Peace and Lies

It turns out I am not the only innocent writer being blackened by lies of being a spammer. A friend, the woman who started the Blog4Peace movement, had her site removed by Blogspot for being spam. She’s fighting it, of course, and I hope she has more luck with Google than I did with Facebook. After almost two years of protesting and letter writing, FB still claims my blog is spam. Luckily, all they can do is prevent me from posting my blog link on their site, a ban I get around by copying the link to another blog, and then posting that blog link on FB. I wouldn’t even do that but several people like to see the link in their feeds, and besides, some friends I only “see” on FB.

My peace blogging friend, on the other hand, had to create a whole new site, then replace the defunct URL with the new URL on all fifteen years worth of postings. Ouch.

I had to do that when my original publisher changed websites. Took me months to replace all the URLs on my various sites as well as individual blog posts. (His IT person lied and said they couldn’t do a redirect, but she was just too lazy to do it.) When he did the same thing a few years later, I  gave up and did what every other author does — used the URL for my books on Amazon. At least that URL never changes.

As I have learned, the internet gives and the internet takes away. I did as my friend asked and edited my post about blogging for peace to reflect her new site. I am also posting the information here, so if you want to join us in blogging for peace on November 4, all you have to do is:

  1. Choose a graphic from the peace globe gallery from the photos on Facebook!/BlogBlastForPeace/app_153284594738391 Right click and Save. Decorate it and sign it, or leave as is.
  2. Send the finished globe to
  3. Post it anywhere online November 4 and title your post Dona Nobis Pacem (Latin for Grant us Peace)

Sounds cool, doesn’t it? See you on November 4!


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

2 Responses to “Peace and Lies”

  1. Estragon Says:

    “At least that URL never changes.”

    Never is a really, really long time. On the internet, Tuesday might be a long time. I’d count any URL changing at some point and have a plan for when it does.

    Sometimes I wonder if future historians or archeologists are going to refer to this as the “link-rot” era. Stuff happened, but they don’t know what it was because the URLs are all dead. Even in the present it bugs me. A widow/er site I followed “upgraded” their site a while back, and in the process nuked many years worth of member contributed content. I found that content quite useful, and think others in the future might as well. It almost certainly could have been migrated (I likely could have done it myself), but…

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      What a tragedy to have lost all that valuable content, content that can never be replicated because all those people have probably “migrated” beyond those particular feelings, thoughts, impressions because grief is ever changing. (Just like the internet.)

      I suppose I shouldn’t have said “never.” I’m just glad that for now, I don’t have to worry about changing all those links.

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