... to waste my blogposts going on and on about saccharine likes and interests without writing my true and honest feelings. I get bored with friends' and/or family's blogs that post nonstop sugar-coated posts with barely anything interesting and real to read. It's not realistic. It's not human. It's not life. This is something I learned especially on my mission. I tried to be honest in my letters home. I thought it wasn't an honest reflection of my feelings and thoughts to report only the gushy, gooey goings-on and ignore the trials and struggles and disappointments. I didn't like to DWELL on the negative, but I didn't want to pretend it wasn't there either. My parents were really grateful to hear all aspects of what was going on with me, it helped them feel involved and know what what in my heart and mind, good and bad. I like to post honestly, rather than fake around and pretend nothing is frustrating me. I would rather post the good and the bad and come across as a multi-faceted, realistic person with likes and dislikes, especially if something is bothering me. I think it's good to help others know what's out there and hopefully help them avoid some of the less worthwhile things themselves. Why is it such a big deal to have the occasional rant anyway? I think it makes things interesting. Otherwise, enjoy your no-conflict, real-life Seriously-So-Blessed blog.
And I only bring this up because my blogging practices and techniques have recently been attacked. Go figure.
EDIT: I also generally welcome and allow all comments, even negative ones, on my blog. I feel censorship of respectful opinion is a very unAmerican and Big-Brotherish practice. I really don't mind if people disagree with me, in fact, I quite like when people express their dissenting views, as long as they're respectful and venue-appropriate. It leads to healthy discussion (and sometimes amusing tirades), and formulation of educated and informed opinions. Disallowing opinions and views other than those that agree exactly with your own shows far more about the censor than those expressing their thoughts.
Some of the greatest changes of the world have happened when people expressed their frustrations in a public venue. And, if you can't vent on your blog, where CAN you vent?