I’m pretty annoyed right now that as a blogger, I (and this is a general “I”) am being tsk-tsk’d by fellow bloggers for daring to write about the tragedy that happened in Newtown.
(Most of them say it’s really terrible that people are trying to capitalize on this tragedy and giving media attention to it. Then in the next 5 paragraphs they go on to give their $0.02. Attention bloggers: No matter how you spin it- you are still writing about it. Get off your high horse.)
I’m not writing for page views- my page views are looooooow. I stopped chasing page views months ago.
I haven’t mentioned any names, I don’t trick out my keywords or try and draw people in with titillating titles.
I write because as a person, as a parent, I need to process.
No matter how inadequately my words may be, is how I am doing that. There is only so much I can cry during the news or discuss it with my husband.
Today we got home a letter from one of the boy’s schools outlining a few guidelines for dealing with this.
One of the things was this:
“As parents and adults, we should get the support we need to process this from other adults.”
Which seems pretty obvious.
On top of talking to friends and family, writing here accomplishes that for me. Talking about it on my Facebook page does that for me.
Why do the blogging police always come out after things like this and try and shame other bloggers for writing about their feelings? If you don’t want to write about it- don’t write about it. Don’t mention it at all.
Because sending the message to other bloggers that they should be ashamed for addressing it and then turning around and talking about it yourself makes you a hypocrite.
As a parent of toddlers with autism who attend school, I am affected by this much more than I ever would have imagined. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been.