Happy Valentine’s Day Book Ravens!
I hope you’re having a great day with your partner or loved ones…I do not have a significant other at the moment, but I wanted to take a moment and talk about what I love about the bookish community.
I truly think I wouldn’t be who I am if I had not become a part of this community when I did, and I have noticed some things that, compared to other online communities, are really wonderful!
I might get a bit sappy, but what else am I supposed to do on February 14th?
1 – Positivity
I have been, and am currently, in multiple online communities. And I can say that by far the most positive and supportive one would be the book community.
Because you’re all such good people! Sexist, homophobic, transphobic, racist comments – they don’t last. We see the truth and stand up for each other and support each other.
It’s the one community that makes me comfortable asking a question – I know that I won’t get attacked for asking, or trying to learn something. And, nine out of ten times, someone comes to help and now I know something I didn’t before.
The only negativity I’ve ever found was on Twitter, which almost doesn’t count because Twitter is Twitter.
2 – Friends
To go back to my paragraph about how lovely you all are, it makes it so easy to find friends! I’ve found an amazing group of friends – most of whom are so much like me it’s insane – and I love talking to them!
And even the people who I’m not close with I consider friends. Everyone is always civil and eloquent and so, so kind!
3 – Making A Difference
There’s this really crazy thing that happens in this community where…we’re valued??
When we yell about how we need more LGBTQ+ books, publishers and authors listen.
When we say we need more POC on book covers, we get more POC on book covers.
When we find bad representation, we correct it and show authors the right way.
Granted it goes slow – because the publishing industry IS slow, on both the writing and the publishing – but it happens. They hear us and actually do something about it!
That’s more than I can say for the problems in Hollywood, or sexism in music, or even discrimination on YouTube.