Saturday, December 1, 2012

Speaking For Myself

I was thinking of not posting this weekend. I’m a little drugged out because I threw my back out again and am having trouble moving, much less getting pictures of my furry sweeties to post.

But then something has happened that got my mad up! So let me warn you, you can stop reading now for today if you don’t want to hear me being upset!

Someone out there is presuming to speak for me! Not just me but you too! "Everyone" they say. Did someone take a poll and I missed it? Did EVERYONE else tell this person they could speak for them? Somehow I doubt this is what happened.

What happened is that someone, some ONE Person has decided that people asking for donations and fundraising is awful and that EVERYONE hates it, therefore those who do it must stop!

I’m sorry, what?? Let me tell you something. IF EVERYone didn’t like people fundraising or asking for donations, they wouldn’t donate or participate! They wouldn’t write comments that say "great idea!" and "Thank you for doing this!" and so on.

Instead, they are going to people you need and ask for help and telling them that EVERYONE thinks it’s awful. EVERYONE is tired of it.

Here’s the deal, ONE Person who is picking on others, if YOU don’t want to donate. Don’t donate. If YOU don’t want to read about fundraisers. Don’t read those blogs. If YOU don’t like something, speak for YOURSELF. Don’t try to add weight to your erroneous argument by saying EVERYONE feels as you do.

Because, One Person, here’s the deal. If WE didn’t like it, we wouldn’t do it. If WE didn’t want to read it, we wouldn’t. If WE didn’t want to donate, we wouldn’t. But WE wouldn’t stop others from doing it IF THEY want to!

Don’t like a TV show, you got a choice. You can change the channel, you don’t have to write to the TV station and tell them that, even though it has high ratings, EVERYone hates it and they should cancel it. Don’t like giant servings of soda pop, don’t buy it, you don’t have to try to make it a law so no one can buy or sell it.

If you don’t like the direction of a blog, you can just not read it, you don’t have to be... ok I’m going to say it, you don’t have to be a JERK and bitch at the people who write it. But I have to tell you, it’s YOUR problem not theirs!

So, One Person who’s been picking on several blog writers lately. Speak for your self! And stop hiding behind ‘anonymous’ and emails where the EVERYBODY you’re speaking for can’t see or know who’s speaking for them.

Do you think people who ask for donations, or chip ins or who fundraise or in other ways ask for help don’t need it?? Good heavens! No single person can do everything on their own all the time! And the great thing about the blogosphere and friends that comment and donate and share is that they WANT to help!

Some cats and dogs would not have some serious medical care if a lot of people didn’t give a little bit to help out! NO rescue would be able to operate without help! (That includes state run ones too, because guess where their money comes from!) No shelter can operate without help!

You, One Person, seem to think you’re above all of this. Well, I hope you never need help then, but I’m betting, someday, in some way, you probably will!

Don’t speak for me. Because I’m saying the exact opposite of you, One Person. I’m proud to help where I can, and I’m grateful that the blogosphere and animal lovers around the world are free to ask for help when they need it and help others when they can!


Ok, I’m done. And for those of you who stuck it out to the end of my rant, here are some gratuitous kitty pictures for your viewing pleasure! (previously posted, because as I mentioned, can’t really get any new ones at the moment!)


Star in front, Leo in back 


Our Avatars!

Star's gif

Leo's gif



And since I’m sure that the One Person is no longer reading my blog, if they ever were, I’m going to go ahead and plug the Winnie’s Wish Christmas Fundraiser again, because I can! But no one needs to feel like they HAVE to participate either!


By the way, I love you all out there!! Thanks for listening!


Fuzzy Tales said...

I'm glad I'm out of the loop on this!

Seriously, go into your comment settings and ensure that anonymous people can't comment. I did that, oh, a good year or more ago, and haven't had much in the way of spam, certainly no nasty comments. Oh, and go into your comments and delete those from this person, if you find that helps.

Headbutts from the boys...Hope the rest of the weekend is better. Take care of your back!!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

When I first read the post about this self-appointed person, I must admit I was pretty peeved. You said exactly what I thought so I won't repeat it here.
Some people just have nothing better to do.
I hope your back feels better soon. said...

luv you Miss Andrea! And any photos of Leo and Star are precious, no matter if brand new or slightly used! ANd so sorry to hear about the back, Mom can soooooo relate! You human ladies should chat one day MOL

And I know about this One Person/Anonymous and Otis,did not know it had been done to other blogs. I already left my opinion at Otis' blog. THanks to Fuzzy Tales I did not know I could block Anonymous comments as I have had it once or twice, not bad, but don't want IT back again. paw pats, Savannah

Marg said...

I will put my two cents in and that is I totally agree with you. We just have to ignore people like that because they are obviously not animal people. I truly believe that normal people want to help the animals. Who is this person?? Anyway, well said.

Random Felines said...

Good post. I have to agree - if you don't like it, don't read it. But don't be hateful to the rest of us.... we love you babe and hope you are feeling better soon!!

Sherlock, Ash and Traveler said...

Hello friends,
good post. We agree that if some one doesn't like it then don't read it.. but always be kind to one another!
We love you guys xxox

Sparkle said...

Paws up! I have NO idea who this human was, but yeah, if they don't like it they can go buy themselves some lumps of coal. And I loved the reward of all the kitty photos!

Rose, The Royals and Angel Beau said...

Hmmm...your post made me wonder about the few Anon. posts that hurt me to the quick, made me decide The Royals would need to be shut down. I rarely drop by the CB, it's like treading in unwelcome territory - maybe that vibe came from Anon.

Thank you for posting this - well said!

Happy Holidays, and I'll be sure to drop by Monday to chip in what I can... the Royals and me! were blessed Twice by the CB when we were in need, and I'll never forget it.

Rose, The Royals and Angel Gentleman Beau

Cathy Keisha said...

Sound like spam to me. Or a 1%er who doesn't want to pay his/her fair share. Pffffttt!

Maggie M said...

Bravo!!! Great post. Sure hope your back heals very soon and you are feeling better. Hugs and nose kisses all around from all of us.

Cara n Crew said...

Well put! We love that the blogosphere is a caring community and folks that don't know each other except through blogging help each other out. We hope you are feeling better soon. Purrs,

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie

Tamago said...

Very well said! This One Person must be someone very unhappy about own life. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Noir the Texas Tabby said...

Hmm-I wondering your posting about what Me and Tommy are thinking your posting about...Ya know what? I'm glad you vented. Take your meds, let your babies love and purr to a good strong back again!


Sweet Purrfections said...

We love the CB. If there's something we don't want to participate in, we don't. We try to do what we can. Can't please everyone but they don't gave to make or negative for everyone else.

The Island Cats said...

We read about this anonymous person on somebuddy else's blog. Sheesh! That person needs to keep his/her opinions to him/herself!

Mr. Black said...

Whew, that was a GREAT rant!

Katnip Lounge said...

One word: KARMA.

The Cat From Hell said...

LOVE LOVE your Rant!
Wes all has a choice and of yous don't likes it, there is peoples who does.
And Mommy thanks yous for saying what she was thinking but did not has time these days to post.
Nellie (and Mommy)

Cult of Otis said...

Pawmen Sister Andrea! And so sorry to hear about your back :-(

Brother Oliver

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

That sad, selfish, creepy little person is welcome to live his/her miserable, lonely life and never help anyone. Honestly, what a despicable, craven message to send to someone in need of a little help. That kind of thinking makes me sick.

On a happier note, I'm very pleased Otis is doing well. Also, nice to see Star, especially her sweet little cross-legged gif.

Hope your back is better!!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

There are always idiots out there, sad people, and one must remember that their sadness and the unpleasantness that results, is their problem. This one person really does not deserve much attention although we are pleased you chose to rant, because perhaps they also need to know that their attitude is very little appreciated.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

WOW!! Wonderfully stated and I give you ENORMOUS credit!!
We love to share about shelters, etc who need money (such as when we featured Winnie's Wish, etc)...and we feature people who need help whenever we can.
We agree with you, if someone doesn't like it, dont' READ IT!
Hoping your back feels better and HUGE KUDOS TO YOU!

Dorothy Abernathy said...

Our huMom said Amen! You took the thought right outta her head. We subscribe to your blog by email and we really enjoy it. We loved the toys huMom got from you too. Whoever the anonywuss is,between the support you and leader Otis have gotten, they should have gotten the message to Go Away! Anonywuss needs to go and rain on their own parade. We hope your back feels better soon. Hurt backs are no fun, we know that's a fact. We know you always take good care of Star and Leo, but try and take good care of yourself too.
Purrs to you!
Mistletoe & Hitch....and their huMom,Dorothy

Pretinha said...

Concordo com você.

Pretinha said...

Concordo com você.

Katie Isabella said...

Good GIRL! I agree 100% with you. And hiding behind "anon". is cowardly. If you feel strongly about something have the courage to state it honestly.

meowmeowmans said...

Way to go Andrea! We love you, and agree with you 100 percent!!!

Cherry City Kitties said...

We thought "celestial" kitties could never have enough stars, so we left you another one on our bloggy!
Harry, Dexter and Tipp

Meg & Quill said...

We all have choices in life, and as long as you've not got a gun to someone then they are free to do what they feel is right for them. All you can do is what you feel is right and be true to yourself. Hugs and feel better.

michico*Adan said...

I just love these 2 gif pictures,
so so cute!

Oui Oui said...

We must have missed something, but we usually don't read comments others leave on blogs before us. Its your blog, do what you want. I don't mind fundraising for charity. We've done some ourselves.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

OK, we are usually out of the loop. so we are gonna ask fer a link to the offending blog/comment/whatever. We wanna read it.

Someone please tell us where it is...

Its like when ya got a mousie unner yer paw. It may just give up, or it may wanna bite ya bad as ya eat it, but ya ought to listen so ya know what to expect.

We wanna read the mean post.

Brian said...

Nice rant! I put comments like those right in the bottom of the litter box where they belong!

Marilia said...

I love all pretty photos and avatars!

LP said...

Well you know what they say....there is always one in a crowd...
Maybe you should adjust your comments to ensure that that ONE doesn't have a voice on your blog ever again.Makes life easier :)
Rest up and feel better!

the critters in the cottage xo

Sierra said...

Okay, so I'm late to the table here, but here are my thoughts:

You are totally RIGHT! It irks me very much when people make overgeneralizations like this as they really are hardly ever true. In psychology, we call it a cognitive distortion.

You said, "If you don’t like the direction of a blog, you can just not read it, you don’t have to be... ok I’m going to say it, you don’t have to be a JERK and bitch at the people who write it. But I have to tell you, it’s YOUR problem not theirs!" THANK YOU for saying this!! A while back (we don't know if you saw it) I had a lot of problems with some individuals and I posted one post about it for some support from the wonderful people in the cat community because let's face it - cat people are awesome!! Anyway, a few people didn't like it and decided it would be effective to spew a bunch of lies and untrue accusations about me to "defent or protect" themselves.

After this, I was explicitly commanded not to write about MY life in MY blog anymore, but if you ask me people can *choose* to read my blog or not - nobody is forced to read it. If you don't like what I write about, don't read it.

Anyway......there's my little rant :)

I'm so sorry to hear about your back. As a chronic pain sufferer, I understand pain all too well and empathize with how awful and debilitating it can really be. I truly hope that you feel better soon. If you ever need anything, please let me know. You can always e-mail me.


And healing purrs from Carmine, Milita, and Jewel <3

Cory said...

That was an awesome rant...we read blogs because we want makes us purr...and we comment as often as we can, but can't always comment. We love that there are auctions to help our furriends. We donate when we can and buy stuff when we can, but we can't always do it. We do it when we can and when we want and think it's up to everyone to make decisions for themselves.

Purrs to all of you...and glad we stuck it out for the gratuitous kitty photos!