I hope your 2014 is starting off on the right foot. One thing is for sure, it's never healthy to bring negative energy from the previous year into the new year. You must stay focused and worry about making yourself the best you can, and not set your sights on what others are doing. The more you realize that, the better you will be. The course someone else's path is leading, doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you, which is why you must concentrate on your driven path!
Mello & June's message this year is bringing forth positive energy, and we hope it resonates to our wonderful fans and readers! One way you can stay positive is to limit your personal space of negative people or things. Who needs that kind of drama in their life, right? With that being said, we want to start off our reading year on a good note as well! And what we mean by that is how some of us behave on social media.
Knowing we're all about reading and promoting literacy, it is our hope that you practice good manners, while you visit your favorite social media sites. Of course, one site that comes to mind is our favorite, Goodreads.com. There are so many things you can do on that site as a reader, a group member or an author. It makes for so much fun, but, of course, there are always some who try to spoil the fun.
When you set up an account on Goodreads.com, the reader is able to make up shelf titles according to genre of books, or whatever their heart desires. And while that all seems relatively pleasant and nice, unfortunately, some give their shelves names that are downright despicable, mean and cruel, which are designed to get people not to read a particular author's book.
We've talked about these types of individuals before. The ones that take the "f" out of fun. If you read a book and you did not like it, why would you find the need to shelf a book under DNR (meaning Do Not Read)! I don't understand why Amazon/Goodreads.com allows their users to give their shelves these unfair names. Just because a book rubbed you the wrong way, doesn't mean someone else will not enjoy it. Let's face it, there is always going to be someone who enjoys some books and dislike others--that's just the plain facts and I'm willing to deal with that. However, what I'm not able to deal with is naming a shelf DNR or other horrible titles some give, and place a book there. That's certainly not fair to the author nor other readers.
Talk about hitting an author where it hurts--OUCH! I would never ever suggest to another reader what he or she should or should not read. Hell, that's almost as bad as book banning, and we are highly against any such thing! It's just mean to do something so sinister as that. Certainly, you cannot believe this is appropriate behavior on Goodreads.com or any site for that manner. How the hell would you feel if someone were to do that to your business? What some of you should do before you decide to partake in this inappropriate behavior is to put yourself in that person's shoes and see if you would still act the same?
I don't know what the heck is wrong with our society anymore where people think it's quite alright to be rude to others, say whatever the hell they want to others, and place authors on shelves that are cruel. And what galls me all the more is that it is accepted and allowed, and I don't get this? If you know the answers, we'd love to hear from you, because we don't get it and never will. Granted, I've given some negative reviews to some books, but I never attack the author and I most certainly do not put those books on horrible shelves designed to stop others from reading it.
What we would like to see happen this year going forward is for YOU to start behaving in an appropriate dignified way on your social media sites and stop being so damn mean and cruel to each other just because you're hidden behind some electronic device. Many of you who practice these cruel tactics would never ever do that shit to someone directly to their face. It's very easy to talk all the noise you want, when no one can see you, which is why many do these things. We love social media and hate it at the same time. For those of us who used it for the good it was intended, kudos to you, but for those of you who use it to abuse others, I pray one day, you'll be stopped. It makes for a very unpleasant experience, which is a huge reason why I don't spend much of my time on it. I have moved past that and my maturity is at a level much higher than that. I don't have time to play games with foolish ass people! It's a damn shame what some of you do on these sites.
But, it's not too late to change your ways. If you are one of those individuals who have acted in such a bad manner, you can stop, much like you started. Just stop doing it! Play nice, people and grow the hell up! Be a positive force in the universe, and not a negative one! I can guarantee you one thing--if you continue to behave negatively, it's going to catch up with you! And you'll have no one to blame, but yourself!
Until next time, keep it movin' and keep up your reading challenges!
Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet
A Healthy Mind Makes Positive Decisions!