Friday, July 22, 2005

End of a Blog

I don't want to stop blogging, but I fear the knitting blog has run it's course. As my mother said to me yesterday, I have a very strong way of expressing my convictions. For some reason this doesn't seem to translate well to a knitting blog.

I started blogging only because I wanted to join a group that required a blog – of course it was a knitting group. I never imagined how much I would enjoy it. Well, and also how annoying it would be.

I have talked to a few people about the latest blog issue I've been having, and even after listening very carefully I still do not understand why otherwise sane people would get so incredibly angry with me. About a book for children no less.

So I'm moving my blog. I'm not stopping, I'm not cutting people off, but I am moving. Mainly because I think "Phoenix Knitter" is a limiting title. You are all welcome to follow me over there as long as you are an adult (sorry Mary) and don't mind reading strong opinions that you may possibly disagree with every now and again. If you are easily offended or you just don't want to know what I really think, perhaps it's not the place for you.

So my new blog is going to be all about living in Phoenix. I am native Arizonan and have lived in New York and Northern California. Now I'm back and my little city-that-could is actually trying to become something, hopefully something great. Since I am never allowed to leave again (I think Jack's grandmothers would set up road blocks if we tried to move him out of the state), I am going to provide commentary on the changes impacting my permanent residence.

So thank you all for visiting Phoenix Knitter. I hope to see you at Phoenista sometime soon.


Blogger pleutim said...

I read the first few lines and thought, "Nooooooo!" I only found you the other day via RAOK but I like you. And you shouldn't feel bad if Ms. Rowling herself showed up on your doorstep - you're entitled to your opinion and I see no reason why you shouldn't be allowed to voice it. I happen to share your opinion of the books for the most part (yet I'm still reading them LOL).

I've bookmarked the new site and look forward to further blog entries.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh do have a big head about yourself don't you?

I think you really don't even realize how bourgeoise and elitist you appear on your blog.

Even if I agree with your comments, it is your delivery that annoys the ever loving CRAP out of me..

I read it and think, hmmmm, who died and made you queen????

From, a person with at least 1 MS degree, a bit of common sense and doesn't read HP but doesn't think it's crud either

7:39 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Since you used me as an example I wanted to clarify. To me being polite doesn't necessarily mean being positive about anything, nor does it mean being dishonest. Personally, I try not to write anything that I wouldn't say out loud to the person. I've written about books and bands I don't care for and given my reasons for thinking so and if any of those authors or band members or their greatest fan stumbled across my blog I don't think they'd take it personally. When I was writing the post about Siva's comment I initally wrote "thank god I didn't say anything bad" but deleted it because had I not liked the book I would have said so, politely. I try to make it clear that it's just my opinion, not an attack or a sweeping pronouncement. Any public figure has to accept public critism but I'm not going to make mine mean-spirited. That's just who I am.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hi Brooke - I have enjoyed reading your blog for sometime now and although I haven't always agreed with your some of your views and opinions, I recognize that they are just that ... YOUR views and opinions. There's nothing that says we all have to agree. We're certainly entitled to differences. And where is it written that as bloggers, we are required to be polite? I've said it before and I'll say it again ... it's your blog to write about whatever you choose in any way you choose. If someone out there doesn't like what you say or the way you say it, they need not read your blog.

I'm just sorry to see you leave this blog. My opinion is that the "Phoenix Knitter" name is not at all limiting. It's merely descriptive ... you are a knitter in Phoenix.

I've enjoyed your views. I've even shared some of your views with friends and we've had some pretty fascinating discussions. It's great to get people to use their minds to think and discuss matters rather than just plug into the TV and talk about their fave on American Idol or Survivor. I love to partake in intellectual conversations. And frankly, if we all held the same views, there would be nothing to discuss.

Take care and please don't stop sharing your views in whatever forum you choose - that's what makes the world go round.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous phoenista said...

I've deleted the paragraph about Pam's blog making me realize I'm not polite. I inadvertently made it sound like she was not honest, and that was not my intention.

As for "anonymous", it's funny to me that you won't sign your name. So you only want me to know who you are but you don't want to look bad in front of everyone else? Cute.

and thank you to pleutim and beth. I appreciate your support.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry your MS degree didn't allow you to construct a sentence OR respond to other's opinions in a gracious format. I have never understood why people of harsh opinion are afraid to sign their names? What is that all about? I follow the have the right to your opinion. In other words, you have a right to be wrong in my eyes.
Signed Mom S, also a proud MS earner with hopefully a more accepting personality

10:44 PM  
Blogger Allena said...

that stinks your leaving...but i'll head over to your other site!

12:42 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Sorry to see you leaving RAOK. And sorry to see people don't even have the gall to leave their names for a private response. I will happily follow you over to your new blog and I don't even mind differing opinions...isn't that the point of having a blog, to share one's opinions. BTW, anonymous, I don't have an MS but I know that you are not nice.

10:21 AM  
Blogger PJS said...

I do think there's something about the impersonal nature of the internet that makes people feel they can drop any pretense of courtesy, as in the example of your anonymous blogger.

I've seen people say horrid, nasty things to one another on blogs that they (hopefully) would never utter in a face-to-face setting.

If I don't like someone's blog, I just click the little "x" in the upper right hand corner, and move on with my life. Why someone would choose, instead, to drop a little anonymous hate-bomb into a comments section is beyond me.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Berly's Blog said...

I am glad you are making a fresh start. I am looking forward to reading your new blog!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Sorry to see you leave RAOK. I hope you post some updates about your knitting on your new blog. Your son is adorable!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Mac and Caden said...

I can't believe I left town and all heck has broken loose! I thoroughly enjoy your blogs and those who don't (and are not so anonymous) can get over themselves and not worry about you.

2:28 PM  
Blogger inkslinger42 said...

I stumbled on your blog only a week ago. Sorry it didn't work out. Sucks when "anonymous" people get all uppity and try to put the light on you instead on their own odd obession with controling the world they view. It's a kids book!
Anyway...I think you're making the right choice. Life the best you can!

11:47 PM  
Blogger FlirtinFelicity said...

Felicity here..Just poppin' around to say that I was impressed by your blog. Post more ait?? Holla

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was just looking around the net for web sites related to customer relationship management and came across your blog. I was going to add a blog to my site, for customer relationship management and of course other related material, but I'm not sure if it would work.
I'm a bit worried about getting un-wanted 'rude' posts rather than ones related to customer relationship management on my site...... perhaps I just try it out - then you can come and post on it :)

Take care

2:56 AM  

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