Social pandering has gone over and beyond ridiculous. We must be careful what we say and to whom, and even the most benign thing shared can cause outrage. Why is that? Words are hurtful, there is no doubt about that, but why must we walk on the proverbial eggshells anymore?
Bullies exist, they always have and always will. It is a toxic part of humanity and a reality most people face sometime in their lives. However, that doesn’t seem to be why people are so hurt by words lately. It appears that large masses of people have thin skin and have an axe to grind against anyone who shares a different viewpoint or vocabulary.
Below is a screenshot of a reaction someone had to a tweet. Keep in mind my wife runs my Twitter account and was the one that posted this, not me, which is massively ironic. The not-too-subtle accusation of sexism. The point isn’t to vent because I’m offended. It is to point out just how thin-skinned, so many people of our culture are. Why is something so innocent as my wife and I celebrating our teamwork in need of criticism?
Our culture is growing ever more sensitive to the point where it finds problems where there are none. No matter how benign a statement, social media post, or thought is, someone is bound to get offended, but not just offended, that person may feel the need to “educate” you and put you in your place. Offended people now are the social bullies. Attempting to silence any voice that is different from their own in the name of “good.” How do we fight this? Call it out for what it is, bullying. Us writers need to keep writing our thoughts and what’s on our mind. Not cater or pander to anyone, no matter how loud and obnoxious their voice may be. The irony is that it is typically those who speak of tolerance and acceptance that are guilty of the very things they claim to hate. Perhaps this is a window into everyone’s psyche, we are often guilty of the things we hate the most. Therefore, before getting sanctimonious over silly things on social media, let us examine ourselves and see if we live up to our own standards. We all need this. Certainly, there is a time and place to speak up, and that is where wisdom and discernment comes in, both qualities though seem to be sorely lacking in our society.
It was November of 2013 when I first started blogging on WordPress.com. Since then, I have learned much about myself and the whole blogging process. What started out as a mission to let the readers gain insight into the worlds I built and the process of writing, became so much more.
Truth be told, blogging was something I despised. I saw it as a way for people to sit from the safety of their homes and critique the world around them without having to get involved. Around the time of started on WordPress, I knew of someone who used his blog to spew criticism at the culture. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to say about societal shortcomings, but I wanted a theme, something to tie my stuff together and that’s writing.
Writing was to be the topic and I resolved not to deviate from that. In July of 2017 I finally moved on from WordPress.com and bought a domain. Along with that came a new vision with my blog. During the couple years I only wrote about writing, I struggled with topics, yet I did not want to be an armchair critic. Blogging after all is something anyone can do, anything can be said, and facts largely become irrelevant. That isn’t something I want to be a part of. However, many authors use blogging to discuss life, social issues, and the world.
I realized that if a reader is going to take the time to read a blog they want to know more than the ins and outs of writing. A variety of content is essential, especially if a blog is going to become monetized. I began writing on more topics, and realized that I can do it in a way where I don’t have to offer sanctimonious platitudes without facts. I can write about my observations in the world, sharing my thoughts and feelings while at the same time directing my own words back at myself. I have a blog about refusing to get offended but instead pausing and taking time to formulate our thoughts instead. This is something I need to do, especially in this crazy world that only seems to be getting more insane. Now, the challenge is to not become what I dislike about blogging, and become a critic from behind a computer screen without living up to my own standard.
I’ve been busy working on the second edition of Goandria: Visions of War. It has been taking quite a bit longer than anticipated. As I said before new content is coming to this blog though, it just may take me a little time to get it posted. I have several blogs written but they need a round or two of editing before being put on here.
In the mean time, here is the possible new cover for Visions.
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The hashtag #WhyIWrite was trending last week, and I found it inspiring that something other than politics and celebrity news became popular for a brief time. It also prompted me to go into detail about my journey into becoming a writer and why I chose a very difficult route to pursue professionally.
As I have said here, I started writing as a hobby when I was twelve years old. Over the years, my dedication to writing has come in waves, but I could never fully abandon it as I have other hobbies. Writing, especially the Goandria series, has become a part of my life, part of my very soul, something that I cannot live without. I do not profess to be the best at it, but I do make a point to become better at writing because I have a story to tell, and it is worth sharing. Fantasy has been an integral part of my life. It has inspired me. It has driven me to contemplate difficult matters and existential meaning, and this is something I want to bring people as well.
Writing isn’t an easy path, and I’m still very much learning, especially when it comes to marketing and branching out to new readers. Actually, choosing to write professionally is one of the most difficult challenges I have faced, second only to parenting. The average person takes years to get established, and I have only been doing this for about a year, so writing has not been exactly lucrative, but those I trust most in my life have encouraged me to keep doing what I love. Even with the encouragement, it is easy to get discouraged. Many people simply do not read or have time to read, and it is difficult convincing strangers to part with their money.
I continue to write because it has meaning for me. I write partially because it is a challenge, and I write to give the world the stories I would like to read myself.