Claims Of Big Britches Make Me Post Big Bitches

Chaos Noir writes about the recent Violet Blue “blog-troversy” in which BoingBoing removed/unpublished/deleted posts of Ms Blue’s. Chaos Noir wrote:

If Boing Boing avoid addressing the issue in detail, then they’re reminiscent of big corporations that skillfully reroute questions. Is it a surprise? Why do blogs/bloggers mutate this way? Is it a numbers game (visits/traffic and the advertising dollar?). One possibility may relate to adult content (as a subject), then again I’m not one to say because the content is no longer there. Many mainstream (ie large) advertisers are conservative. But even so, extending the courtesy and informing the individual would be the right way to go (prior to the mass deletion/modification, something like ‘apologies but we’ve had to modify our content for x and y reason.’ Boing Boing’s view:

Bottom line is that those posts (not “more than 100 posts,” as erroneously claimed elsewhere) were removed from public view a year ago. Violet behaved in a way that made us reconsider whether we wanted to lend her any credibility or associate with her.

It’s surprising really, because they’re referring to a successful writer and editor. So it seems that this is more a personal than professional matter.

The bigger the blog, the more convoluted the explanation, and that’s how it goes in big business.

I just don’t get it, really.

The way I see it, blogs & websites are like homes; we have the right to let in who we want to & to manage what is said in our home. Whatever the reason. Simply because we are more public/visible or have more square footage (traffic) doesn’t negate the fact that we’re responsible for what goes on there (it actually makes the responsibility larger). And we have to ‘live’ here. Our comfort matters, doesn’t it?

I don’t want anyone dictating to me who & what appears here, in ads, links or posts. (And I do hear about it :sigh: but I no longer face an identity crisis.) And once it has appeared here, I could change my mind…

We shouldn’t have to explain what goes on in our homes, our decisions etc. unless some sort of crime has been committed, but even so, in this “age of transparency”, Boing Boing did discuss it (more than once). Why isn’t that just that?

Why should I or anyone else feel entitled to know what another blogger or webmaster does with their site? Would Ms. Blue &/or the readers have liked a notice or something? I suppose so. But then again, maybe a public notice would be inappropriate. Since we don’t know the particulars, how can we know it wouldn’t be? Any guesses are just that, guesses; and gossip.

There’s a lot of talk about the “fame” component, as if the popularity of Boing Boing requires them to be held to a different standard than anyone else… I don’t even fully understand that train of thought. Maybe they’re held to some “role model” status. But if so, then isn’t just sticking to your personal values and being responsible for your own comfort level something to admire?

But what do I know… I’m just a blogger who, for the most part, talks in her posts and rarely converses in the blogosphere. Maybe I just don’t know the etiquette. (However, this is just the sort of stuff which makes me eschew the whole “I’m a part of the social blogging community” thing; I just don’t want to play those games.) And I likely won’t ever have to worry about such fame either.

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