Some time ago, I made a big blogging mistake.
I was offered poems to post in The Cove. It was my understanding that the writer didn’t want to be identified.
Today, it is clear that I should have used a pen name to sign those posts. I should have explained that poems bearing that pen name weren’t mine. I shouldn’t have let anyone believe those words and ideas were mine. There is a lot I should and shouldn’t have done…
I only had good intentions. I love this writer’s words, and I wanted them read by as many as possible. And I was happy to see that many of you seemed to appreciate his work. I always made sure to welcome your good words without commenting back as if the stories were mine. I also tagged all those posts with Syndrome de l’imposteur.
I was once presented with the chance to come clean, when a reader asked me about the weird tag. It puzzled me. Now things seem so simple, but back then it wasn’t and I spent many days thinking about what to reply, time passed, and I simply didn’t answer.
Time went on, and the author, let’s call him Ghostwriter, got second thoughts about the whole things, and wasn’t happy about how things were turning out, for very reasonable reasons.
I removed all poems since.
A few days ago, I was offered another poem to post (Her Photo Album), and I published it blocking comments. But it wasn’t enough… And I recognize it now.
I don’t think I am a bad person, but I am not always the sharpest tool in the box. I hoped that after seeing how you liked his work, Ghostwriter would let me tell you exactly who wrote these words, that touched so many….
I’ve been stupid, while Ghostwriter worked to help me keep a regular flow of posts in The Cove in times I lacked time and/or inspiration.
I also recognize that some of you were drawn to The Cove by Ghostwriter’s words, not mine.
I am sorry.
All the posts still public in the Cove, except the reblogs and a couple of testimonies well identified as other people’s work, are my words and my words only. I’ll keep “Her Photo Album” online, with proper credits to Ghostwriter.
Again, I appologize to all of you for my clumsy, stupid mistakes. To you all, and most of all to Ghostwriter.
I am sorry…