So, people. What do you think about the whole follow/unfollow debacle over at Tilly´s over the weekend? Every so often, someone have an opinion, and every so often another person have an opposing opinion. And of course, the bigger the blog, the bigger the fuss. And that´s fine. It´s natural, even. But this rises a question for me. Should a blogger, as their blog grows, automatically censor themselves more than before? Is this something that people can “demand” of them?
I have always been a quality before quantity kind of a gal. For heavens sake, I majored in jazz music, a musical style that´s been unattractive to the large-scale masses since the mid-forties.:-) My ambitions with this blog have never been to grow large. I love the small, but interesting community of friends that I have through this blog, as is how I choose to live my life offline as well. I can only imagine that if for some reason my blog should be hugely popular, I would hate it if I felt like I had to censor myself and my opinions. I mean, after all, these are personal blogs that we write! They should reflect the person behind them and what that person believes in, not try to accommodate the tastes of everyone. That would be impossible, or plain boring!
The bloggers I love to read have an interesting personality, they have strong opinions, they have a great sense of humor, and I love their style and touch. Some have gorgeous photos, some have insightful ideas on sustainability, some take the time and share with us their sewing expertise, some produce inspiring garments. But what seems to connect all is a passion for sewing in one way or another, and all, in their unique way, are intelligent, strong women whom I admire and respect.
I do not always agree with all the content on everyone´s blog, and I don´t always love everything everyone makes, but that is part of the charm! I don´t have to read something I´m not interested in. I don´t have to comment on things I don´t like.
As long as a blog is personal, and not representing a company, a political party or official authority, I believe that the author of that blog is entitled to write whatever is on their mind, no matter the size of the blog. Just as it is up to each individual what kind of music one wants to listen to, to follow a blog is completely optional as is to unfollow it. Simple as that.