The Inklings of Life is MY blog. It is a place where I can vent, express my opinions, share my advice and my life stories. I stand behind every single article I have posted, and every word of every article. I don't expect everyone to agree with everything I have to say. That's what makes life so interesting- diversity. But, if you have ventured onto my blog looking to berate me or my readers, then keep on clicking- that behavior is not tolerated here. If my blog is not for you, then simply move on and find one better suited for you. I can tell you now, I won't lose sleep over the fact that you aren't here. The people who understand my words, and appreciate what I have to say, even if they don't always agree with me, are the ones who are meant to be here, and it's those people who I will continue to write to, continue to entertain, continue to respect, and continue to protect.
All comments on any post older than 2 weeks are moderated on my site. It's not just one particular article, despite what many people who happen upon my blog think. This is to keep spammers in check. If your comment is respectful of me, my readers and my blog, even if the opinion differs from mine, it will be approved. 99% of the time, 'Anonymous' comments are simply deleted. If you can't stand behind your comment on my post, then why would I include your comment on my post? But I will say that I don't spend my time sitting around, waiting for comments to moderate; I do have a life. So, if your comment doesn't make it through immediately, it's probably because I'm spending time with my family, or promoting my book, or extreme couponing, or enjoying a cup of coffee with friends.
For those who have been with me for the last 3 years (or 2 years, or 1 year, or 1 week, but you feel at home here), thank you. You all have become a family for me, and have helped me create a space where I am comfortable sharing my thoughts, my goals, my downfalls, my insecurities, and a place where you can share your own, through comments on my posts, or by emailing me directly.
For those who want to leave comments berating me or calling me names, I have to wonder where your time would be better spent, because, as far as I'm concerned:
No one has a gun held to your head, demanding you read my blog. No one is telling you to take time out of your busy life to tell me that I'm a *%#^&@%^&$%#. And to be quite honest, no one who reads this blog
on a regular basis, will care what you have to say. So, if your opinion of me or my writing is that strong, then by all means, start your own blog and share your opinion there.
I will continue to post articles that are written from my heart, no matter what the topic. Through all of the strife caused by one particular article I wrote over a year ago, I have received great advice from many family members and friends. My favorites have been:
If you pissed someone off with your writing, then you must have done something right.
No publicity is bad publicity.
and the one I have taken to heart the most:
For every person who disagrees with what you say, there is another person there who appreciates the fact that you said it, and will not only continue to read your blog, but share it with their friends. The haters will go away and find something else to hate, but the people who are meant to find you, will, and they'll be happy to stay.
This is why I write- to help make sense of the chaotic world around me, and inside of me, and to help find others going through the same thing. And this is exactly why I will continue to write.
Thank you again to those who support Inklings, and me. It is because of you that Inklings grows each day, that people find a home here, and that I continue to have the guts to say what most people won't.