Untitled - No disclaimers needed
On the flip side of my other blog today 'Back to business (An 'on topic' blog)...A title which was meant to be ironic to what i have witnessed in the last 48 hours.
I write very sad that today, for the first time since I joined this, what I considered wonderful, supportive, network, I have deleted a comment made because of the replies I received back. The irony was the post was about 'Bullying within WA'. My response which was written in all good spirit of free speech, compassion and understanding, and with no argument, was met with a harsh WARNING and some who felt the need to reply with a comment which was long enough to be a whole other blog.
There appears to be a war brewing, with two camps (can't help it but I hear the Frankie Goes to Hollywood tune 'Two tribes go to war),and I feel like I have returned as the Mother standing asking, can't we all just get on? Is that what we all really need right now? The energy in here seems to be one of rage, anger, quoting rules and the need for the community to be policed!
In the space of the 48 hours that I have been back active here in the community, I have read a blog about blogs being removed due to bullying, a blog about feeling that they have nothing to contribute, and now I have felt upset enough to just check out and remove a comment.
I appreciate there is a global pandemic going on. Most of us are now isolated and in some kind of quarantine and that is stressful.
I understand some people come on to vent and rage, others come here to blog about toilet roll shortage, their dogs, cars, or take on life. Many come here to offer updates on progress, helpful tips, training, and of course cold hard facts on affiliate marketing. All is fine with me. I love reading it all. I love our diversity and individuality. What I loved most of all was the sense of welcoming community spirit. The tolerance to allow inexperienced writers to practice their blogging skills, even if that is about a walk on a beach or that their website has had its first visitor.
Maybe it is time for this community to be 'policed' by independent administrators? It is a real shame. I hope not, I am a true believer in freedom of speech, but the alternative of equal members riding in like Sheriffs policing others and enforcing what they believe are 'the rules' is just not acceptable either. I have never got any impression that the creators prohibit us from writing about anything other than religion and politics?
For now, at this already difficult time, I offer this... Please just write your blogs NO DISCLAIMERS. We all have a choice whether we open and read a blog. If you want 'business', read business, go to the training section, follow those who write those kind of blogs.If you want social connection, read and connect on the social posts, simples.
The months I was just allowed to blog here about anything, have contributed no end to the development of the writing for my two websites. Let's not make people feel they have nothing to offer or write about if they have no expertise or milestones yet, as every single member has themselves to offer, their own personal, wonderful point of view on this crazy world.
Let's welcome and encourage and embrace every member, and allow them to come to this community with respect and the ability to learn in the open supportive community that I experienced when joining a year ago.
I offer nothing but Love