Over the last month I have done a lot of soul-searching. I realized that one of the issues I was dealing with was the fact that I wasn’t being true to myself online.
I wasn’t being fake by any means, but I was censoring myself for the sake of my “career” as an author. You hear it over and over again in writing circles. You shouldn’t say or do anything that might offend someone. You shouldn’t speak out on political or social issues lest you should lose a part of your audience. It’s not good for business.
To that, I say: I no longer care.
Let me be clear. I’m not the type of person to say or do something for the sole purpose of offending someone. I’m never trying to hurt someone’s feelings. However, I am not the type of person to keep my mouth shut when I feel strongly about something. I’m vocal about my views and beliefs. They are strong-held and important to me. Remaining quiet to simply appease someone else is not my style. It makes me feel fake, and I don’t like that feeling.
With that being said, I am removing the filter. If I see something and feel the need to speak about it, I will. Don’t be surprised to see me involved in a spirited debate. I actually quite enjoy them as long as they remain civil. I understand that this type of thing is not for everyone. That’s fine. I hope I don’t lose you as a follower, but if I do, I won’t hold it against you.
The biggest thing for me is that I know what I need in this life to be happy. One of those things is being authentically me in every aspect. I hope you can all understand and respect my decision.