I began blogging during a very (!) rough period in my car accident recovery. I knew virtually nothing about the blogging world, but I stumbled into it anyway. Blogging provided me with a distraction from what I was going through. It also gave me a creative outlet. Writing and photography have been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. It's a joy for me to write Twenty Four At Heart.
Surprisingly, in time, blogging also provided me with an amazing community of readers, an online family (yes, many of my Internet friends are like family to me now), and many new wonderful "real life" friends.
Twenty Four At Heart has been a bright spot in my life. I love it here in my little corner of the Internet. I love the people who stop by and spend time here. I feel so fortunate to really, truly, have the best readers in the world.
I'm getting a lot of pressure regarding my blog.
No, I'm not talking about the deluge of PR people bombarding my inbox. They're easy enough to ignore.
I'm talking about people who feel it is my responsibility to write about whatever topic is important to them.
"You have a voice, you need to use it for xxx," they tell me.
Sometimes I hear this from people who are friends. Sometimes I hear it from people I know through the online community. Sometimes I hear it from PR/Advertising/Corporate Types. I've also heard it recently from Important Political Types.
Up until the past two weeks, it hasn't bothered me much.
Now, however, I feel like people are tugging on me, insistently, from all sides.
Some people are getting outright angry with me if I don't write what they think I should write about.
"This is my second request for you to address this topic," one angry email, sent from a political/media VIP, said recently.
I think I need to, publicly, set the record straight regarding Twenty Four At Heart.
I'm not a spokeswoman. Not here, not in this space.
I'm not a spokeswoman for people over the age of forty twenty four.
I'm not a spokeswoman for chronic pain patients.
I'm not a spokeswoman for beach lovers.
I'm not a political spokeswoman.
I'm not a spokeswoman for people who are horrified by health care in our country. (If I had the power to fix it, don't ya think I would?)
I'm not a spokeswoman for people who are cutting unhealthy carbs out of their diets.
I'm not a spokeswoman for camera equipment or sex toys either … even though I enjoy both of them quite a lot.
(Um, but not together … I don't enjoy the two of them together. Not that I care if you do, because whatever floats your boat is fine with me!)
I don't want you to pay me to "mention" the name of your product or company in one of my posts either.
So let me tell you what I will do in this space.
I will communicate, as honestly as possible, to my readers.
I will share pieces of my life – both highs and lows, as I see fit.
I will share my humor – snarky and sarcastic as it always is may be.
I will share my photos, which is often the exact same as sharing my heart sliced open on a plate in front of you.
I will share my disdain for the plastic, vapid, people I'm often surrounded by – and piss them off by doing so.
I will only mention products if I'm truly excited about them in my own life, or if they're part of a story in a post.
If I "get" anything for free and choose to write about it, my readers will know exactly what was provided to me.
I will never try to sway anyone politically. Twenty Four At Heart is not a political blog.
I will never do anything to damage my integrity with my readers.
All of the above, doesn't mean I don't care about your "cause." I may, in fact, care a lot about your cause. I may even be willing to help you with your cause in a different place or forum. What the above means is, this is my space and I won't be told by anyone what I "should" be doing with it.
You can't shame me, guilt me, or buy me to publicize your thoughts in my space.
If I have a voice, at this point in my blogging career, it's because I've always used it honestly.
I plan to continue to do so.
With all due respect,
If you want it written,
Write your own blog.
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