Sorry Kass, but.....

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I was not going to openly boycott Blogger Happy Hour because of Kassy's involvement in hosting the event, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like the right thing to do. I was not going to go anyways, but a stronger statement needs to be made. Velvet has been a great friend to a lot of us, and has always stuck up for us. When certain people felt attacked by Rob, Velvet stuck up for them. And what did she get in return? Those same people stabbed her in the back. I remember not too long ago when Rob made fun of some people (including myself), and emails went out all over the DC blogging community, calling for a "take down" of him. But who was one of the only people brave enough to comment as herself on his blog? Velvet. And now it seems the tables have turned. It turns out that Rob may not be the bad guy- just someone who stirs the pot a little. Recent events have opened a lot of our eyes, and we are seeing people for what they really are. And I, for one, can not support people who have reportedly made racist, sexist, and homophobic statements- among other things.

I realize that I can barely be called a blogger anymore- and I'm fine with that. I no longer feel the need for acceptance in this group. Like one commenter on Big Head DC said the other day- I am too happily entrenched in my relationship and career to worry too much about this silly blog- because that is what it is. I never planned for it to get as popular as it did, and when it happened, I realized that wasn't what I wanted. I had only wanted a creative outlet for all of the neurotic, ADD mess in my head. But I can't complain- I've made friends through this blog, and I even met one of the most important people in my life because of it. I am happy that people identified with me and enjoyed reading this. I loved all of the emails I have received. But, as always, the bad always comes with the good. I have tried to lead a drama-free life, and outside of this blog, I have succeeded.

I may still update once in a while, when the mood strikes. But for the most part, I think it's long past time to put this thing to rest. I hope that the friends I've made will still keep in touch, and I will probably still be reading certain blogs once in a while. Like I said, there may be updates every now and then- so don't write me off completely yet.

Take care everyone- it's been fun.


Velvet,  4/17/2007 10:03:00 AM  

Well done. Thank you. You are truly an amazing, loyal friend. Something many of these people know nothing about.

You, KassyK and I have been blamed for a lot by the way. A lot. This has become very eye-opening for me. Like peeling the onion...

Anonymous,  4/17/2007 10:07:00 AM  

Your post nicely summarizes my feelings about all of this. In the end, few can claim the moral high ground, and everyone is both the good guy and the bad guy.

One thing I believe strongly is this: It's no secret that Velvet has had safety/stalking concerns in the past. Posting her personal information online is more than a bitch slap -- it's a direct attack on her personal safety.

minijonb 4/17/2007 01:29:00 PM  

Wow... I'm not a local, so I've missed out on most of the drama. All I know is that "Boycott" is a really strong word that must match your feelings on this.

My old catch phrase was "Why should you care what other people think?" and my new one is "Don't Do It. Enjoy." you can take what you will from that.

I hope all is well for you away from all this blog nonsense. (And I use nonsense in a loving way) I'll drop you a txt sometime and see how you're doing.

David in DC 4/18/2007 12:48:00 PM  

I sure picked a bad time to start a blog in DC if I wanted to meet a "DC Blogger Community".

Probably just as well.

Thanks for being one of my original inspirations and cheerer-onners.

Your comments will always be welcome at DiDC. We're a juggernaut with a readership in the high single digits.

honeykbee 4/18/2007 03:18:00 PM  

What the what what?! NOOOOO!!!!

Golden Silence 4/19/2007 07:00:00 PM  

Dag! I'm sorry about what's been going on. People act like nuts on the Internet...using Net anonymity to hide like cowards!

If you feel it's best to stay offline, go for it. Real life is better than Internet life any day.

Best of luck to ya.

Beakerz 4/19/2007 07:35:00 PM  

I love Kass and I love Velvet, therefore I won't do one thing or the other.

I just don't get the drama of DCBlogs.

Hope you're taking care of yourself

Ricardo 4/28/2007 09:28:00 PM  

Follow your heart Ash. I'll miss the blog but I'm glad you're happy and in a great relationship.

All the best Ash.

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