Greetings fellow bloggers! As you know, I have been blocked from engaging with other bloggers for about six months now. Several times since, I have tried to politely negotiate with the overlords of Automattic and WordPress to no avail. I even asked if this was temporary and still got no answer until now.
Before I go on, know that I’m deeply sorry this has happened and that I would like, follow, and engage with your posts if I could. It’s getting to the point that sometimes, I can post comments, but sometimes I’m unable to. And I’m truly sorry for that.
Today, after my last attempt to negotiate with Automattic, I was informed that the block was permanent, as you have read above. They finally gave me my answer. And I think they gave it to me out of emotion because from the tone of this email. I think they were quite pissed that I wouldn’t shut up about it. However, I had right to know how long they intended to restrict this blog.
Also, they threatened to block me from support if I contacted them again. They stated that they did not want to hear from me again, for anything.
Therefore, on March 7, of next year, I will either move to another blog platform, have my own domain and website set up, or go back to the free version of WP. I refuse to pay 308.00 to these people, just to be restricted. When I pay for a platform, I want my money’s worth and I expect to get it.
I do believe that, back in May, though unintentionally, I angered someone at WordPress. Maybe they didn’t like a blog post, maybe they didn’t like the fact that I was giving advice on bullying because people who give advice to targets of bullying have been attacked online for the past year or two. Certain groups do not like the fact that we’re empowering targets.
Nevertheless, I let them know that I would not be bullied by them any longer and basically told them that they could take this platform and shove it. This may get me de-platformed, but at this juncture, I could care less. I only hope that none of you get caught in their line of fire, as the last six months have been discouraging to say the least.
Know that I love you all and that if they decide to get butt-hurt over my response to them and retaliate, they will only show their true colors and how little they value their paying customers. Because if they can restrict me, they can also do the same to any one of you.
However, what they fail to realize is that without us, there wouldn’t be an Automattic or a WorPress. They would be up a creek.
And if they remove this site, I will miss you all. But I will set up another site somewhere else. So, this is not goodbye.
With love always,