"Freedom is the right to tell people what they don't want to hear."
-- George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
A lot of discussion around the status of the RPG Bloggers Network has taken place following a disagreement on terms of admission (in flammenkrieg terms not huge but hurtful to those involved). Now the admins have chosen to pursue their own projects.
I wish them the best, they've done great things and left sizable boots to fill. Network members respond in different ways, displaying the Kübler-Ross model behaviours to unexpected changes - denial, negotiation, anger, depression, grief and acceptance.
Yet in what people are already lampooning as the Great RPG Bloggers Network Schism of 2009, it's obvious a couple of things remain true.
First, anger towards the people you're trying to persuade isn't as effective as respect. Insulting your audience will encourage them to stop listening or go elsewhere. Maybe that's what you want? Yet those behaviours limit options and damage your credibility on a personal and professional level. Even if you do them well.
Second, to quote Dale Carnegie: "You don't kick a dead dog." The network is attracting criticism from those worried the sky is falling, disappointed at how the admins were treated or those hoping to develop their own vision. The bug has bitten and the road has called. I plan on continuing for the only way to fail is to give up.
I want the RPG Bloggers Network to move forward regardless. The network is bigger than one individual and if you're part of any network, it's wise to respect it's participants. Word gets around and those who live by mudslinging usually get dirty themselves for with good intentions, the destination remains the same.