Question, from Anonymous: “Though you often [don’t you mean ‘always,‘ Anonymous?] speak entertainingly, with typically appropriate grammar, almost always correctly spelled, sometimes you do speak unkindly. Likely the reason the Mayberry story was never reposted.
My question is this; did someone close to you ask for it’s removal, or was it your own conscience..moment of clarity…some kind of personal improvement, that has never brought it back, in spite of the pleading voices of so many?”
Answer, from me: This is an interesting question, and obviously written by a long-time reader of AoOL. For anybody new here, I’ll give a brief history: I wrote a post earlier this year. It was an opinionated essay about a topic which was not directly related to me. Some people thought it was none of my business and that I had no right to write what I did. I made some people mad. And when I was confronted, I found myself wussing out like a child in trouble, rather than standing up for myself and my opinions (which were, incidentally, totally warranted and right [hey, it’s my blog!]). After the minor confrontation, I was prevailed upon to delete the post known as “Mayberry.” Hurt feelings and all that. Since I am such a passive-aggressive person when it comes to confrontation (hello! I write a blog! It’s how I vent my frustrations with society with little chance of negative repercussions!), I removed the published post. [And also, I’m a coward.]
I instantly regretted taking it off my blog. Because I should have principles, and besides, I’m rarely wrong. I should have just said, “I’m sorry you have let your feelings become hurt. You misunderstood my words so badly, there is no way you could possibly understand what I actually meant by them. But I meant no ill, and I make a point of never apologising for things I write. Ciao.” Good thing I have had months to re-think it, because if it ever happens again…well…
Anyway, not realizing that Blogger would fully delete the well-written and profoundly “me” (if I do say so myself) post, I mourned its loss immensely. But it was too late—Mayberry was gone forever.
So, Anonymous, you ask if there has been any huge personal improvement? The answer is no—I’m as good as I’ll ever be. To tell you the truth, if I had a backup of the controversial post in my email inbox, I would almost surely re-post it here for all the world to see. As the lyrics of a popular song go, “I’m not mean—people are just too sensitive.” (But I would never say that to someone’s face, because hello! Chicken!)