"I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be behind me."~ German composer MAX REGER
Ladies and gentlemen, I come before you amazed! It is 4:10 AM here in beautiful El Cajon, and I have arisen after something less than two hours sleep, the events of yesterday evening still ringing in my brain. All of you who have been gracious enough to follow my ramblings have heard me tout the virtues of Writing-dot-com, where I have been a member for the last thirteen months, as the be-all and end-all for writers. Yesterday evening, then, imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail telling me that my blog, Riding the Blimp, had arbitrarily had its rating raised to Adults Only for strong and inappropriate language.
A total of twenty violations were listed, and a number of them I completely agree with. It isn't hard over the life of a blog to stray from your original vision, and I take full responsibility. However... "Ladies of the Evening" was listed as inappropriate as it is a euphemism meaning prostitutes. Except in this case, when it was used as a book title referring to the witches in the story; if you're going to censor my work, WdC, the least you can do is read it! They take exceptional exception to any mention of violence, citing three different forms of the word "murder," all of which were used in a discussion of the Craft concerning how to treat the "murderer" in different forms of crime and mystery stories. Again, context. Also cited was the phrase "punch them in the snout," which may have been a legitimate citation had it been for cringe-worthy comic description.
But the one that they found the most offensive, which is my own assumption based on the fact that it was the only one they cited multiple times, was the word "stupid." Apparently, the word they consider most egregious and damaging to the psyche of a minor is one that peppers my ten-year old grandson's speech like sprinkles on a donut. You know, after spending fifty years of my life working first in, and then for, the Navy, I thought I knew what strong and inappropriate language sounded like, but apparently I was wrong!
So, in an era when you can't let a child watch the president make a speech because you never know when he's going to start bragging on the size of his dick or how many women he's grabbed by the pussy, I'm not about to be held responsible for bringing about the downfall of America's youth. The first step in my campaign to save the children will be to find a new home for my writing activities. I have a WordPress account that I've had for a couple of years and never done anything with, so that will be my first stop, to see if I can configure that to do what I need. I'll let you know how it goes by adding it to this post, but whether that works or I have to try something else, I've closed most of my WdC items, and flagged the rest as Adults Only; better safe than sorry!. I never used WordPress because I found it to be very user-unfriendly, but necessity is the mother of invention. Sorry, can I say mother? A woman being a mother implies that she may have engaged in sexual activity at some point in the past, and we wouldn't want that picture placed in any impressionable young minds!
Okay, and I'm going to let that do it for this week's entry, a necessity, as I can't think about anything else right now. My plan is to use this blog to interact with friends, and WordPress (or whatever else I might have to go to) to publicize my writing, in other words, WdC will be replaced by WordPress, and everything will continue from there. Sorry, but citing "stupid" is about the stupidest thing I've heard in a while. My mommy died in 1998, twenty years ago, and I haven't even interviewed for a replacement. One of the things she taught me was never to hang around where I'm not wanted, so I'm off to find some new digs. Keep an eye on this site if you're interested; I'll keep you posted.
Talk to you soon,
UPDATE: I'm building my new presence at https://blimprider.wordpress.com. I'll be assembling details over the next week or so, but it's ready to read!