LinchpinMonday, August 15, 2011
I'm sure I am not the only one who has watched the recent news in the UK with trepidation and horror, what has been happening around the country is an indictment on both the current political situation and those involved. I spoke a couple of weeks ago about how blogging, particularly when it is about fashion, can seem unimportant, even petty, when there is so much else going on in the world, and I felt this once again over the past few days.
As I walked around my city, thanking the stars that the unrest in the south had not spread to us, I thought about how I could approach what had happened on my blog, should I dedicate an entire post to what has happened? Would any of you want read my opinions on why there is civil unrest? On the other hand should I completely ignore it? I write about my life and my personal style, when I work so hard trying to make my blog a positive place, do I really want write about something that has genuinely caused me sleepless nights?
I think there is still an assumption that because we write about fashion we must not be interested in the real world, or that we shouldn't let personal or public issues affect our writing. No one wants to read about me harping on about the news, if you did you wouldn't be here, but equally isn't there some level of social responsibility, or moral obligation, not to gloss over the sticky subjects?
So what is the limit? Is it okay for me to ignore issues in the news that don't affect me directly? Or is it to do with the severity of what has happened? How do I make these decisions? I don't have any answers, in fact as I write this I am getting increasingly more confused by it all, but I don't want to believe that, as one of my close friend's suggested, all we are interested in is reading about kittens and cups of tea, I believe my readers, and people interested in blogging in general, are deeper than that.
I apologise for the complete lack of structure in this post, it is far more a stream of consciousness than anything else, but after five drafts over the weekend I felt I just had to put up something. I'm sure many of you could have written something far more eloquent. I hope you have all had good weekends, and for those of you living in areas in England affected by the riots that you and your families have been safe.