I came by looking for a post called “WAHMs: Make Sure the Ends Justifies the Means” that you wrote last summer about residual writers. I know it was there and now it’s gone. Several posts in that same discussion are gone too. I think what everyone says about you, that you change your tune to suit your sponsors is true. I don’t respect you anymore. Only people with something to hide delete blog posts.
I dare you to post this.
Signed some anonymous emailer
So I’m not posting this email because I was dared to, I’m posting it because this isn’t the first time I was asked about the “WAHM” post. I also deleted other blog posts having to do with that discussion. I didn’t delete them because of my affiliation with Demand Studios, though, and I didn’t delete them because I changed my mind. I deleted them because I hurt people’s feelings and I feel bad about it.
I don’t change my tune about how I feel about residual sites. Someone working for one month and only earning a quarter doesn’t sit right with me. However, I posted some forum entries and made a few judgment calls and that wasn’t very professional or nice. After reading blog posts and comments about the now famous “WAHM” post, I felt bad.I mentioned some time ago that. I mentioned it in another blog post but no one said anything so I didn’t think it was that major a point.
That’s what happens whenever I react in anger. I write things I regret. Yes, I delete blog posts. I delete them not because I changed my mind or way of thinking, but because I feel bad about how they made other people feel. It’s those blog posts and the reaction to them that made me take my vow of positivity for 2010.
You know what, though?
I meet a lot of people who remember that blog post. They didn’t see it as me helping them to understand a better way, they saw it as me talking down to them and posting parts of their forum discussion here for all to see. It wasn’t appreciated. I regret making them feel that way.
I have many blogging regrets and each one of them has to do with my reacting in anger at one thing or another.
I realize there are people who don’t respect me for this and a variety of other reasons. It is what it is. I don’t think it’s wrong to delete content. What’s wrong is to react in anger and treat people unfairly. So I’m making a conscious effort to not do that anymore.
Do you have any regrets as a blogger? Have you ever deleted a blog post? If so why? Have you ever regretted a blog post? Tell us about it.