Apologies for my almost 3 month absence of posts. Also apologies to the folks who’ve left comments during this time…they have just now been approved. I had no intention of leaving you hanging…I just haven’t been able to bring myself to login as I’ve been in a conflicted place about this blog.
Right about the time of my last post it was brought to my attention that a woman in the “community” was not just using and modifying the On Ramp for use in her gym with her clients. She started writing and publishing articles and speaking on “community” radio shows about the On Ramp as if it were her original work. Her website even had the nerve to say: “All content is my original work.” “Content that is borrowed and revised will say so.” Hmmm….doesn’t appear to be the case.
There are other former members of the “community” who’ve had similar experiences with “community” folks pinching their original content TO THE LETTER. I guess as they say, “mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery”. Perhaps that is true…but it’s also really annoying and frustrating. People put hours and hours into the work they create to HELP people…not to have them pinch it as their own work.
My only intention in publishing the On Ramp originally was to help other microgyms succeed faster. And I guess over the last couple of months I’ve just not been feeling very much like helping.
I’m not sure if all organizations once they reach a certain size also acquire the sort of bravado and arrogance that the one I’m speaking of has acquired…but it seems some of the poison is leaking down the ranks. Open source in the context of this “community” when it was in it’s nascent phase once meant “Hey, what do you think about this?” Or “let’s try this and see if it works better than that.” Now that it’s grown to the testosterone injected teenager that it is it appears to mean “I’m a part of this thing you’re a part of so give it up to me.” Or, “I just joined and I have no f*ing clue what I’m doing, but I’m a badass so I’m going to take your shit cuz you’ve been doing it longer.”
So I’ve just been doing my own thing…and have had a serious disinclination to write and share much the last few months. Instead I’ve been helping and consulting with people I consider friends as well as a local MMA gym…and you can thank both Robb and Megan from Level 10 in Oroville for kicking me in the fanny and bringing me back to the surface.
Fortunately there are always more ideas coming. And in fact I’ve got a few fun projects up my sleeve myself…one of which is re-working this blog.
Have a great Sunday!