I am not here for a popularity contest. I am here to help vampires.
#Sanguinarius exists for vampire support and discussion, not as a
public relations channel for outsiders to see how fluffy and cute and
harmless vampires are supposed to be. I have seen and heard of the Ops
discouraging or attempting to squelch vampire-relevant topics (and sometimes
they discourage the topic in PMs) which they seem to think are unacceptable.
These issues are valid, and of real concern to those who are real vampires.
I do not expect anyone, ANYONE, who isn't a vampire to understand these
things. They may intellectually understand what is being said, but unless
they walk in our shoes, they cannot.
While I have absolutely nothing against Otherkin, the channel #Sanguinarius
is for VAMPIRES. NOT Otherkin. It's focus WILL be vampires, vampire
support, vampire topics, and vampire socialization.
Topics which will make non-vampires, psyvamps and others cringe, WILL
be allowed to be discussed. This includes controversial topics such
as the Beast, or feeding methods, for instance. Trying to shove it under
the rug will not get rid of it, will not make it any less real of an
issue. Shoving it under the rug WILL make it an issue that is not dealt
with. And problems that are not dealt with do not come to any sort of
positive resolution. The whole point of my channel is so that these
issues CAN be talked about. Just being able to talk about something
like that with others WHO UNDERSTAND, or go through the same problems,
temptations, etc., helps heaps towards getting it, or keeping it, under
control. But if one cannot talk about such decidedly "unsavory"
issues, topics and dealings, then they keep it inside, having nobody
they can share it with. Eventually, it will come out in unacceptable
ways, since they never were allowed to discuss it in the supposed support
channel, and find constructive ways of controlling and dealing with
In the old days, a stranger could come into the channel and would
open up to the channel, in the channel, and recieve support and help
from those in the channel. Now sometimes, when someone comes in, IF
they share anything at all, it is often ONLY in a cautious private message
to someone; they feel that they cannot discuss their issues IN THE CHANNEL.
That is not right. The environment that exists in the channel needs
to be good and conducive to support. THIS IS CHANGING BACK TO THE WAY
IT USED TO BE. This is not to say that people cannot have fun and joke
and squirrel around in there. Hell, that is half of what made the channel
so great in the past. Vampires felt they could be open and be themselves
and have fun and talk about what was on their minds and still be welcomed
and accepted. It's a place for vampires to be vampires.
And that is the way it is going to be again. I know not everyone is
going to be happy about this, and I might even end up losing the friendships
of a few people who have been longtime regulars. But I'm pursuing something
greater and more important than my own popularity.