I think when you release a blog post into the wilds known as the Internet, there’s always going to be a sense of anxiety. After years of doing this blog post releasing thing you start to not really care, though.
This has ultimately become the case in my neck of Blogland, however when it comes to sensitive topics such as LGBT+ issues and religion it gets really, really sticky and no one really wants to travel down that road. The thing is, these kinds of things SHOULD be talked about, but no-one wants to open that can of worms.
I certainly don’t. I’m an atheist but I have strong, very much negative feelings towards religious extremists [i,e, my grandfather on my Dad’s side.] and if I opened my chest to say what I truly feel about these people? I’d probably be dead, my email inbox would be slammed, my Twitter would be blowin’ up, etc. [Remember, extremists, they’re batty folk.]
So while it’s not anxiety I feel about these kinds of topics, it’s more of a “Let’s just not go there.” feeling. I could honestly talk about being gay and the issues I face because I don’t have the same rights as my straight friends ’til the cows come home, but I don’t want to deal with the backlash.
Backlash on the Internet is easy to avoid in two ways: 1, ignore it or 2. just keep your goddamn “mouth” shut.
I choose #2 probably more often than I should sometimes. Perhaps one day I’ll just pull the pin on the grenade and throw it. It’ll do me some good to get some of the feelings I got bottled up in here for years.