I missed Jackie from Farm Lane Books' post when it first went up. Actually, I saw J.C.'s response today before I even read Jackie's post. I was kind of surprised by Jackie's choice of words and strong opinion, and yes, I was a little offended. However, I also think everyone is entitled to their opinion.
As an American, I don't really feel loud and obnoxious. I'm not really ever that way (unless I drink too much, but that's neither here nor there. :) I don't feel I am somehow self-promoting my "brand" or something when I send out a tweet that I have a new post up (you're following me for a reason, hello) and I don't feel that memes are bad (although I do take responsibility for creating 2 and having 2-3 up a week) and as long as there are book reviews included, it is still a book blog. (And, I would like to point out that Jackie participated in my 20 Questions meme.)
Sometimes I find Brits to be a little snobbish, boring, and without personality. Should I broadcast that generalization on my blog? I wouldn't ever dare. Know why? Because it is a generalization based on a handful of people. And generalizing about nationality is just as bad as generalizing about race, gender, or age. Any reader of my blog knows I love making friends of different nationalities and reading about different cultures (just check out my Snapshots in Diversity series starting tomorrow.) I have friends via book blogging in the U.K. that I don't think are snobbish, boring, and without personality and I have found these friends by not being prejudice against their nationality via generalizations.
I am sure Jackie's words came across harsher than she intended and she was really just trying to open up a discussion. Perhaps she should have had someone proofread it before she posted, but hindsight is 20/20, isn't it? While I agree with Pam's response and J.C.'s post, and while Jackie has put out an apology for offending, I fall into the middle ground here. No, I didn't appreciate the generalization, but also I understand how sometimes we say things that come across differently than we intend and I understand that everyone makes mistakes and I understand that really what I felt was what so many people of other races, nationalities, and cultures have felt for thousands of years- I AM NOT A STEREOTYPE, I AM AN INDIVIDUAL. Perhaps we as American book bloggers should take any anger or frustration over Jackie's post and turn it into a determination to never make anyone else feel like how we felt when we read it. I think it is the American thing to do, ACCEPTING OTHERS, if you don't mind my saying so.