It is already January 12th and this is my first post of the year. I had hoped to be writing much more than this by now! Of course, I did not expect to get that nasty, nasty flu that hit mightily this year. Knocked me down for a solid two weeks. The good news is that I am regaining strength and on the road to recovery and her we go into the New Year, albeit a bit later than planned!
Suffice it to say I have watched A LOT of TV while I was ill. And I am a news junkie. And there have been a few tragedies. Another plane with 162 people crashed into the ocean; at least they will find this one. Little comfort to the families, but they will be able to bury their loved ones.
And then the terrorist attacks in Paris. Attacks against cartoonists drawing pictures. Attacks against free speech. ATTACKS AGAINST WHAT EACH OF US DO HERE EVERYDAY.
I personally don’t agree with poking fun at someone’s religion, someone’s skin color, someone’s ethnicity, someone’s sexual orientation, but I do agree that we all have the right to do it.
There really hasn’t been any kind of free speech in the United States for a very long time. Anyone who makes a comment about that is racist or bigoted is immediately chastised, and if a public figure, may not be for long. While, again, I do not like racist or bigoted statements either, does “free speech” mean that there is a right to say whatever, without any ramifications? Or does it mean that you can say whatever you want, but be prepared to deal with the consequences of your words?
What is free speech really?
When I started this blog, I thought 100 people, whom I did not know, reading my blog would be quite amazing! And now that I have reached 100 followers, I have found that I am in awe that there are 100 people, whom I know only through this medium, that have read my words and feel that they are worth reading again, and again. That truly amazes me and astounds me.
I would assume that each and every blogger wishes that they had thousands of other bloggers reading their words every time they hit the publish button, and in a sense I would be no different. I would, however, rather have the people who do read my blog really enjoy it and have it mean something to them.
I have been thinking I need to publish more frequently and bring my “numbers” up. Yet, while many bloggers whom I have great respect for, can do this very well, I do not feel that I would be able to blog everyday and have something that I really wanted to say. So I blog much less frequently. Not that there aren’t thoughts flying around in my head all the time, that is a given! And, I am fairly opinionated, even though I have learned to keep a lot of them to myself as I have gotten older. Or, maybe I am getting better at seeing both sides of a situation, or more, and less able to find “the right” one. In any case, I am not sure I could be an everyday blogger.
I am sure that I have reached a milestone today! One hundred followers whom I did not know prior to starting this blog, have found my words worth reading. How humbling and inspiring! Thank you to each and every one of you!