I’m a little upset.
It’s been awhile since I posted directly here, but that’s simply because I love to use my WordPress to promote *others* works along with my works that share via other websites, like ColumbiaFAVS//ThePaganHousehold.com//Daughters of Eve, etc etc. But I felt it necessary, after an occurence that happened today to post directly — in order to clarify some things.
…I would *Never* reblog in order to post off someone else’s work as my own. I consider reblogging a way to share precious information from reliable sources in the Pagan community — because there are so many pagans of all creeds that I know personally, that have no idea the outlets available to them. Being one of these persons, who is trapped in the bible belt of America with little-to-no outlet — when I find a reliable source of thought-provoking information, I become ecstatic with joy and the need to share that information with my peers.
Today, someone I had really respected as an author got snappy with me over a few reblogs – as I was in the middle of a reblog ORGY, i hadn’t even noticed their comments until I’d finished my session.
While my apology is heartfelt for the misunderstanding (they asked me somewhat vehemently not to reblog without their permission, then proceeded to threaten me as I hadn’t seen any of their comments yet but had reblogged several pieces) — I find it very odd that their posts aren’t set to private, nor is the option of password-protect enabled? If you didn’t want your posts shared or enjoyed mutually via other sites or means — why even blog them openly? Why not make your blog private, or by invite only?
Perhaps it’s just hard for someone like me, who lives their life WAY out loud with my freak-flag flying nonstop, to understand someone who’s *that* secretive or possessive.
As a solitary, I can understand the need to keep your gods and your practices or worship of them, to yourself. I guess I just don’t understand, as a Pagan or a person, why one would get their hackles rose in such an immediate way when someone is only trying to honor their words and relay their respect of them by sharing them with others?
I dunno. I guess what I have to understand is that not everyone is as free-spirited as me. Regardless of the person’s background or hangups, I don’t believe in being rude OR **threatening** someone all over some words on paper (or a keyboard!) It’s just not that serious.
In the end — I removed this person’s reblogs from my site; stopped following their blog and unliked their posts. I don’t need that kind of mojo in my mojito, so to speak.
To all the writers out there, on WordPress or otherwise whose works I’ve reblogged and shared — I just want you to know that when I’ve reblogged your works it’s because they’ve genuinely touched my heart in one way or the other. They’ve stirred something in my psyche or soul, or triggered an effect in my mind that has gotten me to think above and beyond about the world around me in one way or the other. And I thank you for the option to share that with others.
PS — if you would rather I did not reblog your works without your permission, please feel free to email me directly and I will most certainly stop. No need to threaten; out of respect I’m happy to comply.
I hope everyone’s week has gone well. I’ll be sharing some poetry soon….and get back to my own writing, after the first of the New Year!
Love and Light,