01/24/2017: I transferred this post, along with all of the others from Daffodil Lane, to give a bit of personal history of that blog. It was a bumpy ride, and ultimately I decided to merge the two back together here, instead of there. Dianne’s Dishes started on the original Daffodil Lane, way back when. I moved food to Dianne’s Dishes on January 18, 2007.
In June of 2009 I moved Daffodil Lane to a new server and started fresh. I have those other entries stashed somewhere, and I might dig out the Alexis posts at some point and post them here, but until then, this just gives you a glimpse in to the past. I’m keeping the domain name for Daffodil Lane. I have plans for that, you’ll hear about those later. For now…enjoy!
We started Daffodil Lane five years ago to keep family and friends updated on Alexis and to share pictures of her with family and friends. (Which we had to stop after a few scary instances involving picture stealing and some deranged people.) We also wanted a place to rant about life’s injustices, talk about things that interested us, including politics, and document what we were feeling about any given subject at any given time.
Sadly though things devolved into a quagmire of trolls and hateful comments and it quickly wore me down. I realized that having an opinion and being able to articulate those thoughts without resorting to hatefulness and spite was hard for some people to do. There are just some people out there who can’t disagree with you, and just agree to simply disagree, without being mean about the whole thing. So I began to withdraw and edit what I was thinking, instead of saying what I thought. This is never a good thing. After all a blog is what you’re thinking and feeling and if you can’t say what you think and feel what’s the point?
Over time I started shying away from politics, and to this day that is still the case, and just posted about things that mattered the most to me….Alexis, the environment, various thoughts and food. Ultimately food moved over to Dianne’s Dishes to an environment that was removed from what Daffodil Lane had become. Things had changed and I wasn’t sure how to bring it back from the brink. So I posted less and less, which was not what I wanted, but it was what I got anyway.
A few months ago our blog was moved to another server, but I didn’t realize it was going because I had never updated my e-mail address with our host. For a while now I had wanted to change hosts to the same one that hosts Dianne’s Dishes, but had never gotten around to switching over. Life happens. Alexis grows and homeschool takes place. Dianne’s Dishes kept me busy, not to mention everyday stuff that keeps you tied up like laundry, dishes, cleaning, family time. etc. Time got away from me and I never switched.
So what does all of that mean?
Well if you had been a previous visitor to Daffodil Lane and kept up with it over time all of a sudden when you tried to pull up the blog you got a blank page. Some hoped that meant I was gone, but not the case. I just hadn’t had time to sit down and move things over. Last weekend while I was redesigning Dianne’s Dishes I finally got around to switching servers. And this past weekend Jamison and I sat down and got Daffodil Lane back up and running.
Obviously Daffodil Lane has changed. Rest assured that I will continue to share the things that are important to me. I won’t however justify not putting up with hostility. If someone is hostile they’re out of here, no explanation, no patting them on the head, etc. I won’t go down that path again. Common courtesy will be expected. I also still tend to lean toward the left and that’s just how it is. I am what I am and I will not justify myself to anyone. What you see is what you get.
Also I don’t plan to reload the archives. We’re starting a on a new page so to speak. Daffodil Lane had gotten so large it was hard to load and rebuilding it was a multi-hour bear of a task that often failed anyway! Things are different, yet still the same in other ways. We’re going on a new path and the old path has been pushed aside. Change is a good thing.
Also on the Alexis front, while I’ll share anecdotes and such about her, I still will not be sharing pictures. The whole copying her pictures and posting them other places by people I did not know and had never met, coupled with the person even pretending that she was their child really freaked me out. In short, though I would love to be able to share pictures of her as she continues to grow and change, I just can’t risk that in this forum. There are a lot of scary, messed up people out there!
For instance right now she’s singing and dancing to music from my iPod on its dock. I’d love to show you that, but as I mentioned above the few that have issues make it impossible to do on the whole.
So Daffodil Lane is back. Some of you had hoped I was gone for good. Oh well. For those of you who asked me what happened and when I’d be back, well here I am! It’s good to be back!
Again welcome back to Daffodil Lane…It’s nice to be home!