WELCOME TO SUNDRIP JOURNALS
Thanks for visiting. I am happy to have you here and hope you return often. Let me give you a short description about the author of this journal and the main topic of discussion. This journal is about the life of an African-American woman with many characteristics and qualities that you might find in yourself. You may not have Dissociative Identity Disorder aka Multiple Personality Disorder but we may have other things in common like an appreciation for good conversation, nice social interaction, spiritual connection and good food. Like many people I have long and short term goals, aspirations and dreams and a life purpose. I’ll write about these things but the main purpose of this journal is to track my healing and describe in detail what it’s like to live plural. This journal is about healing thought patterns, behaviors and the after effects of abuse. You may have experienced abuse yourself so you may find many things here apply to you. I hope that in this small spot of mine you will find something you can relate to even if you are not a survivor of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. I bet there is at least one thing you and I have in common. I’m willing to find that common ground and willing to listen and learn about your personal walk in life.
As I write there are a few things my readers need to know. Please take the time to read my thoughts on comments and other things you’ll need to know before continuing to visit this journal.
I’ve seen journal authors host images that say, “My Journal. My Rules” or “You clicked in, you can click out.” I won’t go that far but I will say that on this journal I ask that you write in such a way that your words can be heard. If you have something controversial to say make sure you say it so that your point can be heard and not written in such a way that offense overrides your view point. Even the most controversial thoughts can be conveyed with tact and concern for those hearing your views. If you really have something you want others to hear and you take the time to type it all out, make sure you don’t waste your time by silencing your possibly valid point with offensive speech. I am interested in your opinion even if it does not agree with mine but I won’t be continually offended in my own “house”. I only ask that you treat me and other readers with the decency they deserve.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you decide you would like to comment.
- I am not perfect and neither are my entries. When it comes to comments, perfection is not required but courtesy is. You’re a guest in my online home. Please behave as such and I will be the best host possible.
- If you comment leave a name, any name. If you cannot leave a name, any name I’d prefer you didn’t say anything at all. If you can’t own it then why would you expect your words to be given any weight at all? Handles or blog names are used to hide true identity for internet safety reasons so to use one is not an insult. If you comment please leave a name, any name or leave the comment section blank. Own it or leave it alone. Also, it is often difficult to distinguish one anonymous reader from another. You are not required to leave a valid email address or link back to your website. If you don’t want to leave a valid email please type in firstname.lastname@example.org or some other fake email address.
- If for some reason you can’t be courteous and you habitually leave offensive comments I’ll exercise my right to delete your comments and ban you from commenting at all. WordPress has a feature that will allow me to put your handle or IP address on moderation. From there I can delete your comment. If you say to yourself, that won’t stop me you might want to ask yourself why on earth it is so important for you to be such a nuisance here. I may also edit comments for content.
- When commenting be advised that several college students and professors read this blog on a regular basis. Your comments may be read, discussed and/or included in research projects and dissertations.
All questions but one are welcome. The only question that I refuse to answer is how many alters do you have? The answer to that question has no relevance to the contents of my journals. If regular visitors are keeping count of all the names to rack up some sort of number you’ve missed the whole purpose of this journal. It’s not about the numbers but about life with DID and how someone who survived abuse manages things on a daily basis.
MODERATION FOR IDIOTS
The amount of stupid people on the web has increased making moderation necessary.
For this reason an extensive list containing racial slurs and sexually explicit terms has been compiled so that any post containing such terms will be flagged and held for administrative approval or denial. NO RACIAL SLURS OF ANY KIND will be approved.
There must be peace on this blog. I will not host a blog with blog wars. Of course the scripture says “”As for me and my household, we shall serve Jehovah.”—Joshua 24:15 Joshua 24:15 but I find it necessary to reword this to say: As for me and my BLOG, We shall blog in PEACE. Austin 24:15. Therefore, if you can’t be peaceful you’ve landed on the wrong blog.
There are basic everyday words on the list of sexual terms that your comment may get flagged for but don’t be distressed, when I see that it is not an offensive comment I’ll push it through. The moderation setting is for idiots who insist upon sending comments that are intended to be pornographic. Some of the words that will be automatically caught by moderation are sex, rape and incest. One might be surprised how many spam comments come through this journal offering me links to sites that portray these actions. They will never show up on this journal. So, while the vast majority of readers leave reasonable comments there are some that may tend to leave comments that are mean and unacceptable. Those people really need help. Here is a very wonderfully expressed entry on how comments affect a blog as well as the atmosphere on the blog. This is a must read from Jon Dyer’s blog.
NO TRIGGER WARNINGS:This is a survivor’s journal so the main topic will be abuse issues. If you click on my link please make sure that you are in a space to be able to determine for yourself what you are able to read and remain safe. I can not second guess how anyone feels at every given moment so you won’t see trigger warnings on my posts. For me to put a trigger warning on an entry or to watch my every word so as not to trigger readers would make blogging a burden. If I were to watch every word and label things so as to make everyone happy I’d go gray before my time. Remember this is my journal, besides a full head of gray hair just wouldn’t look good on me right now. Gray hair and converse sneakers is not a good look I do mean to tell you.
CONSISTENCY- If you’re looking for a fluid journal where the author has her head on straight daily then this journal is not for you. If you are looking for an author that is reasonable all the time, you’re looking in the wrong place ‘cause that author isn’t here. I promise to be the typical DID and survivor. I’ll show strength and weakness, fear and bravery mixed with laughter and the every day blahs of life. I make few promises on this journal but one thing is for certain, I’m going to write with honesty. That’s the one consistency I can guarantee, honesty. Also, I write about my truths, not the truths of others. With this in mind I’ll keep the names of my friends and family members off the net. There is a list of people that I talk about regularly on my side bar. The list is called Characters in This Journal and identifies people by characteristics not by their legal name or nickname.
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In my little corner of the web what you read will be full of conflicting emotions. All of the emotions are valid no matter which alters name is signed at the bottom of the post. No matter whose name is signed all images and writings are copyright protected at Sundrip Journals. Please respect the copyright laws. If you have any questions please click here.
I’ll update this page if I think of anything else.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you find it enlightening, thought provoking and humorous.
Faith Magdalene Austin of Sundrip Journals