Now I know I'm a true geek...
I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a baby today! I have never met the parents. I don't know the husband's first or last name. I am not related to them. I don't personally know anyone who has met them before. Yes, you guessed it, I follow her blog (and twitter).
Lately, I have been grappling with the issue of exposing my true beliefs on my blog. I'm not lying about anything I write here, but up until today, I have kept my blogging to light-hearted completely un-controversial topics like bike riding and holidays. What I really want to write about is politics, religion, birthing choices, parenting (which I touched on today), etc. So why don't I? Well, that blog I follow? She openly writes about all these things and gets tons of horrible comments, emails, and formspring questions, people have even made yahoo hate groups about her. Now I don't agree with a whole lot of her beliefs, however, I appreciate her honesty and I have learned a lot about birth and the choices available to me from her many posts on the topic.
Earlier today I was trying to find out if she had the baby through other's tweets and engaged in a discussion with someone (whose blog and twitter I also follow - both were Weddingbee bloggers). She said she did a twitter search for the mom-to-be's name and found so many people rooting for her and begging for updates. I did the same search and was amazed at how many people (mostly strangers) were wishing her luck and asking for more news. I said that I wished I had that kind of support. Then I remembered that with that support comes a whole lot of hate and negativity.
It is so sad that I am afraid to blog about what I really want to say because there are people out there who are poised and ready to attack me for simply expressing my opinions. I love a good debate (hey, I even teach it in high school), but I am very sensitive and can't handle people calling me fat or wishing I was dead.
Is all that support worth all the negativity? Can you believe even NieNie gets hate mail?