This is going to be the hardest post for me to write. Even harder to hit publish.
Last week, I posted a story. It was a love story about a man and a woman who met on WordPress. I tagged the story as fiction, and fiction it was. Many of you assumed the story to be true. Many of you said so in the comments. I tried to explain this to the first couple of commenters that the post was nothing more than a story, but after that I grew tired of repeating myself so I just went with the flow and acted like the two characters I had written about were both friends of mine who were heartbroken and bereft.
Though the story was fiction, it was in fact based on a post I had read recently about an internet relationship. I used some of the key facts from that post in my story without acknowledging the source or without the author’s permission. A couple of readers pointed out to me that they had also read the other post and the gravity of what I had done smacked me full-on in the face. I have since removed the post and sent an apology to the author of the original post, and I hope the author accepts it. What I did was foolish, inconsiderate, stupid, ignorant, moronic, and a plethora of other synonyms for one who lacks intelligence.
This blunder is but a continuation of a string of decisions I’ve made that have blown up in my face in the past few months. I thought long and hard about it this morning, and while doing so another decision blew up on my face and all I was doing was providing assistance to a friend who asked for it. So it is with regret that I have decided that I’m at the very least going to take a healthy break from blogging. I don’t know for how long and I don’t know if I’ll even come back. I assume I will as I love blogging but lately it hasn’t been fun and has been more of a hassle. I may even decide to start completely over with a new identity. I may start over on another platform. I haven’t decided yet.
What I do know is that my actions recently have hurt a lot of people, myself chief among them. I leave this blog in the capable hands of Revis and Jaded for now. In all likelihood I’ll return, but no promises. I will stay in contact with those of you who I’ve befriended outside of WP. You guys are true heroes to me.
To the author of the post from which I basically plagiarized, I hope you accept my apology and can find it in your heart to forgive me. I wasn’t thinking. At all.