Friday, May 13, 2011

Make Some Noise

Cher tout le monde,

Everybody has a voice. This voice includes your opinions and interests. This voice tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This voice tells a story.

Everybody has a story to tell.

But, what happens when somebody steals your voice? They take a part of you with them. They take part of that story.

I almost had my voice stolen.

It has been over a week since I have written anything. I need to talk about the Teen Dance and the other amusing things that happened, but I was afraid of having my voice stolen more than it already has been.

This has been going on for at least a year now. Some people just cannot help themselves. They love my thoughts, opinions, interests, style, ideas, and more. They want to incorporate me into themselves. They cannot let me go. They are in denial and embarrassed, but they put themselves in a position to get caught. They cannot continue to make up excuses. This is ridiculous.

To be honest, I wanted to stop writing. I wanted to make my blog private and only available to select people. I decided this would be unfair, not only to me, but to everyone who properly uses my blog. I was heavily considering even deleting my blog, but then, I had an epiphany.

There will always be those disrespectful people, but for every disrespectful person, there is one that cares. I was informed of this today when somebody in real life told me that I have a story of interest to tell and I should do so. Plagiarism shouldn't stand in my way. There are people that care...online AND off.

For those who enjoy my blog and use the material properly, I want to say thank you for your continued support! I almost had that voice stolen, but because of those who care, I didn't let them take all of it. With what I have left, I want to tell those people to stop. Stop stealing my voice. Find your own. Grow! Do not allow yourself to be stuck in identity vs role confusion!

Again, thank you to those who care! Your love and support means a lot!

Bises,
Sabine

6 comments:

Juliette, Lucie et Claudette said...

Dearest Sabine,

We love you and support you. We love your unique qualities and your loyalty to everyone and everything you adore. We are so glad you decided to keep writing.

You inspire us to honor our French culture and find a way to blend our new homeland with our old one. We feel a strong connection to you, not just because you are French. We appreciate you for who YOU are. You are one of a kind, Sabine, and no one can steal your voice.

Keep up the blog, and don't become disheartened. You have a lot to offer and we look forward to many more years of posts from you!

Love,

Juliette (et Lucie et Claudette!)

Juliette, Lucie et Claudette said...

Dearest Sabine,

Please know that we love you and enjoy what you have to say on your blog. You are truly one-of-a-kind. No one can steal your voice. You have so much to share that we would hate to see you silence that true gift - that Sabine voice.

We've always felt a strong connection to you. Not just because you are French, but because you inspire us. You help us find a mix between our new city in the States and our home in France. You help us keep our culture alive.

Stay true to yourself and keep up with the blog. You should never be silenced.

Love,

Juliette, Lucie et Claudette L.

The Green Girls said...

Oh Sabine, this is so sad. Your voice is so unique! There's only one Sabine!

It's really awful that you have to worry about it being stolen. :-(

Hopefully you won't stop blogging, because you have such interesting things to say.

Hopefully the person who is copying WILL stop doing it, though. It's so much better to be an original.

And you ARE an original, Sabine, no matter who plays follow the leader.

Love,
The Green Girls

AGDollFriends said...

Sabine,
We're sorry to hear you've been upset. We love reading your blog! Claudette is your biggest fan (even if she won't admit it!). There are mean people everywhere, but don't let them stop you, show them they don't have any control over you at all.
We're glad you decided to keep writing!
Sending our love your way!

Emily said...

Sabine,

It's sad that there are so many immature people. Try not to let it get you down too much! I love you and your blog too much to see your passion destroyed by insecure people. Stay strong and loud!

Emily

Aurora said...

Sabine, I'm so sorry to hear that people are doing that to you. That must feel terrible!

I'm glad that you're going to continue blogging, though. If you'd stopped, it would be like those people had WON something over you, you know?

the one time someone used one of my images without permission, and I was super angry, Xander and Llinos told me that there was something that I could do in return. They helped me write up something called a DMCA take down letter to whatever site is hosting the content. Like, if someone used your photos in a youtube video, rather than email the person, you'd email youtube.