My Stance as A Diverse Book Blogger & Introducing New Feature : The Diversity Corner

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Hello everyone! Welcome to another discussion post ♥

Today we’ll be talking about something a little more serious than usual. As you probably have known, I once wrote a post declaring my support for diversity. It’s true, I thoroughly support it. BUT, you might also notice that I almost never tweet about diversity or voice my further opinions in that matter. Why is that? The truth is, I have a lot of reasons, and today we’ll be talking about it along with my future plan.

Let’s break it down!

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I don’t feel like I’m ‘diverse’ enough

I know this is silly. I mean, I’m a Muslim person of color so globally speaking, I am part of the diverse group, aren’t I? The thing is, I live in Indonesia where most of its citizens are Muslim and fellow POCs. We don’t have white people here, and even if we do, they’re tourists or expatriates working in our country. I’m also straight and able bodied. Sure there are a lot of conflicts in my country. Conflicts between religions, prejudice between ethnics, but even MY ethnic is majority where I live. I’m a Sundanese living in West Java. That being said, I never experience how it feels to be marginalized. To be the victim of racism and all that.

The fact that I never experience it first hand makes me feel like I’m not entitled to use the title of #DiverseBookBlogger. It’s probably silly and stupid but I do feel like I’m not diverse enough. That my experience isn’t as important as the others. That’s partly why I’ve been so reluctant in using the title and taking part in conversation about diversity. The other part is because of my knowledge, which brings us to point two.

I don’t have enough knowledge

Aside from not experiencing it first hand, I also don’t have enough knowledge about diversity. I never gave feminism much thought, racial profiling was just a distant term, and I wasn’t even familiar with the term cultural appropriation or systematic oppression. So every time someone talks about it on twitter, I’m content with being a silent reader because really, I have nothing to add. I don’t want to get things wrong.

I don’t like arguing on Twitter

More often than not I’ve seen what started out as a gentle call out or healthy argument turned into a mess. People are dragging each other and misunderstanding happens all the time even  after the person provides tons of disclaimer on their threads. Sometimes even an honest mistake turned out to be a twitter war and I personally can’t deal with it. I’m all for confrontation in real life but 140 characters for each tweet can’t convey my messages and even twitter threads still aren’t enough. I feel like on twitter, the chance of my messages being misunderstood is so high and I just… don’t want that.

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Those are the reasons why I mostly chose to keep quiet. Instead of voicing my own opinion, I chose a safer approach. I try reading more diversely, retweeting important thread from people who know better about the issues than I do, promoting diverse books, trying to avoid problematic books as best as I could, acknowledging the fact that some of my favorite books are non diverse and even problematic, and saying so on my reviews. For a long time I kept saying to myself that this is the best I could do.

But boy I was wrong.

My turning point was when I won a giveaway hosted by Heidi Helig on twitter last month. The giveaway was solely for #DiverseBookBloggers and I… won. I won because other bloggers nominated me. I won because they believed that I care so much about diversity and I do. I do but I realized that I didn’t do enough for it. I mean, I’m not even sure that I would nominate myself. That’s when I promised to myself that I’m going to do better.

Even to myself, my reasons for not doing more started to feel like excuses. am part of the diversity, and if white people could be an ally and promote things that they haven’t even experienced, why can’t I? I should be able to. And the thing is, people are capable of learning. I may not understand a lot of things now but I could learn more. I could ask those people and bloggers who understand things better than I do and read about all of it, especially now that everything is just one Google search away. And the fact that I don’t want to talk about it on Twitter shouldn’t even be an issue because I have my blog, a perfect platform to promote diversity.

I kept trying to come up with something brilliant. Something that would show my commitment and support to diversity but still within my limit… and one night the idea came to me. A feature solely dedicated to diversity, or as I call it, THE DIVERSITY CORNER ♦

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What is the diversity corner, you ask?

It’s a monthly feature dedicated to diversity in books. On the fourth Saturday of every month, I will publish a post about all things diverse. The format would be like a wrap-up post + book recommendation list. I’m planning to have a theme for each month so all the contents will follow the theme. Here are the things you’re gonna find in every post :

  1. Diversity news & updates. It’s basically an update about diversity related news that I could find around the blogosphere or the publishing industry. Example of news : Book X has been called out as problematic, author Y is going to release a new diverse book, and so on.
  2. #DiverseBookBloggers spotlight, because I know a lot of bloggers are more expert and vocal about these issues than I am. In this section, I’m going to introduce some incredible diverse book bloggers along with some of their most notable posts (really like a wrap-up post). Oh and I will try to match it with the theme, i.e when the theme is about Muslim, then I will introduce you some of my favorite Muslim bloggers, etc. I’m probably also gonna do an author spotlight but it’s not a permanent section.
  3. Diverse Book Recommendations. This list will be a combination of books I’ve read and books that are on my TBR. Again, the theme of the recommendation will match the monthly theme. I’m not always ahead when it comes to diverse books so I’m gonna use all the help from other bloggers I can get, meaning I’m gonna ask for recs on twitter, link up recommendation posts from other bloggers, ask other bloggers to team up with me, etc.
  4. New diverse releases for the following month. For my February diversity corner, I will put together a list of new diverse releases in March.

For the theme itself, I’m going to start with themes that are close to my heart such as Asian, Muslim, and diverse books from Indonesia. I’m also gonna try to match my theme with the international monthly celebration. Like this month is Black History Month and I really want to center my post around that theme but I don’t know enough about it yet, so I’m 90% not gonna do it but also I’m going to be more prepared for next time 🙂

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Alright everyone those are my reasons why I’d been relatively quiet and why I wouldn’t do so anymore. I want to do better and this is the one way I could think of. What do you think about it? What posts and themes would you be interested in? I am still, and will always be, learning, so I’m gonna need your help and advice and guidance to do it right. 🙂 Let me know what you think about this feature because I’d love to hear your thoughts ♥♥

P.S. My first post of The Diversity Corner will be up on Saturday, February 25, so keep an eye of it! 😀

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90 thoughts on “My Stance as A Diverse Book Blogger & Introducing New Feature : The Diversity Corner

  1. YEEEEES !!! To everything you said !
    Through most of this year (up until October or November really) I thought I wasn’t diverse enough, that I shouldn’t speak up because there are a lot of things I don’t know but then I decided that no one can make me a diverse bookblogger but myself. Although I had to deal with microaggressions my whole life because Morocco has its fair share of light skinned people. The “you’re attractive for a person with brown skin” or “I don’t usually date people with brown skin but I like you” which are meant as compliments but really are more offensive than anything else. Also people would be using slurs and then tell me “oh! We don’t mean you, just X and Y” and X and Y are just like me. Anyway, all of this to say that that’s how I realized that my voice matters too 😄
    I realized lately that my blog has been naturally shifting its focus to diversity and I couldn’t be happier about it 😍
    I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOUR NEW FEATURE ❤❤

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  2. I think you explained yourself in a most lovely way and I completely understand where you were coming from! 140 characters are VERY difficult to get your point across without the possibility of being misunderstood. However, I LOVE that you chose to channel that and do a Diversity Corner instead. I am going to be looking forward to those monthly posts for sure ❤

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  3. I felt exactly the same way! And sometimes I still do. I live in Ecuador, and here, we have other kind of discrimination problems. But still, I’m white, and the racism going on in other countries, even when I’ve gone as a tourist, has never affected me. It wasn’t until recently that my mom went to live to the US that I became genuinely afraid for the state of things there. I know she lives in a community with a lot of other latin americans but hate is still around.

    I decided to be a bit more vocal in twitter a while ago, because of some things I just couldn’t abide for anymore. But I don’t think I will make it my primary platform for that anytime soon. Like you said, it’s just not the right platform for such an important and serious discussion as this one. Too many things can be misunderstood.

    I love the Diversity Corner idea! Be prepared to have me around your blog a lot more often!

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    • I know right! I feel like I’m not entitled enough to have opinions about these issues , which is silly because everyone has different stories to tell hehe ahh I hope things are going well for both you and your mom 🙂 I totally understand what you mean! Getting into an unhealthy argument could be pretty stressful. Oh yay please do, I’ll be so happy to have you around more often ❤

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  4. This post is brilliant Puput. I love how honest you are. You definitely have a right to discuss diversity and your opinion is extremely valid. I think not knowing is a pretty common thing. We’re all learning and growing and that’s okay 💖 I definitely understand the Twitter thing. It’s even made me deactivate because sometimes it can just get so misconstrued. I’m super looking forward to the new feature! And you definitely deserved that giveaway, btw 😘 You’re one of the loveliest people ever. It’s not your job to educate people just because you’re a diverse blogger. You were doing enough and the fact that you want to do more just shows how amazing you are 💖

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    • Thank you so much Lauren! 🙂 I know right, but it’s just so hard to come to term with it, I kept feeling like I’m not entitled enough to talk about those issues hehe oh yes I noticed you were missing for a few days! I hope deactivating made you feel better 😀 AWWWW LAUREN YOU’RE TOO KIND! Thank YOU ❤

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  5. I get what you meant about not feeling diverse enough. Even though I’m considered a minority because I’m an Asian living in the U.S.A., I personally never felt marginalized because I live in an area where the minority (in this case Asians) are the majority. Because of this, I understand how you found it silly to call yourself a diverse book blogger. I’m glad that you’ve decided to embrace your identity though and I’m looking forward to the diversity corner 😊!

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  6. I like the sound of this. I’ll be sure to check out each post every month 🙂 And I totally understand your reasons for keeping silent, but I’m glad your putting yourself out there. I think one of the reasons it took so long to bring more Diversity was because so many people were afraid of speaking out and causing conflict. But congratulations on winning the giveaway – well deserved!

    Also I didn’t know you were from West Java. I was there on holiday only last week and every person I met was so friendly and helpful. Indonesia is now one of my favourite places – I cant wait to return and check out the East side of it. You have such an awesome country!

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    • Yayyy thank you, I can’t wait 😀 I know right, I kept debating with myself and I decided to embrace my identity as it is and do something meaningful 🙂

      Ooohhh really? Yeahhh the majority of Indonesian people are so nice and friendly hehe can’t wait for you to be back and explore some more 😀

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  7. This sounds like such a fantastic idea! I’ve been trying to surround myself with diverse book bloggers and bloggers who mainly champion diverse books, so I’m so excited to read your posts. I’m so proud of you for starting this – often I’m too scared to speak out, so I commend you for doing so ♥♥♥

    Denise | Riot Grrrl Reads

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  8. I love this post so much! I actually can relate really well to not feeling like you’re diverse enough… I mean, to be completely frank as an Indonesian-Chinese we did/do get a lot of discrimination in Indonesia but I still feel like I’ve lived a really privileged life? I dunno. :/

    But yeah, this is such a great step you’re taking and I’m so excited for you and to see the new diversity posts you’ll be posting, especially ones to do with Indonesia! Congratulations on winning that giveaway – I’m glad it became a positive turning point for you. ❤

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    • Thank you Reg! 😀 I know right, I feel like as long as I still live a privileged life then I’m not entitled to talk about those diversity issues? That’s what I’ve been thinking about lately hahah and I totally get what you mean about the discrimination in Indonesia! Especially now! Sometimes I’m kind of ashamed for the things my fellow natives do 😦 yayyy I’m so excited too! Thank you so much ❤

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  9. I am so, so happy about this post, Puput. I understand when you’re saying you didn’t really take part in all of the Twitter debates, it’s so easy for things to go up in flames in just a couple of seconds or a misinterpretation of someone.
    I am so happy to hear you’re going to do this – I can’t wait to read all of your recommendations and spotlights, I am so sure I will find out about so many new books, I can’t wait 🙂

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    • Awww thank you so much Marie, I’m so happy too! 😀 I know right, it’s so easy for things to be misunderstood or taken out of context on Twitter and I feel like blog would make a better and more suitable platform for me 😀 yayyy keep an eye for my first post! 😛

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  10. I love this post so much!
    First of all, your idea sounds brilliant. I’m excited to read the new posts and I’m sure they’ll be very eye opening.
    To be honest, I can relate to a lot you said. I also don’t feel diverse enough to claim myself a diverse blogger. I am Latin-American and my mother-language is not even English, but I’ve never experienced being truly marginalized. Living in Brazil, I live a very good life; I’m also straight, able-bodied and, in a lot of ways, privileged.
    I am also very unaware of a loooot of things – mainly, because, as you mentioned, things can blow out of proportion and people can go from debating healthily to bashing one another. I feel extremely uncomfortable with these situations and I always try to stay away from it. Maybe, that’s why I am hardly ever active on Twitter.
    But this post definitely inspired me to be more welcoming to diverse books and authors and to be more confident on sharing them at my blog. Thank you so much! ❤

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    • Thank you! 😀 I know rightttt I feel like I’m only a little diverse and as long as I still live a privileged life, I’m not entitled to talk about those issues… I’ve spent the last week thinking about it and I decided that my voice matters too hehe I agree, it’s so easy for thing to go up in flames on twitter and that’s not what I want. I hope this feature turns out good and I definitely encourage you to share more about diverse books/authors on your blog 😀

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  11. This sounds like a wonderful feature and I am glad you are embracing diversity on your blog. I mean, I get your reasoning for having not done so as much previously because you don’t feel like you have the knowledge and experience to back you up but learn by doing. I am the same in wading into a lot of what happens on Twitter, I am always behind on things and as a straight, white woman living in the UK, I couldn’t come from more of a privileged background unless I had a trust fund or was a man. I don’t feel like I have the right to speak up on a lot of issues as I am not as knowledgeable on them and I don’t have experience of many things. I hope to address more issues and embrace more diversity in my reading though. I hope to learn new things and find some new diverse reads with this feature so good luck.

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    • Yes to everything you said! And hahaha for being a man :’) but I feel you, I don’t feel like I’m entitled to speak up about those stuffs so I decided to just stay on my lane and boost the voices of other more knowledgeable people hehe yayyy I hope you do! Reading more diversely is fun haha thank you Becky 😀

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  12. This is amazing and I can’t wait to read all your posts and features on diversity!! I totally understand why you wouldn’t want to be vocal on twitter. 140 character is soooo not enough to convey a point clearly, I don’t think. And it’s so easy to be misunderstood or have something taken out of context. Blogs make a much better platform for important discussions! Go you! 🎉

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  13. What a great idea! I’m looking forward to the posts 🙂 I completely understand what you’re saying about your reasons though. And Twitter is probably not the best environment. But the great thing about having a blog is that it’s kind of a safe space for us, you know? I definitely feel more comfortable talking about things on my blog rather than social media.

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  14. I love this idea and get where you’re coming from in terms of feeling like you’re not diverse enough. I’ve lived my entire life in a country where I’m in the racial minority and I haven’t always felt welcome at home but because I’m white, I feel like I can’t talk about it. I’m definitely trying to branch out and discuss diversity more on my blog and I’m really excited that you’re creating a diversity corner! I’d love to see themes on the LGBTQ+ community, third culture kids and feminism within non-feminist countries (and would be happy to give advice on any of those if you needed it). 🙂

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    • I know right, I’m surprised that a lot of people feel the same way hahah oh yes I will definitely support you! I’m excited as well hahaha I’m planning to do LGBTQ+ theme but maybe still a few months away because it’s not my lane, therefore can’t speak from experience hehe but I will be happy to accept guest bloggers or receive advice on that matter 😀

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  15. This is such a brilliant post – I can’t wait to start reading your Diversity Corner! I think I’m kind-of in the same boat as you in the Diverse Book Blogger thing – I’m bi and mentally ill, but I’m also white, cis, and able-bodied. In conversations about diversity I therefore try to educate people about LGBT+ and mental illness stuff, but stay in my lane (by just re-tweeting stuff) when talking about everything else.

    I’m so glad that you are starting up this series – your voice is important too 🙂

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    • I know right! I feel like because I’m only a part of one or two diverse groups, instead of all, that I’m not entitled enough to speak up about those issues hehe but I agree with you! I’m probably only gonna talk about things I know of and experience myself and will accept guest blogger for topics I don’t understand much about 😀 I’m so glad too, thanks a lot! ❤

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      • Getting guest bloggers is a really good idea! And yeah, I tend to talk about experiences I know, and whenever I write a review about a book that features people of colour, for example, I usually state that I’m white, and therefore all of my opinions should be taken with a grain of salt.

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  16. This was such a great post, Puput! I’ve made it my goal to try and read more diverse this year and also ACTIVELY seek out diverse books rather than just stumbling upon them by chance, so I am really looking forward to your Diversity Corner and seeing all the blogs and books you’ll be recommending!

    I’ve learned a surprising amount about social issues and sexuality and gender related things from my time in the One Direction fandom. And that was one of the last things I expected to happen, to be honest. But it was also one of the greatest gifts! But I also know that there is still so much more to learn for me – which is also why I usually don’t get involved in discussions. I do love reading threads on diversity though!

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    • Yayyy thank you so much! 😀 Ah yes I fully support your goals, I hope my feature will help you achieve those goals hehe ohh really? It’s amazing when you could learn something from where you least expect it haha I agree! I used to feel content to just sit back and let others do the talking haha but I feel like it’s time for me to start speaking up about issues that matter to me ❤

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  17. This post is amazing and important and I love it. You absolutely deserve any recognition you get b/c your blog is fantastic. It was really interesting to read about your perspective, because I think “diverse” means something different to everybody. For example, I would normally consider you as a Diverse Book Blogger, but my experience is very different than yours. It was so great to read your perspective! I totally feel you about the Twitter thing, too! I’m glad you are embracing it and starting the monthly feature – I look forward to reading it!

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    • Thank you so much Emily! 😀 I knoooow I used to feel like that too, I feel like most of the diversity talks kind of center around the western countries? Like, Muslim is considered a minority because it is a minority there but it’s not in Asia or Africa. Either way, I feel like it’s about time for me to share my opinion hehe yayyy I hope the feature will turn out great! 😀

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  18. This is so great!! Can’t wait to see your new posts ❤ I think one of the biggest issues with the current diversity discussion is that it's VERY American based (or European/Australian) so it'll be great to see more about it from the perspective of someone outside of those few areas.

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  19. You already know that I am extremely excited about your diversity feature, Puput 😁! I can’t wait for all of your book and blogger recommendations and book news. I completely get what you mean about twitter and how easy it is to misconstrued things with just 140 characters. I think that’s a big reason why I don’t use mine a lot and why I’ve found myself not talking about important topics online even though I’m very vehement about my opinions and thoughts outside of the internet. (Per all the heated debates I get into with my family.) I’m always afraid I’ll get something completely wrong or accidentally offend someone. It’s a scary thought.

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    • YES I DOOOO HAHAHA I can’t wait for the first post to be published as well (even if I haven’t started writing) hahaha I know right, I adore those people who could write some amazing and eye opening twitter threads about diversity but I feel like it’s not for me? I feel like blog would be a more suitable platform for this haha I hope you’d also speak up more because everyone voices matter! 😀 BUT YES TO DEBATES WITH THE FAMILY!! It’s exhausting 😦

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      • I know what you mean about having not started writing a post. I have a few discussion planned but I keep reading instead of blogging or writing posts. I’ve been so wrapped up in my reread. 🙈
        I do look forward to seeing it when you do get the chance to write it though.
        Same! I admire them and how they can throw their opinion out there so eloquently with few words. But yeah, twitters threads are definitely not for me either lol. Blogging does seem like the perfect platform for it. I love when I see discussion on diversity. I always learn something I didn’t know. 😊
        Right? It really is exhausting. 😣

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  21. I absolutely love this idea!!! Being totally blind myself, I’m technically part of a minority group, even among the visually impaired community. But because I “blend” with the sighted world so well, I don’t really feel like I’m that diverse either. I support all forms of diversity, (2017 is actually going to be my year of diverse reading), but like you I don’t feel like I know enough to really talk about it. People are offended so easily that I don’t want to say the wrong thing, so I end up writing more disclaimers than actual content whenever I review a diverse book.

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    • I know right! I think diversity is so relative and most of the issues being talked about center around the western countries. But since the big publishers and authors are mostly from those countries, I feel like it’s important for me to speak up about the issues that matter to me hehe and I do hope you speak up more about your experience as well! 😀 I have two books on my TBR in which the MCs are visually impaired and I can’t wait to read them ❤ but omg I agree, I once read a twitter thread in which the first three tweets were disclaimer….

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  22. You explained yourself and your position so eloquently in this post! I totally get the feeling of not feeling like you’re “diverse enough” to speak with authority on these issues– though I am a queer woman living with mental illness, I’m also white, cis, and able-bodied, and I recognize the privilege society grants me because of these things. I think it’s really important to speak on your own marginalizations, but to boost the voices of other marginalized groups whenever possible. 🙂 Your Diversity Corner feature sounds fantastic, and I can’t wait to read the first one later this month!!

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    • Ahh I’m so relieved to hear that! 😀 I knoooow I feel like I’m only partially diverse and it’s silly because does such thing even exist?haha however I’ve decided to speak up more about things that matter to me and boost the voices of others who are more knowledgeable than I am, just like you said 😀 yayyy I hope it turns out great ❤

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  23. I think this is such a wonderful feature you’ve come up with & can’t wait to read your first post at the end of the month. Also, I can relate to the silence since I myself share these feelings. I am trying my very hardest to read more diversely & educate myself in order to have an opinion I can feel confident to stand by. Great post & thank you for your honesty 🙂

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  24. I get what you mean about not feeling diverse enough. I am an African woman living in Africa who has never directly experienced racism. However, I do acknowledge that there is a lot of hate in the world and in my case, I try to highlight books about Africa by African authors as a way to bring focus to my Continent which I feel is either ignored or misrepresented in most media.

    I really like your idea and will be looking forward to yours posts. Great initiative!

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    • Same! I never really had a hard time from being Muslim but I’ve seen Muslims being oppressed and called terrorists in the western countries so I’m gonna try to share my perspectives and boost more books by Muslim authors! 😀 Yayyy thank you, I hope the feature turns out great ❤

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  25. This is such an amazing post, Puput!

    I understand not feeling diverse enough to be considered a “genuine” #diversebookblogger. I’m a white American, and pass as/am treated by society as a cisgendered heterosexual even though I’m neither cis nor straight; I don’t experience any discrimination based on race, gender identity, or sexuality.

    And I definitely relate to feeling more comfortable just listening to and retweeting other, more knowledgeable bloggers. (And avoiding the Twitter drama is important for my mental/emotional health!)

    I’ve been quietly focusing on reviewing LGBT+ books so far this year, and reading about your experience and your newfound determination to highlight diversity is incredibly inspirational. Maybe I’ll take a cue from you and be less quiet about it now. Because you’re right: not experiencing marginalization doesn’t mean we can’t make valuable contributions to the diverse book movement.

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Can’t wait to read your new monthly feature. =)

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    • Thank you so much Liam! 😀 I knooow I feel like I’m only a little diverse and I don’t have the right to speak up haha but now I decided to do more especially when it comes to issues that matter to me hehe and I think it’s amazing that you intentionally seek out diverse books, the ones that represent you! 😀 I’ll fully support you if you want to do/speak up more about it hehe you’re welcome! I hope the feature turns out to be good ❤

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  26. So reading the top section felt like reading my thoughts out loud. That’s literally have I’m feeling right now. I’m biracial (Latinx and white), white passing, straight, cisgender and able bodied so I don’t ever feel like my thoughts and opinions on diversity are as important as everyone else’s so I just don’t say anything. I’ve written one post on diversity and why I support it and I’ve expanded my reading a bit but that’s all I do. I share a lot of threads on Twitter about important information from other people because I never feel like what I have to say is important.
    I’m really glad that you’ve taken on this new feature and I can’t wait to see what recs and info you’ll share. It’s gonna be amazing!

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  27. Diversity Corner sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read the posts! 🙂
    I’ve definitely always taken a quieter stance on diversity too, even though it is something I care about massively. I always just feel like I can’t say anything because I’m a straight, white able-bodied person, so I’m not really a member of any marginalised groups (other than being a woman, I guess) and I always fear people will be a bit like ‘what do you know about it?’ But I definitely think it’s something everyone should be having more conversations about, so i love what you’re doing with this! 🙂

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    • Thank you Laura, the first on will be on the 25th! 😀 I totally get what you mean. I’ve seen white people feel confused about where they stand when it comes to diversity because even if they care and support it, they feel like they don’t have the right to talk about it. But of course, I only knew this from some of them hehe ahh yes I hope my feature will be helpful 😀

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  28. Are there any fantasy books published in Indonesia? I’d say make a weekly feature to promote an Indonesian book you like, with a review, maybe it will generate some interest to get some translated to English. I’d like to read more foreign fantasy books but so few are ever translated to English, we never hear about them. I think letting the blogosphere know about good books from foreign countries might help getting us more diverse books.

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  29. I loved this. You’re so right about us having a blog to promote. I always avoid things on Twitter because it is SO easy to misunderstand things. Like you said, even threads aren’t enough sometimes. And then once someone does mess up, it blows up. BUT we do have blogs. Where we can talk about things and try to articulate it much better. And if we mess up, hopefully people will take the time to help us out in our comments (instead of screenshotting, which scares me too). I’m not in any sort of minority, I’m white, straight, able-bodied, and live in a relatively wealthy area of my state. So, I definitely feel like I’m not someone to talk about diversity because what do I know? I’m trying though. Good luck with your new feature! I look forward to it.

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    • Thank you Molly 😀 Exactly, I really don’t want to take part in a Twitter debate because no matter how healthy it is and how good everyone acts, I still don’t feel like it’s enough?haha thank you, I really hope this feature would be helpful 😀

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  30. I am a diverse book blogger and also living in the US. But since I live in Southern California, I don’t feel as marginalized as others.

    I don’t use Twitter to voice out my views on diversity because it just creates drama. And sometimes, people misunderstand things and then it all blows up in your face. So even though I support diverse bloggers, diverse authors, and diverse characters, I usually just keep mum about it on social media. I DO talk about it to people IRL which, I think is better than have things misunderstood on social media.

    Awesome feature, btw. 🙂

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    • I’m surprised to see so many people share my opinion! I thought it was just me ahaha I think it’s great that you’re talking to people in real life! It’s something and since you do it directly, the chance for success is higher… I think hahaha thank you, I hope it turns out great 😀

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