It is my opinion that when one assumes the role of community leader (in any community) one forfeits all rights to public opinion - personal or otherwise. I feel safe in saying, I'm not alone in this thought.
This year's Vivi Awards are supposed to be a community-wide supportive event where we can promote journals we like and recognize them for their uniqueness. This gives many of us a chance to read journals we might not have otherwise found on our own. So far, I've read quite a few new-to-me journals that I'm enjoying, based on the public nominations alone.
And we've only just begun.
I would like to remind everyone (myself included) that the awards are named after a valuable member of our community who started it all. Someone we all know and love. Seriously, is there one person who can honestly say, "Vivian who?"
I didn't think so!
So in the spirit of the community and for the sake of the awards, I urge all of us to stop reading the personal opinions of those running the show. Since one in particular refuses to hear my plea and continues to add fuel to a fire, it's up to the rest of us to keep this community together. Differences and all. Just like Vivian started!
Let it go and have fun. Why else bother?
Let's remember : "VIVA LA VIVI"