In which I exit stage left

For the last two-plus weeks I’ve really been struggling over whether or not to keep blogging. I’ve flip-flopped back and forth so many times, driving Dave, who has always been a staunch supporter of my blog, absolutely crazy.

I had a touch of blogger burnout and I just didn’t feel like blogging, and I got behind on blogs I read and couldn’t keep up. Blogging has always been fun for me, and it hit me kind of hard when I started feeling the opposite.

Last night I received an email from a fellow blogger alerting myself and several others that our site’s content was being stolen and used on another site for financial gain. In recent weeks I’d heard about this site and what it was doing with blog content but, as the old saying goes, ignorance is bliss.

I know jack about stuff like this and aside from shortening my feeds to summaries in Bloglines, I really didn’t pay much attention to it.

Until last night ….

Needless to say, I didn’t give permission for my content to be lifted and republished and when I discovered it was I felt sick to my stomach. It made me feel naïve and foolish for putting myself and my family “out there” like I have in the fourteen months that I’ve been blogging.

It made me feel very, very vulnerable and it sucked all the fun right out of blogging for me. After weeks of trying to decide whether or not I wanted to stop blogging, this pretty much sealed the deal for me. I made the decision last night to call it quits.

No doubt some of you might think that by stopping blogging, I’m letting the ‘sploggers’, as they’re called, win. I don’t feel that way. I’m not going to just lie down and take this – I may stop blogging but I’m going to fight to help ensure that this bullshit stops.

I’ve already started doing what I can to make my voice heard and you can too, even if you aren’t personally affected by this. Andrea over at Little Bald Doctors has written a very informative post about this subject and has gotten some great advice in her comments section on how you can go about protecting your blog content and what you can do to make your voice heard.

Blog Antagonist has also written excellent,informative posts on the subject and you can find even more information here and here.

I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your day to read and comment on my blog; I can’t put into words what that means to me.

This experience has been amazing for me – I’ve ‘met’ wonderful people, forged new friendships and have gotten steadfast advice and support along the way. To all of you, thank you. Thank you for reading and for sharing yourselves and your thoughts with me.

I plan on continuing to read and comment on blogs when I can, but maintaining my own blog is something I cannot do right now. The database for this blog will be turned off in a few days.