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NOTE: This post is NOT intended to upset/offend/irritate/etc. any one. I'm just expressing my feelings. It is MY blog after all :)
A few weeks ago I wrote a post on my "view" of the affiliate "craze" that's running rampant through the book blogging community. My hope was to glean information from this post so that when I saw "affiliate" related links in my google reader it wouldn't upset/frustrate me as much as it had been up to that point. I simply did not understand the process....Why it had to be so "difficult" and "cliquey." So I posted my post and I got a lot of feedback both from people who have affiliates and those who don't. What I did NOT intend to do when I posted this post was to upset/offend/trash anyone who had or has affiliates. I was just trying to learn.
Natalie from Mindful Musings wrote this post and pretty much explained a LOT of my questions in it. Which I think was really awesome of her to do. From what I can see (and I may be offbase here) she took a subject that a lot of people had questions about and saw it as a way to educate not only myself but others as well about the process. And I think a lot of people who read that post learned a lot from it. I know I did.
But then I came across this post over at Book Crazy and I felt really bad because I felt that I was the cause of this particular post. That is a pretty much the crappiest feeling in the world. Seeing someone take something that you wrote as a way to learn more about a process personally. So here I am feeling responsible for hurting someone unintentionally by asking the "hard" questions about a process.
Then it all sort of died down a little bit for a couple of weeks and then this morning while I was going through my google reader....The subject reared it's "ugly head" again. I found this post, which is really about getting affiliate related material out there to the book blogosphere and not so much about the process. But here I am feeling responsible again because the second paragraph of this post brings up the other two posts that I've already talked about. "Defending the trend," but because Natalie wrote her post, answered my questions and linked back to my post and Jen at Book Crazy used information that I voiced as "concerns" in my original post, then I am feeling that Natalie and Jen are "defending the trend" against a big ole blogger bully...Little ole ME.
Personally, as of this post I am DONE feeling responsible. Right now at this very minute I feel that I have a big ole bulls eye painted on my blog because I asked the "hard" questions and because there were some who took the way I happen to learn things (I'm ADD and some think I'm a bit dyslexic too. So I tend to ask a lot of questions and prefer to see things in writing.) personally. For that I am sorry....That was NOT my intention. What I will NOT apologize for is asking those questions. You may or you may not have liked them but I felt at the time that I had a right (maybe that's not the right word but it's what I came up with at the time) to know the answers to those burning questions...To understand the process. Is that so wrong? I am done with those feelings. I just wanted to put that out there. I'm not looking to fan the flames....Personally, I wish the issue would sort of just go away....It's now a NON-issue for me why can't it be for others?