Lately I have had other things in my life take precedence over any online activities, the blog and Facebook included. I try to stay on top of what is going on by reading the comments on the blog that make it to my inbox but unfortunately many other comments get routed directly to my junk folder.
When Ayla first disappeared and I started following her case online I had an abundance of free time. Unfortunately as the case went on over the years with no conclusion and very little by the way of updates it became harder and harder to find something to write about that wasn't rehashing some point that had already been dissected a hundred times before, blogging about the case no longer was a top priority. It became clearer and clearer that the more one tidbit became discussed the more that got added to it and the original truth or fact became muddled somewhere. Sort of like the game of telephone. If that wasn't enough to cause frustration then the craziness of people started to show. The ones who claim conspiracy theories and coverups. Those who are interested more in sensationalism than the actual truth of what happened to Ayla. This case isn't going to be solved on a blog or online. It is IMPOSSIBLE to put a puzzle together when most of the pieces aren't available to you and many haven't even been shown to you. Why spend countless hours online responding to comments that are growing nastier and nastier in nature and adding more stress to your life? Under the guise of claiming you are doing this for Ayla? I call bullshit! Fighting on a blog and attacking either side of Ayla's family isn't helping Ayla. It isn't raising awareness for Ayla either. The majority of people who frequent the blogs are the same ones who have been here from the beginning. New people aren't flocking in droves years later to now help with Ayla's case. The only time there is an influx in visitors is when there is a news story or an article written in a newspaper and then after a few days most of those people go back to their lives only a few stay and wade through the personal attacks in the comments and the drama that is here on the blogs. The sad reality is that the blogs aren't here for Ayla, they are carried on so people with too much time on their hands can bicker back and forth about who is right and who is wrong and not one of those people will ever really know who was right and who was wrong until an arrest is made and the evidence becomes available during the trial.
I knew exactly why Jeff was closing United4Ayla and I was very close to following suit. It is embarrassing to have those new people who are brought to the blogs by a media article or story come to the blog looking for information regarding Ayla's case and read comments attacking either side of Ayla's family or just attacking other commenters because they are on their high horse and think they know it all. The blogs could have been a platform to raise awareness for Ayla. To use as meeting place for people to organize walks or vigils, to use to educate people on other missing children and to educate how ways to keep your child safe but alas it is too far gone now. So you want to know why I abandoned ship and didn't make time for the blogs amidst all else that was going in my life, that is why. Why Katie continues with the abuse I don't know. She is apparently a stronger person than I am. I wondered and waited for years to see if both sides would finally come together and realize that if you truly want justice for Ayla there is only one side and that is Ayla's side but the more comments I read the more apparent it is to me that for some this isn't about Ayla or anyone in their family but instead only about themselves and what is gratifying for them. Some apparently need the hate and the drama and the spiteful know it all attitudes to give them some satisfaction in their miserable lives and if you think I'm talking about you then I probably am.
So in closing, this is my opinion and we all know what they say about opinions... Just a forewarning, I don't have the time or the desire to answer comments attacking me or others or moderating comments so keep that in mind. It is easier for me just to hit delete on the whole blog and honestly my frustration level is sky high after reading some comments lately and may still do just that.