Apparently, I’m An Acquired Taste


I realize I’m not for everyone; I’m an acquired taste, I suppose. My writing is a little on the preachy side and I have a tendency to just put it out there – perhaps with a bit more tact than others (or perhaps not, depending on your perspective), but for the most part – I am who I am and when you visit me? You pretty much know where you stand and what to expect.

I have very strong political opinions and religious views and I’m not afraid to put those opinions and views out there. (They may be a bit diluted for the sake of trying to be fair and me not wishing to be a total jerk, but I daresay you’ll find more of the “controversial” issues on my blog than on a lot of other bloggers’ blogs).

I don’t suffer fools lightly. You’re more than welcome to visit, but please, check your whine at the door.

I say what I mean, and mean what I say.

For that, I suppose, you could call me a bold blogger. Though I’m certainly NOT as bold as I would like to be (I have friends and family that read me and for that, I censor myself. In addition, I don’t enjoy purposefully hurting someone simply because I CAN), but for the most part, if you’re any good at reading between the lines, you can usually catch my drift.

I blog without obligation and I plan on keeping it that way. I never accept anything from anyone so if you see a giveaway, a contest or even a review, I paid for these items myself and my opinion has not been altered in order to play nice with sponsors. I don’t like answering to anyone. I don’t like feeling obligated to anyone. I want the freedom to simply be me – for whatever that’s worth.

I simply don’t go down that road. I’d LIKE to go down that road. I’ve had OPPORTUNITIES to go down that road in the past, but when I sat back and weighed the pros and cons of being honest or tiptoeing around my opinion, I opted to go the no obligation route.

For the most part, I stay out of Internet drama. And by that I mean, blogging drama. And trust me, if you pay attention, at all, you’ll see what I mean. Does this mean I don’t have an opinion on the matter? Hardly. But I refuse to get sucked into juvenile games of he/she said and I’m CERTAINLY NOT interested in becoming one of the popular “elite” bloggers who everyone spends an insane amount of time kissing up to all in the hopes that they will notice them and perhaps accept them into their inner circle.

Though I would love to make friends online, and I have made some pretty awesome friendships thus far, that’s not my ultimate goal. My ultimate goal, for this blog, in my publicly writing to y’all, is to simply be myself. To document my life as honestly as I can without damaging my relationships in the interim. I honest to God only wish to leave a little piece of me behind to whomever is interested enough to care.

That’s all.

I ramble on Twitter. I have a tendency to just type the first lame thing that comes to my mind.


I do that, because THAT’S a big part of who I am. My brain has always moved faster than my mouth and I’ve always been the sort of person who starts something only to become distracted by something else later (SHINY!) I’m notorious for having big ideas and then not doing anything about them.

But the fact that I have those ideas is saying something, I suppose.

And you can tell when I’m in one of my moods because my tweets are all OVER the board. And they appear in rapid succession – random thoughts ricochet off my brain walls and just sort of dribble out of my mouth or ooze out of my fingers and onto the keyboard – it’s quite an attractive process, I assure you.

And it never ceases to amuse me the amount of followers I either gain, or lose, in one particular rant. I have a tendency to go OFF on politics sometimes and I never know if what I’m saying will offend, or reaffirm, what others think. Sometimes my numbers plummet, sometimes they sky rocket – it’s a crap shoot.

I almost always lose followers whenever I slip up and curse – I try very hard to keep the vulgarity to a minimum but come on, I’m human, that only flies for so long before the situation DEMANDS an expletive.

But here’s the thing – even though I’m thrilled when people follow me, or it saddens me a bit when people unfollow me, overall? I’m not overly concerned – I am who I am. I am me when I’m in a funky mood. I am me when I’m in a sarcastic mood. I am me when I’m feeling b*tchy. I am me when I’m feeling depressed. It’s all relative. I can’t be anyone else but me.

And I won’t apologize for that.

Take it or leave it. And I think that’s where so many bloggers go wrong when they start blogging. They feel like it always has to be rainbows and sunshine and get real – life is not always like that. After a while, feeling like you have to be something you’re not starts weighing heavily on your mind and you start finding it harder and harder to blog because you no longer feel like you can BE this persona, that you will disappoint people. That you will lose RSS readers or followers.

I hate to break this to you, but it’s impossible to please everyone. IM.POSS.I.BLE. So the fix? Just BE yourself.

Only better. 🙂

I guess I felt the need to write this post because of I’ve been reading how other bloggers are taking a stand to be more bold and are blogging without apolgogy this new year. I admire their determination to stay true and honest. Because blogging? Really IS all about you. And if you take YOU out of the equation? It gets rather boring, don’t you think?

So, this is me. Stay. Or leave. Either way, I will continue to be who I am.

Thanks for reading.

5 thoughts on “Apparently, I’m An Acquired Taste”

  1. I still read you. I don’t always comment. I don’t always agree. But, that’s the beauty of being individuals. I can read your blog, disagree with it and I’ll still respect you in the morning. I love that you’re just yourself, Karen!

  2. This is why I like this blog, because of it’s random truthful everyday stuff.
    Nothing generic or synthetic about this site. Not trying to kiss up but the stories are some of the best readings I have had and the Sunday morning teachings are a excellent supplement to my church and beliefs. So blog on!
    P.S About that inner circle thing? Just kidden 🙂

  3. Good for you!

    I have read often but never commented. I love your style. Keep doing what you are doing because it works for you.

  4. First off, I’ve been using my google reader and just now noticed your new look! LOVE IT!!!!

    2nd, I’ve been a reader of your blog for almost four years and I enjoy your ramblings! Actually now that I think about it, you are the ONLY non book blogger that I follow so I enjoy reading about your opinions, your family, your life, etc. I say keep doing it!

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