But this blog belongs to me, I lay it out the way I want, I write the content that I want, I choose the background that I want --- It is mine.
In the last few months I've been questioned by people who are "upset" or “disappointed” that they are not in my blog links anymore, or people asking if I would PUT them in my side bar to drive up their traffic. And then if I remove them ---they get upset.
My links in my own side bar were put there for my own use, and ease of finding who I was reading. They have always rotated --- nothing stays the same.
If someone up the street painted their house blue and you didn’t like it --- would you send them an email, or write in a public forum demanding they “PUT IT BACK!” the way it was? I’m amazed at what some people will send out by email.
Just because we have the freedom TO say it --- does that mean we SHOULD send it?
I once got a complaint from a reader who was upset that my feed in google reader was a partial feed ---and she said she wanted me to put it back, explaining to me in kindergarten terms so I would understand – how to reset it. Turns out she was following 200 quilt blogs and wanted them ALL in full format in google reader so that she didn’t have to click a link to open a new window.
200 quilt blogs --- who has time to quilt if you are reading 200 quilt blogs daily in full format? This is all fine for her, but what is not fine is telling ME what I should do with my own blog feed.
Who I follow is my business. Being included in my side bar, added or removed from my side bar does not mean that I don’t like you, or like someone better. Since yesterday I’ve gotten emails DEMANDING that I put things back “THE WAY THEY WERE”.
It's WEIRD!! And creepy ---and so I made a decision to put all the people that I follow into my personal google reader and not have a "daily reads" section anymore. I can’t add EVERYONE, and I don’t like hurting people if I remove someone.
It is unreasonable for me to be the keeper of your bookmarks. That isn’t a job I signed up for. Things change. Please be responsible for your own bookmarks. It is better that way.
I have a lady who just un-enrolled from a class I am teaching in Florida because I couldn't give her the count number of pieces for each shape and which accuquilt die she needed to cut them. I told her that was not the focus of the class, that she was to come to class with 2.5" strips, and the rulers ---- and she lambasted me and said she is no longer a fan because I wouldn't give her what she wanted when she wanted it -- (I don't have that info for the quilt with me in my head?...I"m in California and was replying to her as quickly as I could by cell phone during class-- HELLO!??)
So that's what's going on here.If I decide to clean house and rearrange my blog, it’s for my own reasons. If you didn’t bookmark things for yourself – I can’t be responsible for that. I need less stress not more. If there is someone you are looking for – google them. They are easy to find.
The only thing keeping me calm is being far enough away ---- and experiencing such beauty as this, walking Laguna Beach at Sunset ----