I think it’s actually very interesting how in the past 2 weeks on two separate blogs similar incidents have transpired. Both were personal blogs… one was expressing outrage on a local event that went against a lot of the person’s beliefs. The result was a comment very much insulting the person for what they expressed. Another case was an incident where someone, known for their frank and honest commentary, remarked on a recent blogging event. This also resulted in a commentary backlash.
Now it seems I find myself in a somewhat similar position. As most of you know, I have been writing my opinions on what has been happening on campus concering the construction of the highway access through the farm Alzamora. All who read my blog understand that this was written amongst my regular recipe sharing, restaurant reviews, as well as other life events. It wasn’t written as an official communication by way of my position on student council or the academic senate. It’s all been written as Ivy, the leafy bombshell, all from the personal point of view and those who frequent my blog on a regular basis can tell the difference. Especially when most of my beloved readers are located in other places of the world. I think the only person who frequents my blog from island and campus (as of yesterday, at least) is my gay hubby and he certainly doesn’t need to come here to know what I think on this subject and more.
It seems that there are a lot of people who can’t separate their personal opinions from that of their positions. Or rather, there also seems to be quite a few people who think they can further their positions by posting pictures of others, photoshopping them and writing sarcastic messages… or using personal blogs, wrongly translating and paraphrasing their content, and proceeding to send it to everyone and their momma. Honestly, what the heck is this world coming to?!
I find no reason whatsoever to apologize for what I have written. I have always been forthcoming about myself and I keep separate these aspects of my life. It just so happens that all the baking and crafting that usually fills my blog entries has been interrupted by this! If it were up to me, I’d be making cupcakes and calling it a day. Instead, I am stuck in meetings and coordinating things. It’s not fair to expect me not to make comment on here. I do believe that we are all queens/kings of our bloggerly domains and can do such. NEVER, and I do mean NEVER have I expressed that which I have written here to be the stance or the actions of student council or otherwise. I speak only for myself and my small group of friends (and yes! I do have friends and a life outside of my student leader obligations!) who do things with me. You’ll see them on my other entries, if any of the people who came to attack me bothered to read them. But they haven’t! They read about 2 entries and called it a day!
Why not read the one before this one where I lay it all out there?!
Why not make commentary about the others?!
Why suddenly pick a sentence and decide that that is all I have to say on the matter?!
SERIOUSLY! I have about 108 entries from about 3 months of blogging. Do they really think I would use 2 paragraphs to explain my position? I don’t think so! I’ve been leaving a trail of my opinion for some time now. Some of it before, during or after events as they have happened. On a whole, a lot provides information as I remember. Others just come up as I feel like talking about them. I don’t talk about each and every single meeting I have or what we discuss there. Heck, I don’t even think I’ve mentioned anyone from Student Council by name. So where do they get it that I’m explaining the tactics used to bypass the majority’s (ie the students’ and therefore making a mockery of the process in which I, the VP *I*, have to remain neutral) decision!? They must be reading someone else’s blogs because that doesn’t sound like me.
Perhaps it’s a language thing. I have written each and every single one of my entries in English. A lot is lost in translation. I am bilingual and I try to the best of my ability to express things in either language without losing the essence of what I am saying. Anyone who is fully bilingual or is a poliglot (someone who speaks several languages) knows how hard this is to do. However, this island is technically supposed to have both English and Spanish as it’s main language. A lot of people should understand English, however I will admit that I do speak/write with a certain eloquency. One of my favorite passtimes as a child was reading the thesaurus, no joke! So, it’s my natural tendency to use the word prosaic before I say boring, to say “incite to action” than say “talked so they’d come”.
Should I be at fault for the manner in which people decide to interpret my words?
Should I be blamed for being blunt?
For saying things on a blog that a lot of people think…
but don’t dare lay out there?
As it stands, there’s no way in heck I’m going to delete anything written, nor hide it away, nor try to soften anything I may write in the future. I do not feel that I need to be controlled nor taught a lesson. I simply wrote a few messages amongst all my other things; that seemed to have hit a sore spot. And, quite honestly, I bet this won’t be the last of it. There is no reason why I need to be fearful of what is said about me. I’m not running for reelection. This is it for me and, frankly, good riddance. It’s been a wonderful learning experience but the politics this island seems to have just isn’t for me.
However, I do plan to continue writing on my blog. I had a rough month but I managed to get caught up. As soon as I am able, I will be trying out some recipes that I’ve been aching to get to.
It just upsets me to think that people would stoop to such methods, ya know?
Perhaps it was just foolish of me to think better of people…