Thank you all for the wonderful support of Before We Say I Do and my short story release. It was an amazing week, and I can’t thank you enough for supporting me along the way. ❤
Now, to the “other matters” this blog post needs to address. Some of you may have heard or realized, but on January 13th, WordPress temporarily suspended my blog. They said this when I emailed them about my suspension: “Hi there,
Thank you for getting in touch. Your site was flagged by our automated
anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the
We greatly apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused.”
The only reason that I think they would do this is because apparently it’s a violation to have “Book tour blogs: Blogs that consist primarily of pre-written publicity material, as opposed to original book reviews, for
the purpose of promoting books and driving traffic to other promotional
and giveaway sites.”
Really? I mean, seriously? Who does that? Why would this be a problem? I share people’s books because I WANT to. I’m doing it to help them, and so, I have an issue with WordPress deciding that it’s wrong for me to help my friends out.
And that being so, I’m considering transferring to another blog. I love WordPress. Their format, their style, and all is so much better than Blogger to me. I could stay here, but I’m not sure I could deal with possibly losing all of my followers if they decide to screw me over again.
So – as of right now – I’m only going to be sharing blog tours that I’ve committed to, and then I’ll go from there. No unsolicited review requests or blog tour requests will be accepted at this time. I’m terribly sorry. Until I can figure it all out, I’ll be sharing some things over on my Blogger site http:ebarnes23.blogspot.com
Please go and follow that blog, too. I can’t bear losing all of you! I’ve worked so hard to establish myself through this blog since I began it back in 2010 or 2011. The thought of moving over is very saddening, indeed. I’m sorry for the trouble it may be causing YOU as well, but I can’t see myself staying when something that I want to is considered a “violation.”
I urge all of you to be careful what you post on your blogs on WordPress as well. As far as I can tell, it’s okay if your a self-hosted site, but I’m not. I have considered doing it, but right now, I’m not going to.
Please follow me over at blogger. I don’t want to lose you guys!