You might remember the post I made a while back, the one that dealt with my old blog. I had mentioned that I felt it was time to close that one down and pass it to Prime.
Now, as you recall, I set this to auto publish just before midnight New Year’s Eve. I set everything in motion weeks ago. This isn’t anything new;I did this constantly on Blogger. Most of my Friday posts over there had been set up months in advance. With some posts “set it and forget it” was easier. This was one of them.
Last night, I decided to check and make sure that the post had published. It had. But then, I noticed that the post also had a comment.
It was from S______.
This is more or less the comment she left, with actual names and email redacted:
Can you maybe send me a danged e-mail once in a blue moon, huh? I’ve been driving myself to baldness trying to make contact. I even mailed off a letter–did you receive it?
Please write whenever, huh?
Monday, January 01, 2018 XX:XX:XX XM
So what’s wrong with this? A couple of things.
First, she used my actual name and not my Blogger nom de plume. That doesn’t seem so awful at first blush, but I’ve done everything I can to keep those names separate. Working at Wal-Mart necessitated this. If I didn’t keep my blogging identity separate from my work identity, it could come back and bite me later. Management at Wal-Mart went out of their way to make sure you weren’t “bashing” the company. If you said anything negative online, you’d get dragged into the Ad Office and possibly written up for bringing down morale. Even though I don’t have that job anymore and I don’t use that blog, I still didn’t want my given name used. Then, there’s the more glaringly obvious reason.
When I put together my farewell post, I tried to cover as much as possible. I touched on Wal-Mart and losing my job. I mentioned Puffy and his passing. I went into detail about my mammogram, the spots that were found, the biopsy and the surgery. I even mentioned that I had a shitty Subway sandwich artist job but I’m now employed by Costco. In other words, I tried to cover two years worth of history in one post. Don’t ask me how, but I managed to do it. Now with that in mind, re-read the comment above.
You see it now, don’t you? Because I did.
It’s what isn’t said that is the most telling.