There was a TON of drama around my two last posts. Some people loved them. Some people hated them. Some agreed and some disagreed.
Some people really freaked out, there were even comments posted under aliases (reverse email look up is VERY easy). It got to the point I didn’t even trust the comments coming in because I couldn’t be sure if they were even from “real” people anymore.
None of it was worth the drama when virtually every other experience connected to my blog and my friends online has been so positive. I’ve deleted both posts permanently.
A note from my friend Sue (a nice, long and thoughtful one, I might add) made me realize that my posts weren’t really accomplishing anything productive and could be alienating people I care about. They were entertaining and thought provoking to some, offensive to others and, apparently, made some others feel bad.
I try my very best over here to talk about things that not everyone talks about, stimulate thinking and discussion, think outside the box and challenge everyone (including myself) to embrace new ideas and discard outdated thinking. I take risks in my thinking and I take risks in my writing. I took a risk when I wrote the original “Is Strong the New Skinny” post and that ended up making a big difference to a lot of people. Once in a while, I take a risk that blows up in my face. This is apparently one of those times...
And, yes, I realize if writing is misunderstood it’s the fault of the author. Since some “got it” and some didn’t, I think the issue was more that there are some diverse feelings around the topic depending where you stand.
I really do care about the community around me and I really do love the people who read my blog. There was a very small handful of people who handled things EXTREMELY immaturely and I’m explicitly leaving them OUT of the following apology…
To all the rest of my friends, I’m very sorry. I’ve written a lot of inspirational posts, a lot of rants and a lot of training posts. You’ve all been incredible and generous in the positive feedback you’ve given and in reading and sharing what I write. I can’t hit a home run every time and this time I surely did not. I’m sorry.