Yesterday Victoria Strauss Writer Beware posted an article where she talked about the surge in anti-AbsoluteWrite postings on various websites, including this humble blog, entitled “Haters Gonna Hate: The Smear Campaign Against Absolute Write”.
Let me start out by saying right upfront I don’t hate AbsoluteWrite.
Really, I don’t. When I talk to various writer’s groups I recommend AbsoluteWrite as a valuable resource because it is. My issues with AbsoluteWrite have nothing to do with the quality of the information that can be found there. AbsoluteWrite can be a valuable resource for writers, it is the granddaddy of them all.
Blogination is described as the work as an angry ex AbsoluteWrite member, which is interesting, since I am not angry at all about AW. I was banned from AW nine years ago. That’s a long time to hold a grudge and you know what? I have better things to do with my time with obsess over a single writing forum for nearly a decade.
On top of this, if it wasn’t for James Macdonald, aka “Uncle Jim”, I never would have gotten published. He alone is the price of admission, so to speak.
Writer Beware describes Blogination as having an “AbsoluteWrite Section”. I have a single page devoted to AbsoluteWrite. A single page.
Also, I am very much pro Writer Beware. I have conversed via email with Victoria Strauss and the late Ann Crispin and have found them to be courteous and professional.
Lastly, Victoria describes the various blogs such as Absolute Blight thusly: “there’s substantial evidence that they’ve been set up by the same individual”. I’d like to see this evidence. For the record: Aside from commenting I have nothing to do with any of the sites linked to. I have enough problems keeping this blog up to date, never mind run a handful of others.
Since I have very little to do with any of those blogs, I can’t defend them. Nor will I try. There are times when they cross the line and I have let those blog owners know, Whether they listen to me or not is another story,
Finally to address why I have a page on AbsoluteWrite. The reason is simple. The owner of AbsoluteWrite is lying about who she is and does not have a business license for her forum. Go ahead, search the State of Washington Business Licensing Service for yourself. You’ll find her license expired several years ago and has not been renewed.
The analogy I use this is: If a plumber came to your house to do work for you and lies about his name and does not have a valid business license, would you hire them?
Of course you wouldn’t and that is the whole point.
Thank you for reading.