*Please remember as always this is simply for discussion only. I do not feel there is a right or wrong. I just love picking your blogging minds ❤
Lately, it has resurfaced on Twitter and social media, that little PSA: Please Do Not Tag Authors in Negative Reviews. I have never personally tagged an author in a negative review (I cannot understand why someone would unless they had a personal grudge to fulfill or it was a complete doh moment?), but I have had a few instances where fellow bloggers chose to share my less than stellar thoughts and tag the author *cringe* *facepalm*. The results were mortifying. I wanted to reach out and apologize to the author, not for my review but the blogger’s decision to tag them but had no idea what the proper etiquette in this scenario was.
I am sorry that I do not like your book and someone decided to share my horrible review with you. I still do not like the book, but hey.. hugs!
Awkward! Why would someone even opt to tag the author for me? The entire experience left me with multiple questions I had no answers to.
Naturally, recent conversations led me to think further about this topic and opened up new questions. Now, I know that many of you choose to include hashtags in your blog post titles so that these are properly shared on social media (i.e. Twitter) and I get this. While I choose not to do this, I understand the concept. However, I am also seeing that a lot of bloggers are including author Twitter handles in the these as well.. so naturally..
I Have Questions!
Do you choose to also include the author’s Twitter handle directly in your post title?
If so, do you make sure to only do this for reviews of a certain rating or higher?
Is this something that was requested by the ARC/Review Copy supplier?
Do you only do this with promotional/tour posts?
Ideally, when I see these headers, I imagine the author is receiving a notification for every single share on that specific post. Maybe this amounts to a small handful, or maybe you have a great day and this really adds up 👍 Think mountains baby!
I cannot lie, I am tempted to remove author tags before sharing. I don’t because I know that many bloggers feel it’s incredibly rude to alter the hashtags and handles they have in place for sharing purposes and I respect that.
But why would you want to do that you ask? Glad you did!
Maybe it is just me, but receiving a notice every single time a post written by a blogger about a book is shared combined with other reviewers also tagging that author feels like it could add up to incredible amounts. I am guessing they only need to see the review once at best. *Think that time you were tagged with 10 other people in a tweet and the conversation spiraled out of control until you finally remembered you could mute it! Let me also take this moment to apologize for the entire time period before I learned how to reply back to only one specific person in said threads 😉
But perhaps this is a promotional post (i.e. tour, blitz) and these tags and notifications help authors and publishers gain a sense of reach? Maybe they prefer this and benefit from it?
I do not include hashtags and Twitter handles in my own blog posts titles. I tend to do this as a separate, manual tweet. It is a personal preference, not a matter of me saying one way is right or wrong.
So I am asking you: What are your preferences on this? Do you find that it is better to include author tags directly in the post title? Maybe you feel the notifications do not matter in the long run of things and that it is more beneficial to have the tweets shared in every possible way each time. If you are an author, would you want to be tagged in this specific manner? Asking for a friend 😉