Great Imaginations Burn Book Part 1

Posted May 7, 2014 by Kara in Burn Book / 64 Comments


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This week saw a lot of drama unfold.  There was a huge plagiarism scandal that rocked our community.  Because of this, there’s been a lot of negativity being thrown around on blogs and on Twitter.  Accusations of lying, cheating, bullying, and cliquish behavior.  There isn’t much we can do about this, but we can address the accusations of being a mean girl clique.

Kara, Lyn, and I want to do something positive for this community that we love so much.  We’ve compiled a list of over 50 bloggers – a bit much for a clique, if you ask us – and we want to share our love for these individuals and their blogs, and hopefully spread the joy we get from their presence in this community.  Blogging is a hobby that brings us happiness – it’s time to get back to that feeling.

So we’ve decided that we’re going to share our Burn Book over the course of four weeks, eight posts.  You all know what the Burn Book was in Mean Girls – an ‘anonymous’ scrapbook full of messages about other girls the plastics knew.  We’ve taken this idea, turned it on its head, and now we’re ready to share it with you.

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64 responses to “Great Imaginations Burn Book Part 1

  1. You guys are the absolute best ever. I legit had tears in my eyes because of this and basically it’s the best concept for a post. 🙂 I can’t wait to meet you all in NYC in THREE WEEKS AHHHHHH ♥♥ *hugs forever*

  2. This is such a lovely idea girls, I think it’s good to spread positivity around, even when we haven’t had a scandal beforehand. There’s not enough positivity around and I think it’s the simple but honest and wonderful posts like these that spread that, so good idea girls, you should be proud 🙂
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  3. AWWWW, I am first on this list, which is probably because of my blog name, but WHATEVER *HUGS ALL AROUND*.

    Oh man, I totally miss our terrible romance cover wars, Bekka. Those were the best. Hey, remember that time you tried to read the worst one?

    KARAAAAA, I would say that you have over-emphasized our agility. We didn’t so much run around New York as shamble or stump or float on our tears of pain. *another hug*

    Thanks, Lyn! It is hilarious to me that I am older sistery, since I am an only child. :-p

    Lol, I am laughing at the idea of Steph being quiet in person. I don’t really think of her that way, but I do see it.

    Anyway, I love all of these people and they are all in serious danger of some tackle hugs at BEA. DANGERRRRRRR
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  4. AWWW, YOU GUYS. You just filled my heart with so much sunshine and love I might burst into Disney song right now. I love knowing all three of you and couldn’t imagine my life (blogger or otherwise) without you! This is such a lovely idea and a fabulous way to bring to positivity back into the blogosphere. Thanks for burning me, you delightful, fabulous people 😀
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  5. Aww… what an amazing idea!! No one needs negativity. This is a great way to kill it! I love that you put so much time and thought into the comments you wrote about each of these people!! I know most of them, but will be checking out the ones that I do not know! Well done, ladies!! <3
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    • Yeah, it actually should. We are taking the idea from Mean Girls and turning it on its head into something positive. This was stated in the intro. You must have missed that. 🙂 Let’s keep this positive, please.

  6. Meg

    YOU GUUUUUYYYYYSSSSS!! *hugs, hugs and more hugs* This is such an awesome idea, love the positivity and spreading the love and you guys are so all-around fantastic. I can’t wait to meet you all at BEA (pause for obligatory BEA excitement spaz-dance) and here’s to a beautiful friendship 😀
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  7. Awww, I love you ladies! This is such a great idea to talk about the positives in the community. Many of the bloggers you chose, I’ve also gotten to know pretty well over the years and feel I can trust them. This is such a great community, but it’s all of us, our differences, personalities and willingness to band together to support one another that truly makes it amazing.

    I can’t wait to see you all at BEA. only a few more weeks!! 😀
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  8. What a fun idea! I love all the positivity and love. We can always use more of that in life. Plus, this may also be a way for bloggers to meet other bloggers they might not already know about. I give major kudos to you ladies! Also, cannot wait to hopefully see you all at BEA! <3

  9. You guysssssssss. *hugs everyone* When I saw the letters of my name and my button peeking at the bottom of my screen, I actually had to leave for five minutes and get a handle on myself. Y’all are so sweet. <3

    I'm so unbelievably ready for New York and BEA so I can meet all three of you and also everyone on this list (sans Wendy) and we can wreck the town together! I'm at the stage where I run around the house flailing about meeting all these fabulous people and asking myself ridiculous questions like "Since my hotel is just a couple of blocks from the Javits, do I roll the suitcase I'm going to check in and put books in? Will I look like a moron rolling a suitcase down the streets of NYC to a conference center?" (That is, in fact, my #1 BEA worry right now. I'll figure out navigation to the signing tables and all that when I get there, but THE SUITCASE FOR BOOKS.)

    Also, the bit about me being a reliable black sheep is now in my Twitter bio as "professional black sheep" because it's true. If anyone–even myself–could predict me, my bookish life would be so much easier.

    • Nope. We will all be rolling suitcases. You got it right. 😛

      YOU ARE TOTALLY my black sheep and I love that about you! For real! I can’t wait to see you again! <3

  10. This. This is why I love the three of you so so much. This is why I turn to you guys when I need advice,or have a question, or am BEA freaking out — GI is such a part of the community. You make everyone, and everyone, feel so welcome and surrounded by affection. I love that you saw something so negative and turned it into a positive.

    You’re all wonderful, warm, great people.

    KAra: I love you for your strong opinions, absolutely loyalty, and sharp mind, Thank you for being such a supportive friend.

    Lyn: I love you for your humor, your determination, your unswerving ability to cut through the bullshit. Thank you for lending an ear, or a snarky comment when I need them.

    Bekka: I admit I know you the least well, but I’ve resolved to fix this in 2014. I was so glad you joined GI because I knew it meant I would get to know you better. I love you because you’re funny, and open, and honest. You’re a perfect addition to this group and I think you bring an insight like no other.
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  11. Whoa, you guuuuys. After being mostly gone for a few weeks, I dipped my toe back into social media today and one of the first things I see is this lovely post! I haven’t been around much at all (although I’m grateful to have missed much of the drama), so I especially appreciate the kindness. I know and respect all the other bloggers you’ve mentioned in the post, and I have a bunch of people I definitely need to “burn” as well!

    Thank you for doing this, and for contributing something so wholly positive and supportive to the sometimes-rocky waters that we navigate as bloggers.
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  12. I was a little confused when I saw you talk about this on twitter (I haven’t been around much today and was confused at why you were making something to bash bloggers) but I love the idea of giving love to other bloggers. There are so many amazing people in the community. 🙂 ♥
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  13. This is such a marvelous reinvention of the burn book! I’m among the glad and lucky people that is clueless about the recent blogging plagiarism drama. But I do know we’ve all seen enough drama and negativity around the blogoverse for the post few years for this to be an absolute breath of fresh air. What a way for you to show some love and encourage everyone to do the same. Sweets for everyone!
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    • Bekka

      If you DM one of us on Twitter, we’ll send you the link to the document so you can add your comments!

  14. This is a great idea, and I love what you say about Wendy. Yes to all of it! The other blogs and bloggers are unknown to me (though I’ve occasionally stumbled across Cuddlebuggery), but probably not for long!

    I think it’s terrific that you are lauding these bloggers publicly. There are a number of bloggers I admire, and a number whom I’ve come to think of as friends. I need to find a way to give them a shout-out, too.

    I have to admit that I missed the big scandal, though. Probably because I was head-down in a demanding project and didn’t get to read blogs at all last week.
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