon...several have recommended him to me too.

  3. I like how you said it - if you're not sure, just don't do it. I really like that you made the point about linking tour organizers. I haven't been doing that and I really need to. So thank you for pointing that out :)

  4. I just watched "The Secret." I can't believe I haven't read the book - the move was amazing! I am a believer!!! In regards to ethics, I totally agree, give credit where credit is due!

  5. I also avoid reading reviews of books I know I'm going to read or am currently reading. I just find that's safer.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  6. Yes! Don't do it if you're not sure, that's a great way to put it. I really appreciate this topic and I hope new bloggers consider it important as well.

    Leanne @ Escaping With Books

  7. For someone like me who's thinking of getting into blogging, this was very helpful. Thanks.


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