Friday, 16 November 2012

Oh, How I Miss You Blogfest



Today Alex and company are hosting the Oh How I Miss You Blogfest

Amanda and Jonathan Welling (husband and wife team) and Emily Bedwell are the wonderful team behind the blog Hippies, Beauty and Books, Oh My!. I loved visiting this blog which was so well put together, had people who loved books and delightful giveaways to thank those who stopped by. The creators kept expanding the blog until by Summer 2012 there was also book forums included. Then came the fateful day of August 24, 2012. You can read the post here but in short Amanda and John told us they were shutting down the site. They didn't take down the blog but it was made clear there'd be no future posting. Why? Below are some excerpts:

For the past several weeks we have been bombarded with rude, vile and offensive comments being left on our blog in the comments section of our posts and in our emails. We've done our best to ignore and delete as much as possible, but we can (or rather I can) only handle so much negativity.

Something occured this week that was an eye-opener. A young girl we knew decided that she would rather die then go to school and be bullied. She was also tormented relentlessly on the internet. A few days ago, her mother found her passed out unresponsive. She tried to hang herself using a belt around her neck. They had hopes she would pull through when she was rushed to the hospital, but she died yesterday morning.

She was only 11 years old.


Jon and I have decided we are shutting down our blog for good. This will be our last post. 


And that was that. I must confess that for a while I did look back hoping they'd return but alas they didn't. I respect their decision but I miss this blog team's wonderful blog so much. It is sad that bullying caused them to stop blogging. So HBB, Oh My and it's blogging team are who I miss. God bless you all in your future endeavors.

Now for a blogger I would miss he or she were to go. That would be Cassie Mae. I met blog to blog with this twenty-something funster early 2012 and haven't been bored by her personal posts and fun jottings since. She's married, has kids and still finds time to blog, write books and now even has an agent. We readers got a real scare when we found out earlier this year there was some cyber vagrant trying to put down our sweet Cassie. But many readers including myself assured her that both she and her blog was super awesome and she got out of her funk and kept right on blogging. I love you Cassie and your fellow readers and bloggy friends love you too. Don't ever go away. We'd miss you something terrible. And laugh less. A lot less.

Now hop around to all those taking part and enjoy your blogger friends. You never know what might happen in the future. But I know one thing. NO ONE WILL BULLY ME OFF MY BLOG. *Growls*

Love Ya!

22 comments:

  1. How terrible! Things like that definitely make one stop and think.
    And I totally agree with you on Cassie's blog. It's so fun to read! But then, I enjoy yours to ;)

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  2. How horrible. Teenagers can be so cruel, but then so can adults! I see bullying everyday as I work in a high school in a low socio-economic area! It is really tough. Our education system has just brought in a no bullying policy system, but the kids use it to have their targets punished by getting in first to make complaints of bullying!

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  3. That is really sad! Eleven years old. Way too young. Sorry your friends aren't posting anymore. Shame when it comes down to bullying.
    And Cassie is awesome. I laughed all the way through my manuscript after she critiqued it.
    Thanks for participating in our blogfest!

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  4. That is so depressing! Agh. Sometimes I hate the world.

    Cassie is a great choice! She's so bubbly and fun. :)

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  5. Oh, so sad...I can't imagine! Bullying is so cruel..

    Cassie is a rig...I'm glad she hung in there!

    Nice to meet you!

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  6. Hi Sheena .. that is awful - I feel for them .. it must have been earth shattering, let alone for the parents ...

    Blogging is so supportive and educative - I love it as we hear things from all angles ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  7. That is so aweful! I feel for them . . .blogging can and should be fun, supportive and encouraging. Negative commenters need to back off. I'm growling with you. GRR.

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  8. Hey,

    Just so you know... you're one of my *you's* and I'd miss your positive outlook (and the blog:) if you ever left - so there.

    'Nuff said.

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  9. What happened with that 11 year old is just sad and as proof that it isn't just teens, these teens grow up to become the kind of commentors that de-inspire some of the beautiful things in life.

    Very sad. But at least Cassie is still actively sharing her joy and smile.

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  10. Ohhhh... heartbreaking... Wow...

    And Cassie is a delight. :)

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  11. Wow, so many things going through my head. That's horrible, and yes I've experienced the negative comments and how hurtful the bullies out there can be. Without my major support system from all my readers and the love I received, I may have closed my doors too. So I do understand to an extent.

    Thank you for your beautiful words to me! I'm going to print them out and look at them all the time.

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  12. Cassie is a rockstar today! Who wouldn't miss her? Thanks for taking part in this amazing blogofest! :)

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  13. Just dropping in as a new follower. Nice to meet you!

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  14. Right with ya on Cassie Mae! I LOVE her blog too! Cassie makes this writing community a better place to be in besides Alex Cavanaugh! :)

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  15. Well, that's pretty darn sad. At least you have Cassie to help brighten your day. She is a ray of sunshine!

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  16. That's such a sad story. Bullying . . . how awful.

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  17. saddest story I've heard yet, but a good reason to call it quits. The Internet is wonderful and terrible all at the same time.

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  18. If Cassie left, I would seriously cry. It would be swollen eyes and depression, the likes of which I haven't felt since the final "Friends" episode!

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  19. Horrific.... What is this world coming to, when and eleven-year-old kills themselves. Our nation is spiraling out of control. PARENTS must be more aware! The bullying situation is OUT OF CONTROL. IT MUST END!

    As for Cassie mae... Thankfully she toughed it out. We must stand up for ourselves and not let others bully us into submission.

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  20. It's so nice to meet you, Sheena! Happy blogfestivities!

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  21. sad to lose friends of any kind!
    and cassie is a super awesome chick!

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  22. What is it with bullying these days? So tacky. Nice to meet ya! Straight over from Alex's blog.

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