Tuesday, April 3, 2012

i made a decision

Today is about making decisions. I made some very serious ones since breakfast, and one of them was made just now. I have made the decision to no longer argue on this blog. I will not be responding to people looking for arguments or demanding answers to personal information. This blog is one woman's personal story, to work towards a creative and independent life. It will constantly be in a state of change and personal growth. It will go through periods of struggle, success, fear, joy, and goals hard set.

I welcome advice, conversation, helpful comments and criticisms. I even welcome all out anger if the comment or email comes from a person willing to share their email address and real name with the world as the person they are judging has. But I am not going to join in the fray anymore. It makes me sad, and tired, and makes me lose focus on my real goals.

This blog is watching one person trying to life the life she desires. I hope to do so honestly, and to encourage those people who share in similar dreams. That is all it is. I choose to stop arguing.

97 Comments:

OpenID azgrneyz said...

Good for you! Don't fall victim to that crap, the people that are just looking for a fight are simply jealous! Not worth the cells it took to think about them!
Go strong girl!

-Christee

April 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

I don't blame you one bit. A lot of blogs I follow seem to be having that kind of problem lately. People seem to want to have everything the way they think it should be. Didn't their parents teach them that the world is full of individuals, and that everyone isn't right all the time? I love following your blog, and seeing the things you do, don't change a thing! I live vicariously through you (until I can hopefully do it myself) Have a great day! Marianne

April 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger kathie said...

Amen! You go girl! You do and share so much,thank you!

April 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger kathie said...

Amen! You go girl! You do and share so much,thank you!

April 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Noël McNeil said...

I think you will be surprised how all the angry comments/emails will lessen when people realize that you are not going to give them the fight they are itching for. It takes the wind out of their sails. :)

April 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger bookkm said...

YAY!!!

April 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Smart Jenna is smart.

April 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Abbe said...

Good for you. You are a source of inspiration to me. Don't pay attention to haters.

April 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger NMPatricia said...

Yea for Jenna.

And, I love the pic.

April 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger els said...

yep sounds about right. Why should you waste your energy.
I really enjoy following your blog, so please continue.
El

April 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger e.m.b. said...

Good on you! Keep your eyes on your dreams, not the naysayers.

April 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger julronimo said...

Phew! Afraid your decision was to stop blogging, so glad it's not!

April 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger julronimo said...

Phew! Afraid your decision was to stop blogging, so glad it's not!

April 3, 2012 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

There will always be people who will disagree and argue with you on everything under the moon. The quicker you ignore them, the quicker you will have peace and as you said focus where you want it.

Glad to see you are getting stronger and more determined for your life.

April 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

Good for you Jenna, There will always be people who disagree with you, however you don't have to respond to anything they write. This is your blog - no one elses. Let them move on.

April 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...

Good for you Jenna! Life is to short to be taxed mentally by poo poo-ers. It's just not right for them to spew filth, hate, discontent and despair. There is no room for that in my life and glad to hear you've chosen walk with your head held high and not return fire, even politely. Carry on girl there's more goodness and encouragement ahead and after all that what the world needs more of anyway!

April 3, 2012 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger luckybunny said...

Agreed and I don't blame you. You don't need to waste any of your energy on that at all. I learned that lesson too. My blog is not as personal as yours, but I appreciate the story you share as a lot of people do, and I don't think you need to waste any time on the people who want to argue or have negative things to say - we appreciate you sharing your journey with us, and there are always going to be people who don't agree or don't like it - but to them I say, find something else to do without own life then!

April 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Blogs show such a limited view of anyone's life, none of us can really know the whole picture of what you're doing. I've long wondered how you handle the constant second-guessing and criticism that comes your way unasked every...single...day. Hope this decision lessens your stress! (I too was afraid the blog was gonna be no more--phew!)

April 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Val said...

As a wise woman, Eleanor Roosevelt, said:

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway."

Most of us just appreciate being along for the journey and getting inspiration. Thank you. Don't feed into those who are intimidated by your shining self :-)

April 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger becky3086 said...

I try to click away from anything I don't agree with in a blog. It doesn't always work but I do try, lol.

April 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Jenny Glen said...

I think it's weird that anyone would argue on your blog anyway. It's kinda introspective and you put it out there for people to read because they are living vicariously or they enjoy the way you write. Why would anyone read it if they disagreed with it? I guess some people are SURE that they are always right and they gotta make sure they tell you about it. Ooo. That sounds like me usually. hmmm. Well, maybe I do that to other people but not to you. I enjoy your pictures, writing and watching you grow into a self sustaining farmer. I wish I could come visit you when I'm in Cortland again this summer but I don't think I could get away from the clinics.

April 3, 2012 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger sco_oter said...

I must admit that my heart has ached for some of things people have said to you. Humanity has seemed to lose tact and respect. I don't understand people sometimes. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

April 3, 2012 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Good for you! Don't waste your energy!

April 3, 2012 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

Jenna,
Having a device (Computer)deliver
a message tends to embolden people,
and provides a sense of anonymity,
even when the messages cab be tracked to a sender.
They would never do this to someone
in person (where they live) so that
they could call law enforcement.
Stand 110% by your decision.
Really enjoy your blog so PLEASE do not stop being an INKSLINGER!
Ronnie A Very Happy X Seat Weaver.
http://www.chaircaningdirectory.com

April 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger famousthecat said...

Internet arguments are ridiculous anyway (although now I totally want to find who was pulling the snark out all over your blog!). I love reading your blog because when I grow up, I wanna be just like you. Nevermind that I'm probably, like, five years older or whatever. That doesn't matter.

April 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger famousthecat said...

Shoot, actually upon reading many of the comments I think you are referring to, I do agree with a lot of them. I want to be just like you when I grow up - except I think I want to do it without asking for monetary help from others as much as possible. And live within my means. No disrespect intended - to each their own!

April 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Jenna, Be Brave and Listen to your heart. Stay Strong!

April 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
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April 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

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April 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

Brava!

April 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Amanda I deleted you comment by accident!

April 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Stay strong! I love your blog! Thank you for sharing! Cindy

April 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hahahaha! It's perfectly okay. I'm having one of those days myself.

April 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I too, felt upset for you when I read some of those posts. Funny how no matter how much you tell yourself sometimes "don't let it get to you, this person is an angry person", it gets to you anyhow! You've tried many times to answer these posts positively, nicely and with reason... That's how you know some people just have issues- NOTHING you say works. Blast them!

Sounds like you have the perfect solution Jenna~

Can we still argue for you though? : )

April 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I figure it's your blog. You have the right to put on it what you want. You also have the right to remove comments you don't like, in fact you can even remove the ability to leave comments altogether. BC it's yours. That is you decision to make.

I also think that it is verra easy for people to leave comments on-line with no real consequence to themselves. No consequence except making someone else feel bad and of course, chaos .

It is impossible to always do the right or accepted thing. No matter what you do, it will not please everyone. So you have to please yourself.

April 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Midwestern Mom said...

I couldn't agree with you more. About this and about the smart phones. I have been in situations where I was waiting for my kids with other parents, they all had their faces stuck in their phones. Forget friendly conversation.

April 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Bravo for you! I also was worried you'd stop blogging; what a relief!

April 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

good plan!

April 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger E said...

Integrity is a good thing.
It's your life - live it as best you can.

April 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger melinamarie said...

I'm reading the secret life of water. It's really important to focus on the positive. Thanks for all you give.

April 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger DJ's Farmette said...

Thank you for putting yourself out there and setting yourself up for mean people to be nasty to you!! Thank you for being strong and deciding to keep blogging. Your book Made From Scratch has inspired my husband and i to be more self sufficient. We read your blog and find your trials and hardships encouraging. Encouraged to know we arent the only ones.

April 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger *jean* said...

i saw a great poster on a blog that said 'you don't need to attend every argument you are invited to' ...i have it hanging on my fridge....good for you, this is your space....and i always enjoy visiting here...i think you are very brave and courageous...

April 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger jonkatz said...

I think that is a good decision, one I have made myself, as you know. One of the challenges of blogging, I think, and of social media is to share life honestly but not to surrender it yo others.
Argument has become an American disease, in politics, media and online. My life is not an argument, nor are my beliefs.
Congratulations. The toothless ducks, peckerheads and midgets will go elsewhere if you own your own decisions. The big Henry David Thoreau idea.

April 3, 2012 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hi Jenna,
I may not always agree with the way you do things, but I'm sure you would feel the same way about me or anyone else if they opened up their lives for all to see. I respect and admire your determination to become a single woman farmer. I appreciate all of the knowledge and companionship this blog has given us all. If people don't like what you do, stop reading.. Why is that so hard to understand! I enjoy your blog so much and think you are a natural writer. If I could make one request it would be to have you share all aspects of your life like you used to, your a little Merlin obsessed right now, which I understand, but I miss all the other stuff so much. I would like to say blow people off that are mean and think they know it all but the truth is it bothers you because you are a compassionate person and that is a wonderful attribute to have! I may not comment very often but I do read every day!
Can't wait to see what your up to next!
xoxo
Michelle

April 3, 2012 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger CoffeeBreak Revolution said...

good for you Jenna.
Cheers,
Emily
www.bornluckystudios.com

April 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM  
OpenID outdoors1968 said...

Yep, folks are always looking to argue, judge and so on ..... on the net as well as in real life.

But we don't have to react.

Great decision, Jenna.

April 3, 2012 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Good for you Jenna.

Life really is too short to be wasting time with arguments. This is something I need to remind myself of daily!

April 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Maery Rose said...

I like your blog just because it is about a journey, the stuff that goes right and the stuff that may not. It's pretty much the way a life goes when you are exploring something you haven't done before or haven't done quite the way you're doing it now. Who says there is only one right way and that everyone has to do things the same? With a full time job and getting up in years, I know I can only go so far in trying to do everything myself. If I don't ask for help or (gasp) purchase some things instead of making them from scratch, I might as well give it up all together.

April 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Don't waste your wonderful energy on that which depletes you. Just stay focused on your goals and the needed steps to get there. Blessings!

April 3, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Many moons ago, when I used to keep a blog, I lived for comments like the "rancher"'s. But I love a good mental joust. Its seems like that person is convinced that in order to farm "right" you have to work yourself to death. Maybe the "rancher" should check out Ruth Stout on YouTube, she's a hoot.

To me, there is a difference between hard work that is enjoyable and the "work your ass off" hard work. It's a different kind of tired at the end of the day - for me anyways. In my opinion, if at the end of the day, one feels liked they "worked their ass off" - perhaps they are in the wrong line of work.

I've never donated money to the blog, not because I don't enjoy it, just because I don't have any money to give. I'm a barter person - I would prefer a good exchange of goods or services to a monetary transaction any day. I have offered suggestions when I think I may have something that will help and I've offered butchering services - that's the best I can do.

I've been living a life similar to Jenna's for most my 48 years but I still learn from this blog, pick up some tips or tricks I didn't know, and enjoy reading about someone going through a lot of the same things I go through. I don't read many farming blogs because they either boring (fed the pigs today) or too much fluff (I composted all my shopping bags from Macy's).

This blog I enjoy - if I didn't, I wouldn't read it. I say Give 'em hell Jenna.

April 3, 2012 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Love the pony! I always love fat, black ponies. When I worked at horse camp, Max flattened me several times. I later competed in hunt shows with Austin. Live your life and just move on. Love reading the blog...thank you.

April 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

CJ!

Email me and we can barter for all sorts of stuff, come to a workshop, antlerstock, I need help with some basic carpentry and putting together a kit greenhouse. I happily barter!

April 3, 2012 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Woot Woot! Good for you!!

April 3, 2012 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

Good for you Jenna! You are inspiration to me, and I don't want your blog to make you sad and tired. I look forward to reading it each day (even if I rarely post).

Because of your inspiration, I have spent the last two days of my spring break (I am a teacher) building a chicken coop for my six chickens. My urban farm is getting another raised bed and fruit trees this year too. Next year, bees and fiber rabbits.

Don't let trolls bring you down. Your blog is important to this stranger in Indiana.

April 3, 2012 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Yea Jenna ...don't wast your time on them ....

April 3, 2012 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Me From Maine said...

An excellent decision, to be sure! I never am able to understand how people even get into arguments on a blog! I guess manners and rules of proper behavior are things of the past? Anyway, I applaud your post today!

April 3, 2012 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

It seems strange to me that people seems so quick these days to comment negatively...almost like it's ok to bully. My brothers feel that it's ok to make horrible comments on my life and the decisions that I make with my husband for our family. Although I completely disagree with some of the life decisions they make, I don't feel that it is my place to question his decisions. If I don't agree...I just agree to disagree. AS LONG AS NOONE IS GETTING HURT...then I would step in. Jenna, I've said it before, I'll say it again - there are SO many of us inspired by what you do...please don't stop blogging...but please stop letting listening to the BS :-)

April 3, 2012 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger macbew said...

Amen!!! Most days I don't have the energy to put up with the bullshit. And when I do have the energy, it's not for the bullshit.

April 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Diane Munson said...

You go girl - trot on and take the path that's right for you. And thanks for sharing your journey with us!

April 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Good for you! It's about time. I'm happy you've made this decision. I think you'll be happier for it. That junk just isn't worth the energy you could be using to pursue your dreams.

April 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Stormy said...

I think that is a good decision. Actually, I may be inclined to comment more often if I am not worried about getting involved in a more I depth discussion than I have the time or energy for.

I have been living the farm wife (I am the farmer) lifestyle for almost 40 years and there are times when I really wish I could share that bit o wisdom or that "have you considered the potential obstacles such as....." but I don't have the time or interest to get into a long drawn out discussion of how my experience has provided a differing perspective on things like the acquisition of a second horse, or the whole idea of letting your ponies ever run with your sheep...For now, I will just say "been there, done that and have the vet bills to prove it. It is some of those little tidbits of experience that I have felt reluctant to post because I don't want to be perceived as making a personal attack but rather just providing a different perspective.

April 3, 2012 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Stormy said...

I think that is a good decision. Actually, I may be inclined to comment more often if I am not worried about getting involved in a more I depth discussion than I have the time or energy for.

I have been living the farm wife (I am the farmer) lifestyle for almost 40 years and there are times when I really wish I could share that bit o wisdom or that "have you considered the potential obstacles such as....." but I don't have the time or interest to get into a long drawn out discussion of how my experience has provided a differing perspective on things like the acquisition of a second horse, or the whole idea of letting your ponies ever run with your sheep...For now, I will just say "been there, done that and have the vet bills to prove it. It is some of those little tidbits of experience that I have felt reluctant to post because I don't want to be perceived as making a personal attack but rather just providing a different perspective.

April 3, 2012 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Sometimes you just need to draw a line in the sand and say no more!

Grace and Peace,

John

April 3, 2012 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Heather Ann said...

I don't comment often, but I read every post. And I love your vulnerability and your writing ability to bring yourself and your struggles, triumphs and hopes to this blog in a way that leaves us pulling with you, and coming back because now we're emotionally invested! Just wanted to put in my vote, keep on in this same direction and don't give much heed to the nay say-ers, honestly - they are probably jealous that you have such support and booming business with the events and books you advertise here. I'm in your corner, or maybe your end of the barn...

April 3, 2012 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Ruth Dixon said...

Good for you... I'd be tempted to block them totally. What you write is yours to share with us, not for others to be rude and abusive. Hang in there.

April 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Good choice Jenna!!

April 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Jenna-
I echo the positive statments here. Through your books and the blog you have inspired me to stop dreaming of a farm and go get the farm (Closing on farm May 1st!) Take it from a veteran social worker who has "seen and heard it all", choosing not to argue is the mentally healthy thing to do. You are doing a fine job of farming and living.

April 3, 2012 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Good for you! I read everything you write and own all of your books but I almost, never comment or even read the comments because of the drama people are always hitting you with. It's your life, life it your way and don't let anyone knock you off course. Most of us love your blog and enjoy reading about your life.

April 3, 2012 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Good for you! I read everything you write and own all of your books but I almost, never comment or even read the comments because of the drama people are always hitting you with. It's your life, life it your way and don't let anyone knock you off course. Most of us love your blog and enjoy reading about your life.

April 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Roe said...

Hang in there Jenna!

April 4, 2012 at 1:21 AM  
Blogger Missa said...

You can't control other people's actions, you can only control your reactions. You have chosen wisely.

Keep dreaming and keep writing about your dreams. You have inspired so many, myself included.

April 4, 2012 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Thumbs up, to you Jenna. As usual, I am proud of your decision. What a great decision it is.

April 4, 2012 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Also, I am with Ruth Dixon......... BLOCK!

April 4, 2012 at 2:28 AM  
Blogger Coco said...

There´s a difference between trying to understand someone else´s choices and looking for an opportunity to criticize. You can´t change someone´s world view when it´s so different from your own and you´ll never justify your own to them.

So, simply leave them in your wake and please keep inviting us back to share in your joys and setbacks. Thank you for that.

April 4, 2012 at 3:55 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

Go girl.

April 4, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

Good decision. I just took the time and went back to read all those nasty remarks. Disturbing at best, if they are actually in their stated occupations.

I think as we age, we grow a thick skin that allows us to make and stand with our own decisions and paths in life, as well as admitting our mistakes and failures. Opinions from outsiders are simply that. Opinions. Rude remarks and lurid questions regarding personal information are crass and immature from individuals who are small and jealous.

It never ceases to amaze me that grown people can stoop to the level of junior high bullies and snots.

Onward, Jenna.

April 4, 2012 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

I am so glad I missed out on the recent wave of negativity. I just don't have the energy for it.

Blessings Jenna for deciding to walk above it all. Your writing raises my energy.

April 4, 2012 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Good girl for realizing what it is and the time suck as well as mental conversations with people who just want to bitch. A lesson I am still learning daily. It is SO good to have that motto and repeat it over and over. You make us all inspire to be more authentic. Blessings, Sonya

April 4, 2012 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger MIB said...

Glad to hear that you've decided to not try to justify yourself to people who are convinced that they know better than you do how you should be living your life. There have been times when the decisions you've made were not the decisions I would make, but you know what? It's not my life. I may feel like it's very similar to my life (office job, breeding sheep, etc.), but SIMILAR is not THE SAME. Therefore, I feel like it's not my place to judge, especially since I know that there are pieces of the puzzle that we can't see. I can choose to give financial support (as I did when you were buying the farm) or not (as with Merlin), but that's the extent of it.

Anyway, I'm happy to hear that you'll keep blogging and that you're sticking to your guns on removing negative comments from people who aren't being upfront about who they are. Some people seem to think that anything on the internet is one big, free soapbox for them, but this is YOUR SPACE that you've invited us into, and I think there's nothing wrong with letting people know the rules and enforcing them.

Rock on.

April 4, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger feathers217 said...

Great choice Jenna.... I have ommitted negativity from my everyday life & once I grasp the reality of simple living without it , my life has grown & shines brightly everday.Seems being negative is an illness that some can't live without , but I can surely live without the ones that caress it !

April 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I rarely click over from Google Reader to read the comments. I love reading your blog but the comments just wear me out.
- tammyb

April 4, 2012 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

You go girl! You are right!

April 4, 2012 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

Go Jenna! Don't let the bastards get you down! I wish I had half of your strength, determination and hootzpah! I don't usually read the comments - so have thankfully missed all the drama. I can't tell you how much I look forward to reading your blog every week. I wish we lived closer to each other (I'm in Chicago) because I would love to bring my kids out to your farm and give you a hand. Or maybe we'd put the kids in charge of the chores and I would take you out for a beer or two!

April 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Jim Cobb said...

Jenna, don't change a thing. You will never please everyone, just try to please yourself. The rest will fall in line. I never saw a blog until yours. I would have never seen this one if your pictures & article in Mother Earth News had not caught my attention. Now thanks to you and a movie my wife talked me into watching, I'm trying to write a blog too. Keep up the good work! I've basically lived as you do for 47 years, but I learn new tricks from you almost daily. Damn the torpedoes!! Full speed ahead!!!

April 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

C'mon, do we really need to resort to name calling?

April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

C'mon, do we really need to resort to name calling?

April 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Rachel C said...

Jenna, I wish you would continue to respond to negative comments and criticism. Occasionally, a naysayer will have a good point. I like when you respond because I like to understand your reasoning. To someone who finds you an inspiration or even a role model, seeing how you respond to criticism helps them change their own (negative) ways of thinking.

April 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Blue Dragon Arts said...

I agree with you, who needs it. I also find that the angry don't really seem to want reasons, they want to vent and you're the winner of their ire. I find it best not to respond and not to take it personally. You do a great job here and I enjoy reading about the life you are trying to creat. Keep it up!

April 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

rachel, that is a good point. I think me standing up or explaining my point is enough. I will retort on occasion, but not bicker back and forth.

April 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Bella said...

I agree, Katiegirl. Thanks for illustrating an important point: some posters can throw names like "p*ckerhead" and "b*astards" and be blessed, and why did Katz feel the need to throw "midget" in the mix is beyond me.

April 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Big Sky Chicken Ranch and Victory Garden said...

Hooray! Honestly, I'm a little too sensitive, and the negative comments were freaking me out, even though it's not even my blog! .Great decision to cut down on the clutter and focus on the positive vibration. I've reluctantly started blogging, and am still super-shy about it. It's inspring to watch you take charge and set some boundaries.

April 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

Honestly, if the only comments allowed are fawning adoration, I think the blog would be better off without any comments. You have oft times written that this is "everyone's farm" and donations are there to support that concept. So, if you purport that this is everyone's farm, why shouldn't those who do donate, or have, have a say in what you do? I believe you can't have it both ways, and the evolution of the blog will suss that out.... Maybe not, but human nature tells me otherwise. Again, just do what you want with your own life, but know that those who have invested in your farm will want a say.

April 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Amen! You go girl! There are more of us out here that love you than you even know. XXOO Susan

April 5, 2012 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger joenkate said...

You are totally awesome :)

April 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Good for you, Jenna! Great decision and I know you won't regret it one iota.

April 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
OpenID ruralaspirations said...

Good for you, Jenna. The anonymity of the Internet makes the old adage even more true "It's not about you, it's about them". People will vent and rant and in the end it's their own issues they are grappling with. Your issues are just an excuse for them to deflect.

Stay strong!

April 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Michael Smith said...

I DISAGREE!

:)

--Mike

April 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM  

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