Before I respond to everyone individually, I feel the need to let you know my privacy has not been infringed upon. There was a small incident that brought these thoughts to the forefront - so I expressed them. Please know, if I feel uncomfortable with something, I will let you know personally. I have in the past. And I will continue to do so. I believe communication is key to a healthy, happy community.
That said, I'd like to make a couple of other things more clear.
Some of you have my full name posted in your journals, linking my website. I am not offended nor do I feel violated. I am honored to be displayed with such prominence. It's a privilege! And I thank you.
I also don't mind that some of you refer to me as my true name in AOL-J. I was merely making an observation. When I visit other journals - journals that are new to me - I refer to the journaler as their appointed name. Some of you post your name in your About Me section. Some leave comments and sign your name. I return that respect by referring to you as you are introduced to me.
My point [though not very clear - sorry, foggy brain] is to say, please check with me before posting personal information. And I will do the same. For example, a conversation, an email, a picture, names of friends.
I'd also like to say, if I have violated this, my own personal code of ethics, please bring it to my attention. We all make mistakes, sometimes with the greatest intentions. There's room for error. It helps us grow. That's what makes us strong individually and as a community.
I cherish the relationships that have been cultivated through AOL-J. I feel supported and challenged to grow. I value each and every one of you.