"You must become so free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." -Albert Camus
I feel the need to have a space where these two hashtags can be explained in an accessible way as possible. I'm not perfect and my explanation of them may not be everyone's explanation of them, but I ask you to please take a moment to read my subjective interpretation. If you've anything to add, please do so in the comments and I will be happy to include them in this post. I'd love for this to be a community explanation.
#HaleNo is a hashtag that represents blogger's taking a stance against the recent insanity to do with Kathleen Hale stalking a blogger to her home, and now also has to do with Richard Brittain, an author who stalked a reviewer and committed physical harm against her. It is a peaceful protest against that sort of behavior in the community. Also, this needs to be made clear: We also do not support the recent doxxing of Kathleen Hale and many bloggers reported that incident. I just wanted that to be heard.
#Bloggerblackout is a movement that has been ignited due to the recent events. In short, it's a movement where bloggers are choosing not to review until October 27th (although I have heard that some are prolonging their blackout) in order to get back in touch with their roots. The truth is, blogging is for the bloggers and the reviews are for the readers. I think it's great when bloggers and authors and publishers form beautiful relationships. I really think that's a wonderful aspect of blogging, but I don't think it's ever been intended to be the main aspect. Please respect that bloggers are trying to remember why they began blogging in the first place and to rekindle their love for it.
The reason why I didn't participate in the #Bloggerblackout is because I do not do ARC reviews in general. At least, not yet. I've been reviewing much older books. However, I do 100% the #Bloggerblackout for however long the bloggers want to maintain it.
I hope this explains a few things.
I will be doing more posts of this sort on my blog, if you'd like to see them. Thank you for reading and I hope we can spread the message of what these hashtags really mean.