Recently I have been thinking about my internet space and internet space in general. The internet was a creation that truly had no rules, no system, no borders. Because of that, people exploded. On the online universe they were able to create and communicate instantly, and what do we do when we discover an un-tapped, unfiltered space? We slap some restrictions on it. Let me just go ahead and say, not all restrictions are bad. When moral and ethical boundaries don't exist, things can get scary.
So what I am addressing is the restrictions that are placed on us by us. The social and cultural restrictions. The rules that say if I blog, I should focus on only one topic. The rules that say, my blog should look a certain way. That I should always be happy because any other emotion depresses "the audience". I follow a lot of fashion, personal style, and craft blogs. But some of my favorite blogs are the ones that remain un-categorized or the ones that don't subject themselves to these rules. I like knowing that there is a real, live, actual human being on the other side of this screen. Someone who has a range of interests and emotions and who shares those. When personal experiences, especially fear or loss, are suppressed or ignored by the blogger, I feel less connected with them.
And maybe connection isn't what everyone is looking for on the internet. Maybe they just want a couple pictures of a cute outfit or an easy craft project. And maybe the blogger doesn't want to share the darker experiences because it doesn't go with the aesthetic of their blog. Not being over-dramatic here, but it does go with the aesthetic of life. I think, online or offline, all people want more. They want the pain, the sorrow, the laughter, the melodrama, the spiritual downfall, the uplifting of hearts. We human beings are all of those things, so why even try to suppress it?
Maybe cohesion and a more "focused" blog would have made success (page views) more readily available, but man, fulfillment is worth so much more. My name is Shelby and this is my journal, Acquiring the Taste, where opinions are given and voices are heard.