It’s a strange animal, a blog. A diary that you allow the world to read. A diary, that oddly enough, people often want to tell you how to write. By it’s very nature a blog is a person’s own little space of the internet, where they are free to be as opinionated as they want.
The beauty of a blog is that no one is required to read it, so if the don’t like what the see, they can easily just stop reading.
Obviously, my opinions will inevitably be met with criticism, opposition, and in some cases, outright hatred. There are times when my thoughts may come out wrong, or my intentions are misinterpreted, but I have learned that I can’t worry about that.
I have realized that if I think “hmmm…what will ‘so and so’ think” as I am writing, it will paralyze me and keep me from sharing my opinions. I am determined not to neuter my writing in order to appease the masses.
My father in law gave me some great advice right as I started this blog:
“For as many vehement opposers you have, there are likely as many or more loyal supporters.”
As the CEO of a large ministry, he is no stranger to criticism.
There is something comfortable about being lukewarm…it keeps you out of hot water (ah, the pun), but it also stifles your influence. I will, absolutely, criticize certain organizations, foods, and companies. It’s just the nature of a health & wellness blog.
However, I hope to never come across as judgmental towards individuals. Some of my very best friends and family members disagree with my lifestyle and the way that we raise our children.
But that’s ok.
It hasn’t kept us from respecting each other, loving each other, and wanting the best for each other; but we also don’t lie to each other and act like we are likeminded in these areas.
I am extremely passionate about this topic because I believe that what you put in, on and around your body is vitally important. So that passion will often (hopefully) come through in my writing. I hope that you will see it for what it is and be inspired.
If I feel that a certain food is complete junk, I’ll say it. If I think a health organization that we have been told to trust all of our lives is more concerned with making money than our children’s lives, I’ll say it.
Because it absolutely matters.
I owe it to you all to give you the real deal.
And at the end of the day, it is my love for you that drives me to write. I don’t think for the most part that people are being given the straight, honest truth when it comes to health.
I want to be a voice that you can trust…someone you know isn’t going to tell you what you want to hear just to make you like me more. I care about you too much to do that.
Feel free to.
Because remember, these are just my opinions.