For many years now I felt pressure to have my own blog …. and I resisted. I never liked to keep a journal. It might be my upbringing in the Soviet Union – you write something down and later it is used against you.
At last, I decided to start a blog. I am not going to write about my everyday life and what I bought for dinner in the supermarket. My blog is going to be about knitting, spinning and it is an invitation to my friends to visit and talk to me. And it is going to be sometimes in Russian, sometimes in English.
From the very beginning:
Note to Trolls – I am out of troll food. Permanently. If you want to troll me, you have to know that you will be taken by Charon to the other side and left there . Forever. In oblivion.
The most ironic about me starting my blog today is that it is triggered by event so much Soviet Union style, that it is most amazing.
Here is what happened: a week ago I was banned from Ravelry. Yes. I. WAS.BANNED.FROM.RAVELRY. Along with some hundred and twenty other people.
I was banned as a member of conservative political group on Ravelry. (What does it have to do with knitting? Well, knitting was a base where we met first).
What I was given– lame, stamped explanation. Exactly the same as all other banned members of the group. I was notified that all my posts, private messages etc are going to be completely erased from Ravelry. FORGET HEROSTRATUS; hmm, I mean forget me. I did not start any fire, though and I was not seeking any fame or infamy.
What I was not given– I was not given a list of my crimes against Ravelry, since none exists; I was not given an opportunity to appeal the decision
quote: If you fell you have been suspended in error, you are welcome to submit a request for reinstatement to email@example.com and we will consider these appeals on case-by- base basis. However, I will advise that if you were a member of bunkerboard.com we will not consider your appeal. unquote
Craig S. Stelmach, Esq. Ravelry, LLC
OK. I am member of bunkerboard.com. So, I did not appeal.
I was not given any opportunity to remove my contents from Ravelry myself. My intellectual property in the form of my posts, number of wich were educational, by other people’s opinions, was destroyed. I usually wrote my posts in the Ravelry window, so I do not have copies in my computer.
What I am going to do about Ravelry? I do not know yet. Even if I knew, I wouldn’t tell about it here.
What I am not going to do? I am not going to cry my eyes out, pull my hair and put ashes on my head. That’s for sure.
I am going to go on with my life. I am a member of knitting and spinning community and I am going to stay there as long as I breath. I am going to knit, spin, design and, maybe, write down my patterns more frequently.
And I am going to speak my mind.
Welcome to my blog!