Recently I went through all of the Facebook pages that I "like" and "unliked" a significant number of them. Nothing personal, really . . . it was just starting to become overwhelming. And, I never saw updates consistently anyway. If I knew I very rarely commented on the page or read what they posted, or if I couldn't remember exactly why it was I liked the page in the first place, I let it go. My goal is to get down to fewer than 100 pages I enjoy reading and interacting with. Again, I'm all for showing support to fellow bloggers and pages, but honestly it's just too much to try to "like" every page that comes through my newsfeed that makes an interesting point, comments on one of my posts, or likes my page. So, I'm parring down considerably and trying to be active with the pages I do visit with some regularity. On a related note . . .
Received the strangest e-mail this week, possibly ever. A fellow blogger whom I've been following for a while sent me a message that basically said, "you don't seem to be agreeing with everything I say anymore; why are you still here?" I was completely taken aback, 1. because I do tend to agree with what this writer says probably 90% of the time, and 2. even when I disagree, I never thought it came across as anything other than polite. At first it made me sad, but then really I just kind of thought WTH? I wrote a brief message back, but never heard from her. (I did "unlike" the page and remove it from my favorites list on my blog home page. I mean, what else would I do at that point? Now commenting would just seem weird.) But this did get me thinking . . .
Do I expect my readers to agree with me? I guess to some extent if folks didn't align at least a little with my philosophy they probably wouldn't have been drawn to my page in the first place. At the same time, I know there are things I write about (or, purposely do not write about) that many readers probably have opposing views on. (Vaccines come to mind.) As a general rule, I'm not confrontational at all and I prefer to play nice. I don't post (or share) controversial things simply to draw attention to my page or stir the pot. In fact, I don't even click on links about certain topics because I know they will make me batty and I don't want to get sucked up into the drama. Which brings me to . . .
Am I only reading other bloggers that I agree with? And more importantly, is that a problem? Is narrowing down my list of reading choices so specifically just keeping me all cozy in my little cave of conformity here? Is that a bad thing? Where is the line between not getting out of your comfort zone and feeling like a troll because you want to counter everything you read?
Thoughts, readers (and fellow writers)?
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.