Last week, I was in a bit of a quandary, as I wondered if perhaps my posts were becoming too dark, to depressing, and readers might prefer that I try to lighten up a bit. So I put out a post asking for suggestions, opinions, anything to help me ‘take the pulse’ so to speak, of those who honour me by reading my blog.
I want to take a moment to tell you all that I am humbled beyond belief by the outpouring of positive comments. Since I posted that on Saturday, I have received so much support … some of your comments brought tears to my eyes (the good kind) and others made me grin ear-to-ear. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
I gave much thought to the direction of my blog. When I first started writing this blog, I was writing primarily book reviews and started the blog as an additional venue for my reviews. I am not really sure how it evolved into what it is today … it seems to have a mind of its own and just found this path! When I decided to expand from book reviews and the occasional pithy mind-wandering post, my goal was to write about social injustices around the globe. And I have done some of that … I was seeking my niche, I think. And then came June 2015, when a man whom I have always found to be disgusting threw his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential race. At first, I wrote about him because I saw his candidacy as a joke, so I mocked and wrote satirical pieces. Then it became obvious that he was being taken seriously, and my writing began taking on a new life … a darker course. And here we are today, nearly two years later.
A combination of my own soul-searching and the wonderful comments I received have convinced me that I am on the path I need and want to be on, for now anyway. It is not really a matter of whether I want to change the things I write about or my tone … it is a matter of I cannot. I am what I am, for better or for worse, and right now there is so much wrong that I cannot even cover it all in two posts a day. I think that, in part, my writing about it is rather a vent, an outlet, that keeps me from imploding with frustration over the things I see and hear every day. Certainly I hope that somewhere along the line, I am able to remove the blinders from those who think the current state of affairs is okay. I have been called a cockeyed optimist, and perhaps I am, for I continue to believe that if those of us with good consciences, good values, keep on fighting this fight, eventually the rest of the nation will “wake up and smell the coffee”. So that is why I do what I do.
To those who, from time to time may find my topics a bit too much … I hope you will still pop in on Monday mornings, and I do hereby solemnly swear that I will continue to keep politics out of Monday mornings and do my level best to see everybody off to work with a smile on their face!
During the past year-and-a-half I, like probably many of you, have lost a number of friends due to my political views and my unwillingness to compromise my values. But for quite some time I have felt that I gained new friends through my blog. Today I know that is true … I have many new friends and I am deeply grateful for each and every one of you! Thank you again for your support, kind words, and for sticking with me. Hugs to all!