About a month ago Bryan Veloso let his woman post an ominous message talking in vague words about how something has happened with his site. When someone writes something like this it is natural for friends, fans and family to be worried and you could even see the worry on 9rules. We at 9rules emailed Bryan because we are always concerned when we read about something happening with one of our members. We got no response. So we emailed again…no response.
Then more and more people started to wonder what was going on with Bryan. Being worried even further I emailed Dan Rubin (his design partner I guess) to see what the deal is. Dan didn’t wish to give me any answers and I can respect that, but I still wanted to know what was going on. We still had no answer.
It even got to the point where 9rules members banded together to created a I Love Avalonstar site.
Then Bryan himself posted a message on his site and again it was vague. Again it played with the emotions of the people who look up to him. Again it kept people in the dark, but you know what? He could still Twitter that he was going to DDR. He couldn’t respond to emails or let people know that things are okay, but finding the time to do other things was not a problem at all.
Then we got the final message that his site would return on May 1. People looked forward to it. Then they had to wait. Wait some more and finally it launched. I could care less about the design. What I care about is the disrespect shown by him towards the people who worried. The disrespect shown towards the people who care. For some reason he gets the gold star for coming out with a new design, but for no reason has to apologize to anyone for the idiotic commotion he caused.
What’s even more sickening is that nobody has even called him out for it. Instead we get people patting him on the head telling him it’s okay that he isn’t happy with his redesign and we all have to fight personal demons (last I checked it was just a personal blog design, not a failed cure for cancer). What if someone in your life disappeared and only left vague messages and then came back only to tell you they have a new outfit?
Although Bryan is no longer in 9rules (no content can do that to ya) this has nothing to do with it. I’m sure he could care less whether he was in or not. This is about respect. This is about being a man and opening your eyes to the world. No doubt people will hate me for writing something about someone who is so loved, but I just don’t get it. This is a grown man acting like a child and loving every moment of the attention that he is getting and showing no respect to the people that got him to where he is at.
I noticed it a few days ago as well, my heart dropped when I found a plain white page, with a very vague explanation of where Bryan’s site has gone. I guess its one of those things that will keep us in suspense until we hear the bad news.
I’m going to take a wild guess, it wasn’t that bad because the message his wife/girl/fiance/whatever left was perfectly styled in that Veloso kind of way. I don’t write this out of anger towards Bryan, but out of disgust at the lack of respect afforded to everyone that reached a hand out to help him and was turned away.
The response, was nothing short of overwhelming. Emails, twitters, text messages, voicemails and even a website—all wondering about Avalonstar and making sure my family and I were alright. When I emereged, I got a glimpse of how much this community means to me, and how that bond is mutual. So to start off, I want to thank everybody that kept an eye out for Jen, the kitties and I and to everybody who helped me through this process.
Just for the record this past April, has been the longest month in recent memory. The reasons behind all of this have been ruled by rumor and speculation. However, with Avalonstar in its current state, I feel no need to communicate anything outside the bounds of what will be written today.
Thanks man, we really didn’t need you to communicate.
Making the decision to do what I did to Avalonstar proved to be one of the hardest of my career.
Open your eyes to the world young buck. It’s just a site and if that’s the hardest decision of your career, you ain’t been through shit in your life yet.
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Originally posted on May 4, 2007 @ 2:21 am