Sharing Controversial Opinions

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m writing this blog.  What do I want to share?  What do I want out of it?  I certainly don’t write for money or status.  I haven’t shared this blog with many of my friends or family.  I tend to write mostly personal posts about experiences I’ve had or things I enjoy.

I rarely (if ever) post controversial opinions.  I do have them though.  🙂  I also don’t post often sharing strong feelings.  I was talking about this with my husband a while ago, and I told him I’m not sure I’m ready to have the internet judging my beliefs and opinions.  Sure, my blog is a tiny drop in the “series of tubes” that make up the internet.  On the other hand, all it takes is one google search to land here.  I’m not sure that I want to put strong opinions out there and end up feeling like I need to defend what I share on my blog with people I don’t know and probably will never know.

Annie at PhD in Parenting wrote a post a couple weeks ago that caused me to question my decision to keep my thoughts on the more controversial (for lack of a better word) topics in my head as opposed to sharing them here or really anywhere else either.  On the one hand, I don’t generally have a writing style that lends itself to advocacy of one issue or another.  On the other hand, if I keep my opinions to myself, it tends to allow those who speak the loudest to seem like they are the majority.

When I was writing my breastfeeding blog, I rarely said anything that was controversial or a hot topic.  I knew friends and family read my blog, and I was afraid of what they might think about something I said on the blog.  When I was telling this to Jason, I realized two things.  First, I realized that if I can’t share my opinions I obviously don’t believe in them very strongly.  Second, I realized that if I can’t share my opinions this isn’t really *my* blog.

So, I’m taking a leap.  It may not happen very often, but I’m going to try to open up and be more authentic about what I post here.  I’m going to try to share things that really are important to me and things I know not every one agrees with.  Wish me luck!

Comments

  1. Whew! November got the best of me, so I’m finally getting a chance to catch up on blogs. Anyway, I think that as women we are often taught to be meek because those who speak up are considered mean (though in much stronger terminology). So it’s hard to make ourselves speak up. I say, though, that this is your blog, and if you want to have strong opinions, then go for it. Of course, if you want to write controversial posts and don’t want to share them with people you know, then make a new blog and keep it anonymous. No one will know it’s you, and you can vent all you want. 😀

  2. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂 I have *tons* of strong opinions, but most of them are kept quietly inside. Hopefully that will change.

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