A little business

Recently I received an angry email because I deleted a comment on this blog. The writer claimed it was censorship. It is.

It’s pretty obvious that I write erotic romance stories. I don’t use euphemisms and I’m fairly direct when dealing with sexual issues. However, erotic isn’t synonymous with vulgar—at least not in my vocabulary.

In regards to my writing, first--it’s fiction. The characters never indulge in gratuitous sex, there is always a connection and if it’s not true love, there’s a good chance it could grow into it.

I know the line may be thin, but it’s there, I see it clearly.

This blog isn’t just about my writing, it’s about me, or at least one facet of my personality. If you know me at all, you’ll know I don’t cuss often and when I do, it’s rarely with the f bomb. I save that for special occasions when it really makes an impact. I am not saying I’m a prude, or that hearing others cuss offends me, it doesn't.

Any writer knows it's not just the words, it's the way you use them.

If you’ve had occasion to talk to me offline, you’ll know there are many things you could call me, crude isn’t one of them. And as this is my blog, I decide what is and isn’t appropriate.

So if there is a comment that offends me either by insulting someone else, a group of people, or using language that I believe is unnecessary and rude, I’ll delete it. If I know you, I might email and ask you to edit the comment, but I’m sorry, this is my blog, my prerogative. I will defend your right to free speech on your blog or in your house, but here, my rules apply.

I am sorry if that offends anyone and I sincerely hope you don’t feel self-conscious in future postings. I just wanted to get my stand out in the open


Cari Quinn said...

I think it's entirely your right to decide what content's appropriate for your blog. Just wanted to show my support... :)

Helen Hardt said...

Absolutely! What Cari said :).

Cecile said...

Enugh said, I agree with you. It is after all... yours. In the end, it represents you..... So hugs honey!

Lynne Roberts said...

Thank you all for your support. ; )

I love you girls...er, women. ; )

Maeve said...

Well said, Lynne! Posts should ALWAYS be respectful and it IS your right to choose. And thank you so much for linking to my blog! *blush* I love the support and friendship of the writing community. :-)

Rebecca J. Clark said...

Lynne, I wouldn't worry about this one more second. It's your blog and you can do whatever you want. If I'm ever stupid enough to say something crude or insulting on a blog, I'd expect the owner to delete it.

Lynne Roberts said...

It's my pleasure Maeve! Romance writers are some of the nicest people I've ever met.

Thanks, Rebecca. I'm sure I've said plenty of stupid things on blogs... in particular before my first cup of coffee, but I try to respect the blog owner and his or her readers.

Thank you both for your comments!