Over a week and a half ago I received some important documents. I was not expecting these documents because no one should have to expect to receive them.
The document layout a case against me. A certain person (not connected to Thanet blogging as far as I know) with a history of making false allegations has landed a bunch of pretty harsh ones at my door. To say this took the wind out of my sales would be to under state just how shattering this was.
I determined within 24 hours to write about this and it has taken me all that time to get myself ready to do so.
I have seen this person do this to other people and I have seen how upsetting it can be. I've advised them to keep calm and that the allegations would come to nothing. Every time the allegations came to nothing.
Nothing can ever prepare you for having it happen to you, though. It hit me like a ten ton truck and literally stunned me into inaction for a good few hours.
I have a bucket load of charities (especially the children's charities) that I have had and still have active involvement with and I have had to ask myself at what point do I sit down with the respective directors and say "this harsh stuff has been said about me"?
Do I keep silent and hope it goes away or do I speak out and proudly proclaim my innocence?
What of blogging and social media? How much do I say or how little? If I say nothing and the allegations spill outside the court arena as they have in the past will I seem guilty though innocent? If I say something and the whole thing is dismissed as I hope it will be do I look like a fool?
There is no winning in a situation like this.