So, someone told me that my blog has been, and I quote “less than insightful” recently..
“What happened to your editorial pieces? Your experiences! I mean.. reading about what you eat and the latest bad advertisement is fun and all, but I miss reading about your cultural insights..” he said.
If you know anything about me, I don’t take criticism well.. I never have and probably never will..this being so, it took every ounce of self restraint to sit and listen to his complaints.
And while my first reaction is to get all defensive and hot headed, I have to admit that I have been exercising quite a bit of self-censorship recently…and have been having a hard time coming up with topics that are interesting, exciting, entertaining, and most importantly new. It’s not easy putting a new twist on an old topic! Especially when all of your readers are experts on the topic of your blog and have very little tolerance for inaccuracies and stupidities!
You see, I started my blog as a way to keep my friends and family back home up to date with all of things I was seeing, experiencing, and feeling since my move to Lebanon..everything was new to them..but fast forward seven months, and things have changed..a lot.
Most of my readers aren’t my friends and family from back home (bad friends, bad family! why don’t you ever read my blogs! arghh!), but rather fellow Lebanese bloggers, Lebanese tweeps, and others who have so kindly accepted me into what I will call the Lebanese Blogosphere and Twittersphere..My readers have become my friends..they know me by name, they know what I look like, they know about my life and where I come from..and hell, some of them even know where I live!
And although I may want to talk about politics, religion, sex and sexuality, and Lebanese customs that I don’t understand and probably never will, the fact remains that I’m a foreigner in a foreign land, and as such, I have a responsibility to be respectful to Lebanon and to the Lebanese people. So, if you want to hear my opinions about these topics, talk to me in person..I promise..you will never be bored.
So this is me, exercising self-censorship on my blog..
I hope you still find it entertaining, informative, and insightful..even if only some of the time!
– Dani. 🙂