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No More Drama…

Tuesday, July 4, 2006
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So, I decided to change my url, mainly for a few reasons. The first being that I started feeling like the visiting authors were taking over. I looked at various comments over the past couple of months, and it shocked me to learn that over 70% of the comments on my blog were being left by authors.

Not to say that I don’t appreciate them, but seriously, I never started this blog to feed the ego’s of certain writers out there. Mary-Janice Davidson wrote in her blog that bloggers like myself expect authors to kiss our arses, well that’s simply not true. I much prefer other readers to visit my blog, simply because they are more fun, and aren’t going to get all huffy about shit that in the great scheme of things, just don’t matter.

I want to be able to take the piss out of shit fucking covers without egotistical fucking maniacs coming out and frothing at the mouth, that shit just makes me want to do really bad things.

Other author bloggers like Sam Winston, Eve Vaughn, Desiree Erotique, and Sarah McCarty have been with me from the first, and I always like to hear from them, but to be perfectly honest, all the attention from other authors and their cronies was just getting a bit much.

When I started this blog, it was never with the intention of having 600 plus hits a day, I just wanted a place where I could say what I wanted. I’ve found that actually, I was happier when I was getting less than 100 hits per day.

I love having rousing discussions and mass debating, but in recent months, there’s been less and less of that, and I just thought it was time I made a change. Readers tend not to hang out at author blogs, and just lately, Karen Scott’s World has been bombarded by writers.

It was getting so that the people who used to post, started lurking, because they didn’t want to be involved in the drama that me and my blog attracts. This had been pissing me off no end, especially when it started taking an authors vs readers slant.

So, I’m starting afresh, same blog, different url. The readers and authors who I already link to, will be able to find me if they want to, but at least for now, the number of people who read my blog will hopefully diminish to a comfortable number.

This has been a cleansing experience for me, and now I feel like I can start all over again. I feel like I’m all alone in the blogosphere, and it’s an absolutely wonderful feeling.

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  • Avid Reader
    July 4
    12:44 pm

    Hi Karen, I just updated. I understand where your coming from and I know that as a reader, I don’t really care for everybody to read my blog, too. I write for myself and to share good reads and rant, rave whenever I feel like it without all the drama. With that Wolf Tales “debate” and RTB linking to my posts, I changed it up, ASAP. I didn’t want all that traffic. I welcome authors at my blog, but it’s a reader’s blog and I’m bound to piss one of them off anyway or a friend of theirs.

    Keishon

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  • Karen Scott
    July 4
    12:59 pm

    Hi Keishon, wow that was quick! I welcome authors at my blog too, but they gotta wear their reader hats, and just lately that’s not how it’s been. (Tilly and December, I don’t mean you guys!)

    Talking about authors and their hissy fits, an author who used to visit often took exception to something that I’d said on my blog, so she had a little mini rant about it, but didn’t name names. When another blogger asked her about it, she denied that the rant was about my post (Lying bitch). As it happens, I got an e-mail from someone who knew someone, and she’d basically been slagging me off, the thing is, she was just too scared to confront me, because basically she was a pussy. That’s the kind of drama you get with authors, and I just don’t need it. It’s ruining the genre for me.

    Good to see ya here!

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  • Katharina
    July 4
    2:19 pm

    Hi Karen,
    discoverd you too :-)
    I am 100% reader, but I defenitely need my daily dose of Karen Scott.

    Way to go!

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  • FreeSpirit
    July 4
    3:05 pm

    Hi, Karen. Glad I found you (again) because your opinion on so many things closely mirrors my own. I love reading your reviews and nine times outta ten, I agree with them. On another note, hubby is traveling to London for business in August and I get to go along..yippee!! Never been there, but I can bore anybody silly with my love of Elizabethan History. Any suggestions on what is “have to” sight-seeing?

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  • Trollop
    July 4
    4:00 pm

    Karen,

    I found you through your profile, so I guess others can as well :) In any case, I enjoy your writing very much, but agree with you about all the readers/writers melodrama.

    I think I will feel more comfortable about leaving comments now that I know a crazy author/rabid fan won’t be jumping out of the bushes and skinning me alive if I have something to say LOL

    *Good luck*

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  • Karen Scott
    July 4
    4:13 pm

    Hi Katharina, welcome!

    Hi Freespirit! You’ll love London, especially since the sun has been shining!

    Hi Trollop!! I think quite a few readers felt like you did! Welcome!

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  • Bam
    July 4
    4:58 pm

    Don’t mean to sound stalkerish, but I’m always right behind ya, gorgeous! Gotta get my daily Karen Scott fix, you know!

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  • Karen Scott
    July 4
    5:19 pm

    Bam, I fully expected you to be here, where would I be without my main bitch? *g*

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  • Jaye
    July 4
    5:26 pm

    Updated my link also. ;-) Can’t say I blame you for the change. lol.

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  • Anne
    July 4
    5:27 pm

    I found you, Karen. : ) I’m updating my personal link, but I don’t think I’ll do the one on my blog. Let others figure it out for themselves. : )

    I can’t blame you for changing your URL. It was getting too intense with all the authors wigging out.

    Good for you!

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  • Karen Scott
    July 4
    5:30 pm

    Hi Jaye, hi Anne!! I’m glad you’re here!

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  • Beverly Havlir
    July 4
    6:31 pm

    I had a mild panic attack when I couldn’t find ya. What did I do? Went to Bam’s page and voila! Found you again. Can’t get away from me, Karen, even if I’m an author. *g* I lurk most times, and your blog keeps me up to date on what’s going on. Plus I lurve your colorful use of… ahem…the English language. I may be an author, but first and foremost, I was and still am an avid reader. Gotta have my Karen fix! Hope I’m still welcome!

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  • sybil
    July 4
    7:35 pm

    OK I might be missing something but this seems like too much work for nothing hon. I mean people will change the links here and google if forever the a person’s friend.

    I would bet you can already google karens world or It’s My Blog and… and find your happy ass. Tis a open blog you will still get the same people and same comments. Don’t cha think? And you can’t really say you welcome authors than expect them to only behave one way.

    just saying… off to read the mjd post cuz I haven’t seen it yet.

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  • Karen Scott
    July 4
    9:19 pm

    Hi Beverly, of course you’re welcomed! Great to see you here!

    Sybil, the process of changing url’s was very simple, and was never meant to deter the regulars. I know it’s an open blog, but this way, I don’t get the ridiculous number of hits I was getting. Also, the people who take the time to find me, are either A, people who are interested in what I’ve got to say, or B, stalkers. Either way, it still means less traffic, because there will be those who just can’t be arsed to change the link on their blog.

    Also, I don’t want a blog where my regulars are afraid to post, and having so many authors and the constant drama was making it way too uncomfortable. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and it was getting to be hard work.

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  • Fickle Fiona
    July 4
    10:04 pm

    Good luck Karen!

    Love the new URL.

    …Fiona…

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  • Wendy
    July 4
    10:44 pm

    Found ya. About that last story; went to Mirriam Stoppard’s page and when closing got myself multiple browsers popping up. EEK had to control alt delete to switch the machine off.

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  • Eve Vaughn
    July 4
    10:57 pm

    HaHaHa, you knew we’d track you down!!!

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  • Avid Reader
    July 4
    11:19 pm

    You know, I love that expression of yours “couldn’t be arsed” and will use it from time to time but I want you to know that I know where it came from, girlfriend.

    Sybil makes SOME sense in that all most people would have to do is google you or update your link to find you again. I was thinking of just placing it in my favorite places rather than my blog.

    You’ll never run away from drama…

    As long as there’s the Internet and a “submit button” and people too stuipid to think before they speak, there will always be drama.

    What’s important is that this makes YOU feel better :-)

    Later, gator.

    Keishon

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  • Ann Wesley Hardin
    July 5
    12:12 am

    I’m in!

    Yeow, that panic attack hurt. Anne passed me a note telling me where you went. I’ll keep your new addy in my private reserve!

    Since you Brits probably mourn the loss of all our tax dollars on the 4th, I won’t wish you a happy one *gg*

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  • sybil
    July 5
    1:38 am

    some?

    some?

    I make a shit load of sense damn it! Well sometimes… I totally agree if it makes you happy then it is worth whatever work it took. I am just a lazy ass but hey I changed your link so you are special.

    But unless you become sweetness and light there is no way to avoid drama. Hell I am not even sure if that would work. *g*

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  • Paz Edwards
    July 5
    2:10 am

    Glad I found you!

    Paz

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  • EvilAuntiePeril
    July 5
    7:32 am

    Hi Karen, no fear, still managing to stalk you through the blogosphere. Didn’t even have to go through your rubbish or anything to find you.

    D’you want links to you updated or not? ‘cos I quite understand the desire to keep things low-key.

    And FreeSpirit? Just to do my bit for the London Tourist Board, there’s a ton of stuff to see, but one of my favorites (history buff too) is Dennis Severs’ House. Tricky booking/opening hours but it’s well worth the effort. Visitors always love it. Hope the weather’s good.

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  • Dawn
    July 5
    8:02 am

    Got you too, K.

    Yesterday, I clicked onto my usual link to you and went to Karen’s Photo Blog – I think it was.

    I need my daily fix of the Truth As Told By Karen Scott as well.

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  • Dawn
    July 5
    9:47 am

    Meant to say as well, though it’s completely unrelated to this topic.

    Krispy Kreme doughnuts have arrived in Milton Keynes! I’m so excited (sad, I’ll happily admit), so on Saturday I’ll be heading to the shop to get my fix.

    Hooray!!!!!

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  • Kristie (J)
    July 5
    10:13 am

    Hey Karen: I’m here too. I’m so glad you didn’t disappear altogether. That would have been awful!! I can see where your coming from. My blog is for readers and if authors visit – great. But like you said do it as fellow readers. I wasn’t liking that whole authors vs readers either. As your name says – It’s your blog and you’ll say what you want too.

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  • Scott
    July 5
    11:53 am

    HA-HA!! I found you Karen!!

    Now I can bash all your opinions about books that I will never read (except for Eve’s). And I can thrash your opinions of ManU and the state of English football.

    Seriously, good luck with the less drama. I am sure they will still hunt you down, which is a shame. The title of your blog is the general rule for all blogs, and people should get a life if all they are going to do is bash your posted opinions.

    By the way, I know you will hate to hear this, but I think France is going to win the World Cup.

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  • HelenKay
    July 5
    12:43 pm

    Being the lazy type, I only change links when I REALLY like a blog. Couldn’t go without my daily Karen fix…

    The bad news for you is that people will find you again. I agree with Sybil, those who read you every single day (and apparently that’s hundreds of us) will hunt you down. That’s the price you’re gonna pay for being popular. Just tell the authors to shut up and go away when we get annoying. Those who can’t take it are better not visiting here anyway. No loss.

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  • Jane
    July 5
    1:57 pm

    I read my blogs through a newsreader and I got the post about the URL being changed and then nothing. I figured that you just weren’t posting because of the world cup or David Beckman’s stepping down as captain or getting really good sex from TTG. I don’t know why I thought that my news reader would just automatically morph to the new url.

    I can’t tell you how much I agree with you re: authors on blogs. I wish there were more readers that commented instead of lurked. In fact, I wonder how many true readers are actually visiting the blogosphere.

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  • Kat O+
    July 5
    2:07 pm

    I knew it was you when the new URL showed up on my stats! For a moment, I thought you were being stalked, what with the mystery of your last post.

    I do love reading comments on your blog from regulars because they understand your style and aren’t offended by sentences picked out at random.

    I also love that you pass on juicy goss from the romance world. I can’t be arsed reading the dramas in detail so I love condensed blog posts from people whose opinions I value…and who inject enough snarkiness to make the reading all the sweeter. :-)

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  • Sarah McCarty
    July 5
    2:22 pm

    Ok. I just thought the old blog was malfunctioning. I like to think eventually I would have emailed you, Karen to find out what was wrong, but I’m really not sure how long that would have taken due to the fact that I always assume it’s me when it comes to technology issues. Thank goodness Anne clued me in. Otherwise, I’d still be sitting at the old URL, waiting in vain for a new post, trying to hide my Karen withdrawl symptoms from passer-bys. :)

    I’m not sure just swapping URL’s is going to fix your issue, especially now that you said it was an issue. And I assume your hits are going to be as high as always, becuse, honey, you have a fan base and they will follow you. If the issue occurs again and begins to impede your enjoyment of your blog, you might want to consider switching to a blog server (or whatever the hell it’s called) that allows you to block or bann IP adresses.

    Sarah, releived to have found you again

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  • Karen Scott
    July 5
    3:00 pm

    Hi Fiona! And yes, I like the new url too, plus it’s marginally easier to type!

    Hi Wendy, nothing like that happens when I click on the link, but I have all kinds of security stuff on my machine that I never get pop-ups anway.

    Hi Eve, glad to see ya here!

    Keishon, I know I can still be found, but if a person goes to that much trouble to find me, then they can’t complain if they read something they don’t like.. well they can, but I will tell them to fuck off in the future, if they decide to go psycho on my blog.

    Hi AnnWH! Welcome to the inner sanctum! Oh yeah, Happy Belated July 4th!

    Sybil, you’re such a doll, I feel so blessed *g* And no, sweetness and light isn’t really my thing, so no fear there!

    Hi Paz!! Nice to see you here!

    EAP, I’m so glad you got here! And I know it wont be hard for people to find me, but I’m happy that you guys made the effort, I’ve come all over warm and fuzzy!

    Dawn , I love Krispy Kremes! That reminds me, one of the girls went and got doughnuts this aft, and mine is still in the fridge!

    Hi Kristie, I’m gonna get much more territorial on this blog now, I want my regulars to feel comfortable posting here! Nice to see ya!

    Hey Scott, please bash away!! And actually, I don’t mind if Francxe win the World Cup, I think they deserve it just for beating Brazil, and fielding a team full of geriatrics, who can still play! *g*

    Hi HK! I feel truly honoured that you’ve changed links! You can come again (g)

    Hey Jane, don’t you know, TTG and I only have sex on weekends *g* I’ve often wondered how many of the people who visit here are actually readers, once upon a time, I could honestly say that 99% of my visitors were readers, but those days are long gone I guess.

    If you guys want to link, you can, I just want to stop the increasing number of randoms from stopping off here!

    Hi Kat! I’m real glad you’re here! I love blogging, but it was starting to piss me off, and I’m a firm believer that you should never just put up with shit that fucks you off.

    Hi Sarah, Glad to see you made it! I know that people will find me, but I’m going to get tougher on here. If I get any posts that piss me off to the nth degree, then fuck free speech, I’m gonna get real mean. Hopefully you’ll be able to tell the difference between a Nice Me, and a Mean Me. (grin)

    Thanks for the support people, much appreciated! There’s so much love in here, I feel like we ought to all get in a circle and start singing Cum-by-yah my Lord (grin)

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  • trollop
    July 5
    5:01 pm

    RE: I’m going to get tougher on here. If I get any posts that piss me off to the nth degree, then fuck free speech, I’m gonna get real mean.

    Karen, if someone stops by my blog and says something rude/crude or that pisses me off to no end I just delete the comment. I can’t be bothered to waste my time with stupidity.

    I love confrontation with smart people :P but refuse to engage in it with stupid half-wits; they’re really not worth it! :)

    Or there are two little words in the english language that I just love “FUCK OFF” works quite nicely too LOL

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  • Lauren Dane
    July 5
    5:34 pm

    I was relieved to see my “blogs that link to me” list had been updated with your new url.

    I think trollop is right, if people say stuff that’s offensive at my blog I’ll either ridicule them or delete them or both.

    For a time last year I had to have my comments all moderated due to some git who kept putting up loads of offensive stuff. Eventually she went away. It sucked to have to do that though, took extra time. But it did work.

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  • Dance Chica
    July 5
    11:20 pm

    Hey Karen,

    I found you by doing a little hard core searching…LOL. I swear I’m not a stalker, lol, I just totally adore your blog. But I understand why you felt the need to change. As a matter of fact, I lurked here a lot before the change but never posted because like you said, there was a lot of drama and I never wanted to get involved. But now I feel I should de-lurk and say hello! ;) I’m really glad you didn’t quit writing all together because the blogosphere would’ve really missed your opinions. :)

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  • MaryJanice Davidson
    July 6
    2:26 am

    I…I was going to post something like “you can run but you can’t hiiiiiiide…” but…but the mention of Krispy Kremes has me completely distracted. Mmmm…Krispy Kremes…

    As for trying to lessen the drama (and this is not a criticism in any way, nor am I telling you what to blog, or how to blog, or why to blog, or when to blog, or where to blog, or howcome to blog), I don’t see that happening unless you radically change your blogging style. But then, what fun would that be?

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  • Dramedy Girl
    July 6
    12:32 pm

    Thank goodness! I found you! I’m changing over to my own domain soon and will wait to update your link ’til then and I’m actually (hopefully) starting a blog that’s all about reading shortly thereafter. It will be an anon blog but I’ll be cluing you in. :o)

    Hugs,
    Shel

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  • Lori
    July 6
    1:41 pm

    Hi Karen! I always knew you were a smart woman :) I hope now you can get back to posting at least once a week without causing an uproar *g*

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  • Karen Scott
    July 6
    3:08 pm

    Trollop, deleting is something I usually only do when the comments get offensive, but I think I just may start doing that more regularly. And you’re right fuck off is a very useful phrase.

    Hi Lauren, moving urls just made me feel better, and I’m all for self-gratification *g*

    Hi Dancechica, you’re a perfect example of what I’m talking about, I’ve never seen you comment before, and now I hope you can delurk permanently!

    MJD, I knew you’d find me somehow. Big sigh. The thing is, now that I’ve gone to the effort of moving from the drama, if anybody comes on here and endeavours to piss me off, I will forget that I’m a lady. And no, my blogging style wont change.

    Hi Shelly, yay to the new reading blog!

    Lori, I suspect people will continue to take offence, but as long as they don’t bring their attitude on here, I can ignore them! Nice to see ya!

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  • Lena
    July 6
    11:42 pm

    I completely freaked out when I logged on to your site and found it gone. Something about me freaking out is not normal right, but I can’t help it. It has to be the accent. LOL

    So I’m afraid, I’m another one of those loser authors (hey Bev, see you next Saturday, lol) that you can’t get rid of. I love you too much man. You and Dlisted are the only blogs I read.

    I guess that makes me a B) Stalker.

    Lena

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  • Lanie
    July 7
    5:28 am

    Finally, I found you! (Thanks Dear.Author.com for having the new link up). I’ve been Karen-deprived for days and that’s harsh man, harsh.

    Now I’ll just go back to reading and not commenting as usual. I usually have an opinion and stuff to say, but someone smarter has usually said it better so I just nod and go “yeah, what she said” and then trot off on my merry way LOL.

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  • Desiree Erotique
    July 8
    7:08 am

    I certainly don’t agree with all your views, Karen, but hey, when the heck do any of us come across someone with a carbon-copy mindset? (And shudders, who’d really want to?) I started coming because you were linked to at a friend’s blog. You probably won’t ever read one of my books, and I really don’t care. You’re fun and can make me laugh, yet you often post on topics which strike a deep chord (like murdered children and rampant terrorism). You get people thinking, and if someone can do that and earn my respect while doing so, yeah, I’ll probably keep visiting.

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  • Tara Marie
    July 9
    11:41 am

    I’m a little slow on the uptake and never thought to look at your profile, found you through my statcounter.

    Hope this works for you, but going by the count on this post it probably isn’t.

    Tara

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  • Jade James Truth or Dare
    July 10
    3:57 pm

    I was lurking, then started posting cause the stuff you post is hilarious.

    I did track you down and I hope that’s okay.

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your stuff.

    Jade.

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  • emdee
    July 10
    4:06 pm

    Hi Karen,

    I’m fairly inept with the computer and had to have someone tell me where to find you. It took me a week and I was a bit broken hearted without your blog. As a reader, I appreciate your candor and wit. Keep up the good work.

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