Well, if you are wondering why I am sitting here covered in mud, it's because I have taken a few blows over the past couple days here in the blogosphere. All in the spirit of "friendly banter" according to Circle of Moms, coming from my kitchen, the mud slinging in my direction is far from friendly.
But you know what? That's okay. Chalk it up to my inexperience in this entire blogging world. What I once felt was a safe medium to simply share stories of how God has blessed my family, I've learned that just because you compose something here online doesn't mean you will be completely understood. After all, these are only words. As much as I try to attempt to give a picture of my personality, the reader sitting on the other side of my lap top, never personally meeting me or really knowing anything about my character or background, can draw any conclusion they choose. This is a tough lesson learned.
Very much a "Polly Anna", my naivety often gets me in trouble. Conflict is not something I enjoy. In my excitement in discovering some interesting sites (including contact from really popular moms), my eagerness to respond and be involved was completely mistaken as "backhanded compliments". I am embarrassed to say that I had to look that up, so please don't tell anyone.
Quickly, my comments were mistaken, words were twisted, and I was being verbally attacked with not only name calling but also spiteful religous persecution violating my civil rights. So, you know what? In the words of Taylor Swift, "why do you gotta be so mean?"
It was my mistake thinking I could be a part of this crazy Top 25 thing, competing with nationally recognized sites among experienced bloggers. Please don't stop by my site to harass me and throw more mud my way. In the meantime, I will continue to visit and admire the creativity and construction of other blog sites. We don't need to agree on everything, but we should at least be civil. And whether you believe me or not, I once thought this was a medium to meet other moms and make new friends online. Now, it doesn't feel like such a safe place to do that anymore. How ironic is it, that of all places, a contest called the Top 25 Faith Mom Blogs would have so many willing to be blatantly unkind.
"But I say to you, love and bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you..."