I used to really enjoy going to DS. I have been a member longer than I care to admit.
It was a place that I went to for support and love from other moms. My life is extremely busy at home. I home school my children; I choose not to vax; I am a crunchy mama in a non-crunchy area. I struggle to find somewhere to fit in, in this main stream society. DS was the place that I could go to have “contact” with other moms who are like me, and even some who aren’t.
I have shared my losses, my joys, my births, miscarriages, woes and loves with other moms and dads at DS. I had what I would consider an extended family there. Many of my actual family was even there, not just people whom I had never met.
Sadly, over the last few years DS began to change. The moms with whom I had relationships were banned, left, or made new boards.
Then, DS was sold to Lee Dodd. DS became a money making machine. Once Lee Dodd was in control, ads popped up, porn ads were everywhere, more rules and regulations, slower running times, problem after problem.
My fellow blogger and I started this site to try to have some fun and stay connected to DS. Before we started writing on the blog I was finding myself more and more distant from my once “friends”; I was seldom visiting and even more seldom posting. I missed what used to be there. This blog was allowing me to reconnect and find some joy in the site that I once loved.
This past 2 days has been unbelievable to me.
I don’t know what upsets me the most, the random bannings, for “no reason” or at Lee Dodd’s descression… or the fact that the “wool” has been pulled over so many eyes.
Here we are, being site supporters. (yes even me). We were funding this site that we so loved and wanted to thrive, while the owner didn’t need us to, and beyond that, he is actually lining his pockets with the funds seeing as he makes more than a million dollars a year from running forums like DS. I struggle some months to feed my family, and while I didn’t give a lot, I did give money that would have obviously been better spent elsewhere.
My faith in DS has completely wavered and is gone. I have lost my home and friends. I will return to DS, but no longer to be friends and have relationships or even to sell my diapers and other items. I will be there only to blog.
Lee Dodd is not someone whom I wish to support in any way.
He is a bigot. He is a liar. He is a thief in my eyes. I cannot continue to partake in supporting something like that.
I promise not to get all YAGE-like or be whiney again. But the last few days have really weighed heavy on my mind. I just really wanted to ask you all:
Where has the DS that we all used to know and love gone? Where?