The other night Derek and I got into a discussion about blogging. He said that because I do not blog all of the time that I am not seen as a true blogger. I brought up the fact that I never seem to have anything to say, other than personal items that only the family will care about. He suggested that I start talking about opinions that are important to me, but my answer was very interesting.
During my life, I have always felt like the only person, besides those in my family, to hold certain opinions. I was brought up a Conservative Catholic, so you can imagine what my values and opinions are. Although I try not to judge those I am close to, my opinions have not changed significantly through the years. I have grown and become more open minded for sure, but my base beliefs will always be with me.
When I told this to Derek, he advised that if I would start to voice these beliefs I would find that more people than I realize also feel the same way. But in finding that out, I would also be beginning a debate with those who do not feel the same way about life’s issues. I am not the type of person who enjoys arguing with people. I always come away feeling as if they are upset with me and even if I don’t know them, why would I purposely want to piss people off?
Perhaps I am overly sensitive and emotional or had too much of arguing when I was growing up, but that is not what I want to do. I do understand that not everyone will always agree with what I have to say and I certainly do not agree with what others have to say all of the time either. I would rather be pleasant with everyone than bring up subjects that might upset them.
So in saying this I am worrying now that someone might be reading this thinking I am putting blogging or debating down. I personally think that blogging is what you make of it, so I think that when I do get the time to say something, no matter what it is, I am participating in the blogging community.