We’re going to start today’s discussion post off with a story!
Now, I’m not going to mention who’s blog this happened on (because that would just be tacky, and she’s a very nice girl and I love her blog), but a comment that was made by somebody got me to thinking…do you look at a blogger’s description box?
About two months ago, I was reading a book review of Allegiant by Veronica Roth on somebody’s blog. Now, I’m sure that if you’ve read (or even heard of) this book, you know that there’s a HUGE spoiler-y spoiler thing that happens in this book. Well, in her review, the blogger talks in-depth about this spoiler…without any spoiler tags or warnings!
So, being the conscientious friend and blogger that I am, I decided to leave a polite little comment saying that, while I wasn’t spoiled (because I’ve read the book), I was worried that other people might stumble upon her review and end up being spoiled in a huge way because of the lack of spoiler tags.
In response, she commented back (very nicely), explaining that all of her reviews have spoilers, but she doesn’t include spoiler tags or headers for those posts because, in her description box (that little “about me” section that’s usually under a blogger’s picture in their sidebar) she warns people that her reviews will have spoilers.
First of all…I think it’s totally fine that she wants to have spoilers in her reviews. Good for her! Personally, I don’t include spoilers in mine, but I do like reading spoiler-y reviews and totally respect her decision to write them.
But I’m sort of unsure about what I think of the whole “description box spoiler warning” thing.
Maybe it’s just me, and I’m sorry if this is not proper blogger etiquette or something, but I rarely read a blogger’s description box. If I do read it, it’s probably after I’ve been following you for a while, because I want to learn more about you. But I don’t read description boxes of a blogger if I’m trying to decide whether or not to follow them…I have other criteria for that (another post for another day!).
I’m sure that I actually have read most of the description boxes of the bloggers that I follow at one point or another, but I follow a lot of blogs. Unless we’re good bloggy friends or I visit your blog really often…to be honest, I probably don’t even remember your name. I hate saying that, but when you follow literally hundreds of blogs, it’s hard to keep them all straight. I make it a point to leave personal and thoughtful comments on almost every blog I follow, and I make an effort to include lots of links in my weekly wrap-ups, but to me, your content is how I recognize you…not by a name or information about you in your description box.
There are tons of bloggers that I do know things about…like I know Chiara is Australian and has beautiful hair, Kayla is a writer and a teacher, Jamie‘s husband is named Will, and Rachel‘s favorite musical artist is Demi Lovato (and on and on). But if I haven’t been following you for a while, or we don’t know each other that well, I usually don’t remember very much. I apologize for that if it is insulting or rude; I really do have the best intentions at heart…but I feel like it’s more important to follow a lot of blogs and spread the love around as much as possible, rather than follow 20 blogs and remember all of those bloggers’ names.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I feel like it’s probably a bad idea to warn people of spoilers in your description box. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who follows a lot of blogs or has trouble keeping bloggers straight. At some point…you will spoil somebody by accident because of that. And that’s such a shame. I also think it alienates new readers as well. What if somebody found your post from Twitter or a random link somewhere? The first thing they’re going to be doing is reading the post that they’re interested in…not looking at your description box. That’s just the truth.
What do you guys think… Do you have trouble keeping bloggers straight? Do you think it’s okay to have a general spoiler warning in the description box? Do you usually pay any attention to a blogger’s description box?