by Marjorie Mcdonald August. 09, 2016 1865 views

I'm saddened by the loss of my original online family home. I liked the diversity of the various blogs. Like old houses on a well established street, each one had character. Some were quirky and cool, and I loved stepping in to visit friends and have a cuppa. Others I knew got rowdy, but they were entertaining. Colourful. Some were places where my ideas and preconceptions were sure to be challenged, and I welcomed that. Sometimes there were neighbour spats, and sometimes they played out in public. Most often the storms would blow over.  It was a neighbourhood I fit into. My first tribe. I got my photographic feet wet here, tried out new things, learned a lot, but after trying, and waiting, and watching this new platform and how it's being developed, it seems the time has come to move on. The family home is gone, the old neighbourhood razed to make way for new and improved subdivisions. Now every yard is the same, and there's a neighbourhood watch in place to make sure the garage doors are all painted the same unoffending colour. 

I hate conformity, and I would never choose to live in a place where it's celebrated.    

Enjoy the crickets.

By IDuke (this edited version: Sting) - Edited version (sharpness, contrast and saturation) of File:Markham-suburbs_id.jpg, CC BY-SA 2.5,


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Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm gone too Marjorie - last post today!
See you on the scrabble board! Mxx

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 4 years, 6 months ago

So sad to see this family of people slowly disappearing, many of my old friends haven't posted since the changeover and I know more will leave John (timepeace) and myself can accept change but not for changes sake, things might have had to change but not this drastically....he has not been able to post since day1 and now feels that he just doesn't want to after watching me trying to use the new platform.

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 6 months ago

Seems to me the new neighborhood (Google+) also has watchdogs.
This is from

"Sexually Explicit Material

Do not distribute sexually explicit or pornographic material. Do not drive traffic to commercial pornography sites.

We do allow naturalistic and documentary depictions of nudity (such as an image of a breastfeeding infant), as well as depictions of nudity that serve a clear educational, scientific, or artistic purpose.

Note that your Google+ profile photo cannot include mature or offensive content. For example, do not use a photo that is a close-up of a person’s buttocks or cleavage."

So what is different in this policy and the policy we have?

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 6 months ago

Good luck....

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 6 months ago

Hi Marjorie, I am sure the neighborhood watch is here to protect members from posts such as these
You are a mother, right? Would you want your children to come and look at these? This was sent to me by the children's camp parent who use this blog.

Your other "homes/neighborhoods" do not allow such posts either. Try posting above on Google+ or Facebook. I am sorry, but I don't like the double standards.

There are a lot of people who are plotting against the changes but if PB is to survive it must change for the better.

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sept7 Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 6 months ago

I am father ... and grand father ... could be mother and grand mother ...
Peter-naakt is not my cup of tea (tasse de thé - as said in France) ...

About *Bucks Rock Photo Blog*I add that as father and grand father, I never allowed children's camp (or school) directors to publish any photo of my family without being protected by a pasword ... A close group account on facebook (or elsewhere) in more appropriate (and secure) for that ...

But I am no more than an old French concerned by thought about Freedom of speeching , right of image and overall rights of children who cannot imagine their photos can be uploaded from this blog without any care about the use can be done by twisted spirits ...
Today lost my enthusiasm for thr new pb too . :((

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marjorie Mcdonald Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 6 months ago

I refuse to take the "protect our children" bait.

You are deluded, there is not plot against changes. The fact that you remove posts that you deem are part of that plot is proof of that. Voices of dissent make some uncomfortable. It's your site, and you can run it as you like. In the end, what I or others think about your approach doesn't matter. I had your back, until the attacks became personal. Your ability to stay professional and at arms length is seriously compromised, and I don't see it getting any better. So I'm out.

4 years, 6 months ago Edited