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One of those mornings...
Posted May 19, 2010 - 9:54:13

The Universal Trae is a Jerk pictureI woke up this morning to find a diatribe in my Facebook private messages folder. It was all about how I'm a jerk and how I'm such a terrible selfish person. Apparently all I do is sit around thinking about myself, and that I'm alienating new people who join the staff of my much beloved convention. I've been informed that I have a big head, how I have too much power, and how his friends are under attack by "egotistical d*cks"

Now, I'll debate the selfish part until the end of the earth. Honestly, that's the only part that really offended me. I don't believe that I am egotistical or big headed, but I understand how someone who doesn't know me might end up with that perception. As for the rest... I guess it could be true. Mind you, I don't *think* it's true, but y'know, maybe I'm a bit harsh.

It's not the first time I've been called a jerk, and it likely won't be the last. I honestly think I'm sort of used to it by now.

I could repost it for you, but there isn't really a point. Mostly it's a big "YOU'RE A BIG MEANIE!" in rant form. I find a hard time taking it seriously though because of who it came from.

Seriously, I find myself more dumbfounded than anything else, since the person who posted it has pissed off over half the staff this last year with the stunts he pulled, and is known to throw tantrums when things don't go exactly as he wants them to.

If there were a more pot/kettle situation possible, I can't really think of one.

So this is my message to you: If you're going to randomly, out of nowhere write me an angry diatribe, please take the time to look at yourself in the mirror first and make sure you aren't describing yourself. It will save all of us time and energy.

Honestly, I've got more important stuff going on right now, and don't have time to really give a crap about how you're angry on behalf of someone who's mad on behalf of someone else's mother's sake or whatever the heck you're talking about.

Right now, more people can stand to be in the same room as me than can stand to be in the same room as you, so even if you're right and I am a massive jerk, you might want to do some self analysis before you try to become the voice of a people you really don't understand yourself.

Okay? Okay.
- Traegorn

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This reminds me of all those times I got hate mail on all the forums I've been on and I just shrugged it all off. And they once use to hurt me a lot and make me think bad about myself but now I have come to terms that it's just their issues.
You're just mad because you are, in fact, a meanie.
Ahh con-drama where would be without you?
Wow Trae. You told me to keep issues private, yet you post them to your blog.

Seems like everything everyone says about you is true. No, it is not ok. I have had no problems in the past at all. I have created no dramatic incidents in the past. I have thrown no tantrums in the past.

I was treated unfairly THIS YEAR, and it had everything to do with problems I was having with THIS YEAR's staff. You are damn right I threw a fit. You may know some people who are afraid to stick up for themselves. I am not one of them. So why don't you just remove this blog post before this gets ugly.

I am not saying everyone is weak, but I am saying that I will stick up for myself.

No, it is most certainly NOT OKAY.
Dude -- the only people who know who I'm talking about are people who ALREADY KNOW.  I didn't reveal who you are, and I don't mention anything specific.

If you can't see the difference in what I did here and what you did (and have done in the past), then I can't begin to describe how ignorant you are about what other people think of you.
Dear "the guy who this blog is about"

1. No one whould have known it was about you for sure if you hadn't have announced it so loudly on Facebook.

2. You are throwing a tantrum.. or rather you are acting in such a way that just proves Mr. Dorn's point all to clearly.

3. In the future when something like this happens before you act on how you feel stop, calm down, then act.

 Sometimes not responding is the best response.
bullshit there are enough clues in here that everyone who knows whats going on figured out who it was
...but if they know what's going on, then they don't need to be told.

Kind of a flaw in your logic there.
I don't care if they know who I am. I am standing up to you. That is all that matters. Someone has to do it. You deserve it.
Yeah, actually you are really not that funny, Trae.
I don't honestly know what you think you're standing up against.  I am not a tyrant.  I am not ruining anyone's life.  For the most part, I leave other people alone.  What on earth is there to stand up to?

Yes, I used you as an example in my blog -- but a generic one who I didn't identify.

I wrote this as a general rant about people who hurl insults at someone when the same could be said about themselves.  That's it.  I often use things from day to day life to write broader editorials in this space... it's the entire purpose for it.  It helps me think, and if anyone else reads it or identifies with it, I think that's actually a good thing.  If I didn't succeed in the general message, then that is my failure as a writer, not as a human being.

You'll notice how I acknowledge how someone could come to the criticisms made about me.  I understand how I can look to other people quite well, I'm just at a point in my life where I know that the friends I have who like me, like me.  That's all I need.

We've argued this to death in a more private setting, and it's clear that you aren't actually hearing what I'm saying.  I understand that I come off as antagonistic at times, but I really don't think you're reacting to this in a logical manner.  I think you're reacting emotionally, and I'm sorry you aren't willing to engage in a discussion beyond telling me what you think is wrong with the image you have of me in your head.

Trae Dorn
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