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Monday, January 13, 2014

On Censorship


Alan says it's not censorship, it's "playing nice." He does have a point, especially in our family, where my sister-in-law made a comment on her blog about another family member that totally blew up. Almost two years later, and things still aren't back to normal. However, where does "playing nice" cross over into being completely restricted with what you can and can't say.

I don't want to be one of those blogs where you only see the good stuff but in all honesty, I do censor my posts to an extent, for various reasons. I have friends and family that read and there are certain things that I feel they don't necessarily need to know (Why it doesn't bother me if people I have never met IRL know, I have no idea). There's also the fact that certain aspects of my job are sensitive so I definitely can't post a lot about it. This is horrible to say, but a lot of the time I feel like I'm completely restricted with what I can say, both on my blog and in real life. I'm very direct; I say what I want to say and then move on. I also wear my heart on my sleeve so even if I don't say what's wrong, you will definitely know something is up. It's incredibly frustrating and suffocating not to be able to say how I feel and be forced to keep it in.

A bloggy friend put it quite nicely, there's a fine line you have to walk between being "real" and being sunshine and rainbows. I recently asked in a post what all you would like to see in my blog and the overwhelming majority of you stated that I'm a "real" blogger and that you prefer it that way. Unfortunately, I don't feel like that most of the time. So, in an effort to be more real, I have decided to write every now and then about things that are tough topics for me and that definitely aren't sunshine and rainbows. I don't necessarily want to offend anyone but at the same time if I need to get something out, I should be able to have that outlet too.

After all, this IS my blog and I should be able to say what I want, censored or not. 

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17 comments:

  1. I would say we all do that. Some things don't belong in the public and that's OK...still interested in seeing what new things we'll see from you :D

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  2. I used to censor my blog all the time. I would be 'real' but try to word things so they wouldn't cause offence. However, it felt so false as in real life I am pretty blunt and abrupt. Since I started just being myself and not caring my increase in readers has proved to me blogs don't need censorship :).

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  3. Thank you for posting this! I'm pretty blunt too. I just prefer to say my piece and move on. It's so incredibly frustrating to me that I can't say what I want because someone might get offended.

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  4. I use TT extra virgin coconut oil...gold label all the time. It is wonderful.

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  5. Yes it is YOUR blog...so say what you want!! My mission this year is to open up more about my own life...I am normally a quiet person until you get to know me pretty well. So this will be tough!

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  6. I use it to make granola bars. And for dry skin and booboos.

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  7. I am guilty of censoring myself on my blog too. Have said a couple things in the past that have upset family or friends. At the end of the day though, you don't need to apologize for your feelings. I have always thought you tell it like it is, so I am excited to see what this new year will bring!

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  8. If only you knew me in real life... :-)

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  9. I like to use it as a moisturizer and for my girls hair.

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  10. I LOVE making stove-top popcorn. And using it for minor bouts of baby rash.

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  11. I like using Tropical Traditions not only in foods, but its also a great moisturizer for the hair and skin. You can rub it on your skin after shower, or coat your hair in it as a deep conditioner. Its great!

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  12. I like it as an allover moisturizer.

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  13. My very favorite is to make chocolate! YUMMY

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  14. I use it to cook and bake with, I also use it as a moisturizer.

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  15. I use coconut oil as a hair conditioner!

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