I never meant to hurt anyone when I started this blog so many years ago, but by now a lot of you have probably heard in vicious detail from other sites who the personality behind this site really is. I feel the need to explain myself here so that my life can get back to normal.
When I started this blog, my dad used to come home from work with stories about this guy names Jon Dyer who cracked jokes and seemed to think of himself the leader of some corporate resistance movement. He used to frustrate the shit out of my father, but I thought the stories were funny.
Then about eight years ago, he just quit. No explanation, no more stories, and a very happy dad.
Soon after, I had an English assignment at UConn (Go Huskies!) to write a diary from a character’s point of view, so my roommate suggested that I write a blog as if I actually were Jon Dyer. It was a harmless assignment, and I thought it might be fun.
By the time the assignment ended, that little Blogspot blog had unexpectedly snowballed into something a lot larger, and I found that I couldn’t let go of the character I had created. I began throwing real details (such as him quitting his job) in with the fiction, and before I knew it, he had a girlfriend, a baby, and a beach house.
I enjoyed the popularity until recently, when I got a note from the real Jon Dyer. He had found out about the site, and the fake Facebook profile (as well as most of the other fabricated social networking profiles), and suggested that the site was akin to identity theft. He asked that I take the site down before he was forced to take legal action.
I was afraid this day would come, but with the millions upon millions of blogs in the world, I didn’t think that this one would ever be popular enough that someone would make a connection between my character and the real person that it was based upon.
After explaining myself to Jon (and apologizing a LOT!), we came to a compromise. Dyers.org will remain up, but it will have to shift focus. The archives, unfortunately, will have to be shut down, and all the social profiles will be transferred to Jon’s control. As part of the agreement, I also have to tell you emphatically that the Jon Dyer that you’ve been reading for the last few years is almost entirely fabrication, born in the mind of a college student who didn’t know any better, and eventually, an adult who did.
Even though I’ve enjoyed all the reader feedback on characters like Jon, #1GF!, ROCKET CAR!, and the robot, what I have done is wrong. I’ve mislead you, the reader, and I’ve created unintended problems for the real Jon Dyer (as he said, “Try getting a date when people think you’re already living with a woman and have a baby at home.”).
I’m sorry for creating trouble for a seemingly nice guy, and for misleading you, the reader. I never meant anyone harm. I’m not sure what the future of this blog can really be, but I hope that you can forgive me.
The artist formerly known as Jon Dyer