THIS IS A VERY SAD DAY FOR BLOGGING


PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REBLOG THIS POST TO SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY FOR A FRIEND AND FELLOW BLOGGER – JASON CUSHMAN.

It’s recently come to my attention then a friend and fellow blogger has been permanently BANNED from WordPress.com.

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Jason Cushman’s blog HarsH ReaLiTy is going to be closed down shortly, which is a very sad end to an era of Jason doing so much for the WordPress community, and bringing NEW and PROGRESSIVE ideas into blogging. He is in blogging terms CHARISMA PERSONIFIED. Jason had this to say :

All blogging advice articles will be removed within 24 hours. The meet and greet threads will be removed by the end of next week. I appreciate everyone that has supported this website. –OM

Jason and I first came into contact when he invited me to join his “Project O”. I was pretty new to blogging at the time, and didn’t take part mostly because I didn’t really understand what he was trying to do. I watched Project O with curiosity, and was amazed at his ability to give MORE THAN 50 people a voice. It was an utterly staggering feat, one that I’m still impressed by. In hindsight I regretted my decision not to take part.

Luckily however Jason invited me as a guest blogger for a weekend, an opportunity which I’M ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. It was an exhausting experience, I devoted AN ENTIRE WEEKEND to it. BUT boy did I HAVE AN EXTREMELY VALUABLE experience. Mostly what he gave me was a voice and the confidence to actually “BE GOOD” at blogging.

IT WAS COLLABORATIVE BLOGGING, BLOGGERS HELPING BLOGGERS.

Jason has HELPED MANY MANY OTHER bloggers in similar ways. He also devoted a MASSIVE amount of time to his blog. Honestly I have no idea how he’s managed to reply to the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF COMMENTS on his blog – I’ve struggled with tens of thousands on mine.

JASON CUSHMAN IS NOT A SPAMMER

He’s just simply not. I’ve seen him meet and greet people, always friendly, sociable, kind words, good sense of humour. He even sent me a message one day from the poolside whilst he was on holiday. HE LOVES TO SOCIALISE, and he’s got to be the least “spammy” person I know. If he sent a “ping” out to you then he genuinely was interested in connecting. That’s been 100% my experience of him.

I just left this message for him on his blog :

My “like” is to show solidarity Jason … and NO, I DO NOT LIKE what happened to you … I’m appalled actually that after doing so much for the community that you are treated like this … and to be accused of being a spammer, well that’s at the very least defamatory and at WORST AN UTTER LIE.

THIS IS A VERY SAD DAY FOR BLOGGING.

My thoughts are with you my friend, keep well 😀

Don

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His content has nothing “spammy” about it. HE BLOGS ABOUT REAL, INTERESTING AND THOUGHT PROVOKING topics, that’s about as far from “spammy” as it gets. Plus he makes me laugh, and has done so on numerous occasions. So the guy has a very good sense of humour.

I appreciate Jason’s blog is not everyone’s cup of tea, which is fine, there are 80 million blogs on WordPress.com, so not everyone has to like him. Not everyone likes me, that’s life, I don’t care about it … BUT this is a significant event in blogging, for which I feel is a worthy cause to support.

So I’m writing this in solidarity and friendship to my friend Jason Cushman. I hope that some of you will also show your support for him, and show that we are united in the community against the bulling of people WHO DO A MASSIVE AMOUNT IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP OTHERS.

COMMUNITY IS WHAT SEPARATES US FROM OTHER SOCIAL NETWORKS – SO PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR JASON.

Unless of course you want to be part of a faceless generic intelligent spam network … up to you … not something I’m personally that interested in.

LASTLY – JASON – THANKYOU FOR YOUR HELP, ADVICE, SUPPORT AND FRIENDSHIP. GOOD LUCK AND DON’T BE A STRANGER 😀

Warm regards

Don


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218 thoughts on “THIS IS A VERY SAD DAY FOR BLOGGING

  1. Reblogged this on ally1lakeside and commented:
    What is happening on WordPress lately? People seem to be reporting other bloggers for no reason which is petty. I am glad Jason was exonerated of these allegations and I know he’d had some issues with bullying recently so justice should be done and the bully banned.

  2. This is really sad to me. I think we are all in agreement that if a fellow bloggers intentions are misjudged, there needs to be a way to have the situation reviewed. Something isn’t right here, that’s for sure!

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