Yesterday, I announced DJ!'s intention to quit Progressive Bloggers. Intention, not yet a request to be unplugged, because DJ! is a group blog with contributors across the continent and (at the moment) off the continent as well.
So, if you usually get here from PB, you'll have to make other arrangements, because as soon as my co-bloggers here have taken the opportunity to say good-bye, we will be gone from there.
The group includes people (male and female, note) who all have relationships with the innertoobz. Some very long-standing, some not. All -- in my view -- with the right to use the PB platform to say buh-bye to friends and associates who use it.
My thought was that once everyone who wanted to had said what they wanted, THEN we'd unplug ourselves however that is done.
Meanwhile, my post was generating some reaction. (I'll get to that under The Support.)
Boyos didn't like the reaction. My post at PB had 17 votes the last time I looked before the purge. There was a lot going on at Twitter.
Then, suddenly, DJ! was purged from PB. Gone.
My post had been up for a few hours. deBeauxOs's had been up at PB for perhaps a hour. Posts from Námo Mandos and Niles were published at DJ! but had yet to appear at PB. And one from Beijing York (perhaps still in the works) was in progress. [ADDED: Tada!] It is a long weekend, after all.
Yes, DJ! wanted to be gone from PB. But funny thing: we wanted to leave on OUR terms. (Kinda like people in general want control over their actions, bodies, lives, etc., yes?)
Not to be.
The initial post got great reactions from Dr Dawg, Dave at TGB, and Orwell's Bastard. Those three have 'top votes' at PB at the moment.
And, as I said, there was a rumble going on on Twitter. And more reaction since, natch.
1) The boyos at ProgBlog had a teensy amount of control over a feminist
2) As Dr Dawg said (in Twitter DM so no link): Management often locks workers out before a planned strike. I always smirk when I read mods, site admins, and blog award vols whining about how much unpaid labour they put into their roles. Yeah, buddies, but if not for the bloody UNPAID bloggers you'd have nothing to whine about.
3) The decision to leave is correct.