I take a step back from blogging and what happens? Mud gets slung, we travel back in time to the days of Star Trek when it was actually watched and name calling ensues. What are y’all drinking, people, because it takes some serious balls for many of those involved to say the things that were said and then step back and continue to call themselves experts. Go to time out, people. Or as my dear friends and I have agreed to: The Shuddup and Blog movement.
Remember blogging? We told stories. We laughed together. We cried together. We joined together to support each other in our writing and in our personal lives. We gathered to share ideas and blogging topics. We were a community. Not out to slash each others’ blogging throats. We were not out to out do each other in our doing right, doing good and doing things the way they “should be done” according to a jury of YOU. Sure, things got ugly when blogger A didn’t like blogger B and said something nasty. But we never felt the need to call each other out, call each other names or call each other unethical.
I own my words. My opinions are not for sale. My integrity is in tact. And? I do not have to tear anyone down to back up my own opinions. Sure, I do reviews and if I do, it is because I like the product. I do not do the reviews for money, gift cards or the incredible fame it brings me. (Ha!) If I don’t like a product or the company behind it, I won’t do it. It is that simple. If I feel strongly about it, I may explain why *I* cannot do it but I do not feel it is my place to tell *you* what to write about. For some, they have the words for it, the passion for it and they truly feel it is important to share what they know and/or disagree with about certain companies or policies. That is them. This is me.
Wow. There is a tangent i didn’t mean to go off on tonight. See what happens when I ignore the Interwebs for a while?
So, yeah, life has decided to kick my butt lately and I have put blogging way back on the back burner. I’ve been taking care of my family, working on the books, volunteering, and basically trying to play catch up with life. I feel like I am constantly playing catch up. Yet, even with all of that going on, I have such peace in my life this year, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m happy. Content. In a great place in my life. One way I’m going to work on getting the blogging habit and mojo back is to do the challenge that many bloggers are taking up. It’s a way to really reach inside and dig deep into your heart and soul and answer some tough questions. Can I open up that fully knowing I have people here–right here in my every day life– who would love hearing anything bad about me and who celebrate my every downfall, hurt or failing? Am I willing to open myself up knowing people like that may be reading? Yes. Because they have no power over me. No one controls how I feel about me, my life or my decisions except me. Me. Tomorrow I will start this. Join me if you’d like or come back in 30 days. My goal is to do this every day and in the evening catch up on other types of blogging as well. We’ll see. I’m not going to jump in promising the moon when I may not reach that far. But I am going to try!