Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Passion and Popularity

When I started writing my blog back in March, I knew that for the most part, I wanted it to be light and funny and to reflect my every day life. As I've continued writing, I've realized that part of reflecting my every day life is writing about things I'm passionate about.
Anyone who knows me would use the word passionate to describe me. There is no way you won't know my opinion on any given topic. That's just me and it's always been me.

I also know that being passionate is not always popular. I am fully aware that at times, my passion alienates people. People feel intimidated by how heated I get about certain topics and I can't say I blame them.

I've never been the most popular girl at school or the girl people would vote as most friendly. That doesn't mean I'm mean or disrespectful, but I know that some people perceive my passion as being unfriendly. I always listen to others' opinions and points of view and love to engage in a good debate. And I always have friends who are willing to do that with me.

One thing that I will always want for this blog is for it to truly reflect me. And I mean all of me. The passionate part. The funny part. The goofy part. The nerdy part. All of me.

I know that this may not be a popular way to blog. I know that this isn't the way bloggers typically gain readers. But honestly, I'm willing to sacrifice readers or followers if that means I am going to stay true to myself and to my values. I'm willing to have fewer followers if it means that the ones I do have are truly engaged in what I have to say and are willing to engage in a real discussion with me.

I often think of the blogging community like real life communities. There are the mommies, the fashionistas, the artsy girls, the popular girls, the quiet girls, the party girls. And just like in real life, I'm not sure I fit into any one of those categories exclusively and I'm not sure I want to. I just want to be me. I want to be a blogger who makes true connections with other bloggers who might or might not agree with me, but who are passionate just like me. So far, that's been my favorite part about blogging.

I hope that you will follow along as I continue to find my voice and my passions and that you'll share yours with me too. Tell me, what are you passionate about?

3 comments:

Nadine said...

Staying true to yourself is always the best idea. Glad to stick along for the ride while you share your passions!

Erica said...

I think passionate people are the ones you will find who make the biggest difference in the world. Writers, scientists, etc. are not typically associated with being 'popular', but they truly contribute to society in a big way. You're in good company. :)

Vashelle N. said...

"I know that this may not be a popular way to blog. I know that this isn't the way bloggers typically gain readers. But honestly, I'm willing to sacrifice readers or followers if that means I am going to stay true to myself and to my values."

Great philosophy! :) Thank you for following me, and I'm delighted to be a new follower of yours!