When I wrote my very first blog post almost two years ago, it was the entrée into a world of very nice and compassionate people who were respectful and merely looking for discussion amongst a group of similarly focused individuals. The discourse was lively, sometimes heated, and always enlightening, but not hurtful or degrading as a general rule.
I find that this is no longer the case.
For many months now, I’ve refrained from commenting on blogs as I’m tired of being flamed and having my words serve as the launching point for vicious attacks on my person. I find I question everything I plan to write and no longer have the desire to put myself in the limelight.
The final straw for me was watching a blogger I’ve followed for years recently be ripped to shreds to the point where his blog and all of his ancillary endeavors have disappeared as well. Ironically, his accuser has also disappeared.
Is the accuser’s story true? Maybe, I really couldn’t say. I wasn’t there to witness it, nor was I in any of their minds. I can say that in the years I’ve followed and, from time to time, directly interacted with Clown, he never crossed any boundaries and was above board in his respect and professionalism.
Because this is all I know, this is all that matters to me. To Le Clown I say … it’s a sad day to see you and the communities you created that were beneficial to so many, including your accusers, disappear.
In the wake of this, I came to a conclusion .. I no longer wish to be a part of WordPress. The two are not intrinsically linked. The burning of Clown in effigy is just the final straw that put me over the tipping point as I waffled.
I also realized that the only platform I need is my books. If you want to know me, read my work. I’m in each and every novel I write.
That being said, there are many of you whom I’ve enjoyed and will miss. You may see me visit from time to time, but I will no longer write here on WordPress.
Best of luck to you all.