So, today while browsing my sitemeter... I kept wondering why there were so many clicks coming in from twitter. I followed the link and was pretty shocked to discover that someone had posted about my blog.
Apparently the person was quite offended that I had used the name "em jay" since her very good friend has the same nickname. Then I found a whole thread of tweets about me being "unoriginal" (I had actually never seen the other emjay blog till now). I'm not saying that it is wrong to be offended or to post that opinion about me, because that is the great thing about this day and age. With blogging, and twitter, and facebook, etc-- everyone is entitled to their opinions. I'm also not posting this to point out the person, or to be mad, or upset.
I guess the reason I'm writing this is because I was pretty hurt, and a little bit disheartened by it. Especially since I feel I put my heart and soul into this blog sometimes. And I also try to be very aware of not copying or offending anyone (though sometimes I take inspiration from others...and credit them)... I have always felt so supported, and have been overjoyed to find such an open community of crafters and bloggers on the web... it really disenchanted me somewhat. I actually felt like it took the joy of blogging away a little for me and considered quitting.
But after some self-talk (yes, that's the therapist in me-- can't help it, it's my profession. and therapists need therapy too!) I decided that it's true everyone is entitled to their opinion and to share it-- it's a free country as they say. and really, you can't please everybody. This blog is exactly what it's title is--about me and my daughter emily jay (em jay). And my opinion is that there's nothing wrong with that. It's also wrong of me to overlook all of the other wonderful, good-hearted people out there doing their thing...and allowing me to do mine.
So, I guess in the end this turned out to be an appreciation post of some sort. as well as a "snap out of it Joanne, be a bit more understanding and accepting and...let it go" post.
I guess it goes to show... or prove that I am only human. We are all only human. I am letting it go...
Be back later with a bunch of ATC swaps I've been working on...
p.s. em jay has a fever, again. what is going on????