Withdrawal from the Race

To those keeping an eye on Best Photo Blog Polls to which I was generously nominated and included in Round 5, I would like to explain my decision to withdraw and apologize to everybody who voted for me and to people whose rating has suffered as a result of my withdrawal from the race.

My rating greatly upset one of the Round 5 contestants to the extent that he accused me of faking my results and verbally attacked me, which has made me very upset and sad so I decided to take myself off the poll.
I don’t want any bad experience to spoil my joy of blogging and interacting with some of amazing bloggers out there, nor do I need any more stress and attacks in my life that is stressful enough as it is.

I wanted to give the votes assigned to me to a great photographer and blogger on the Round 5 list, but I understand that that would imply manipulation of votes.
Once again a big thank you to my generous followers and voters.

Paula

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67 thoughts on “Withdrawal from the Race

    • Tom, I appreciate your words. They touched me really. I never entered myself into that contest and I was honoured and flattered. Now I just want to forget the bad experience and keep this blog as my safe place where I communicate with people I like 🙂 Grazie tanto.

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    • Yes, fight!

      It’s not about the competition anymore, it’s about your dignity. I understand if you don’t get back in there. I’m just tired of bullies and insecure, overly competitive dicks pushing people around unopposed.

      That’s just my two cents. I’ll shut up about it now.

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  1. Sorry to hear this. I just took a look at the link. I didn’t know this competition existed. Sadly, the premise is flawed, and this will just turn into a popularity contest because of personality, not because of quality of photography.

    I follow certain photo sites because I want to, not because someone else tells me I should.

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    • This is what I wrote on a friend’s blog – your words exactly 🙂 I did not know I was that popular. Anyway, I did not choose to be included in the contest, and I am much calmer now. I don’t need people hating me for scoring better than them… Thank you, Draco.

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  2. People who. Ritchie’s like that are those who often don’t have talent themselves. I love your photography Paula and believe you have a lot of talent. I am sorry that he has upset you.

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    • I can feel your support and it means a lot. I stopped thinking about reasons. The contest itself is not that big a deal, but it made me happy to see I was popular. Now I just want peace and quiet and peaceful people around 🙂

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  3. and that is why I’m not interested in entering of any such competitions as you always find one that cannot loose gracefully and starts this type accusations… such a pity people cant lose…

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear about your experience. In my opinion, it just lowers the esteem of the other blogger. I wasn’t aware of the contest, but I’m glad you’re not going to let one bully/very sore loser ruin blogging for you. I truly enjoy your blog and photos. Keep up the good work! PS: You’re the winner in the eyes of your followers! 🙂

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  6. Paula, it is sad that people throw in the towel because somebody is obviously very jeallous and, to be honest, unpleasant – It may be too late for you now to retract but next time, dont let negative people get under your skin. I do like your photography. Carina

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  7. You were accused of faking your results and verbally attacked?!? I must say that people take this blogging shit too seriously!
    Sometimes I just wonder what the fuck is going on inside the tiny little fucking brains of some people…

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  8. That is awful news. Whether you are on polls or not, I think you are one of the best photographers around, and your work inspires me to take more myself. I’m so glad you share your work here.

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  9. he’s the one who should be out! he must have felt threatened by your talent. You’re much wiser and stronger than the guy.
    you’ll have other wonderful opportunities to show your work, Paula, because your pictures are absolutely magnificent!

    Ne regrette rien! tu fais un travail fabuleux!
    bon courage pour la suite

    Jul’

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    • Salut Jul’. Je ne regrette rien, c’est vrai. Je suis un peu boulversee a cause de la mauvaise experience, mais je serai bien bientot. Tous mes remerciments pour ton soutien.

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  10. Remember what I said yesterday- “What do you care, what other people think (say)?” 😉 cheer up! or else, I might have to start cracking my stock of PJs( that’s a threat, BTW)! 😀

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  11. I don’t think this is what Otto had in mind at all in setting up these polls, and those nominated should just live with what the bloggers have voted on. So ridiculous that this has happened to you! There is an idiot in every crowd. Don’t let this bring you down, Paula!

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  12. This is sad, Paula, but I understand what you mean by trying to avoid more stress. Blogging is supposed to bring along positive emotions and not rubbish like accusations, offending etc. Your photos are really exquisite – you deserve to be on the top of all of the photo blog polls, most definitely!

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  13. I’m so sorry to hear about your bad experience Paula but am relieved to read you find comfort here in the positive and constructive interactions with your blogging friends. I always look forward to reading your new posts and admiring your photography!

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  14. Dear Paula – I’m so sorry! That must have been hurtful and stressful too! I love your photos and I’m so sorry you are pulling yourself out…….:-(
    Sending you a big warm hug and lots of love XXXX
    Thinking of you!!

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  15. Vaya Paula!
    No tenía ni idea de que este tipo de cosas podían pasar…
    Realmente hay gente rara que se escuda en el anonimato para molestar…
    No te preocupes..Sabes lo que vales..Y nosotros también…

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    • Querida Ilargia, Te agradezco mucho tus palabras. No era anonimo. Era un email de alguien que firmo, y no me importa irme (nadie me obligo) de la competicion, pero lo que me hizo dano y me aruino salud – (sufro de taquicardia y no necesito mas estress en mi vida) fue el mail lleno de insultos, acusaciones injustas. No dormia toda la noche y ayer casi me desmaye por agotamiento. Es tan injusto. A mi las competiciones, blog awards, estatisticas no me importan nada, pero mi paz si. Un abrazo, Paula

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  16. You are kidding, this really happened? Unbelievable! As though life isn’t tough enough without creating petty blog dramas, wow! So sorry to know Paula that this took place but trust that you have walked away with your head held high and dignity intact!

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  17. I am so sorry this happened to you Paula and yes, I totally agree with you. No one needs more stress in today’s life. Photography should be fun and not a competition. It’s in instances like this that I am so grateful that my photo’s are not good enough to be there with the professionals. 🙂
    You hang in there hon and don’t mind this blogger. It’s all just envy. 😀 *hugs*

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  18. Life sucks sometimes, Paula 🙂 I saw your well deserved nomination but not the follow up. Who needs it, and I’m sure Otto wouldn’t want this kind of thing going on either. I’m going back to Chris Rea. Do what you do so well and the hell with them, girl.

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    • It happened, and I am still trying to recover from it. Thank you very much, Uday. I did not mean to announce it on my blog, but I owed an explanation to all the people that voted for me. Thank you for everything….

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  19. Wow! That’s awful Paula! I didn’t know about this. It really is a shame that something that should just be for light hearted fun would turn into something mean spirited. I’m sure you did no vote manipulation and wish this didn’t even happen.
    Best,
    Phil

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