|Ironic use of famous painting (scroll down for calming cat picture)|
In the week leading up to the General Election, I lost around a hundred fans on Facebook, and I haven't yet checked to see if our subscriber numbers are down. I'm rather proud of my hard-won, beloved near-4000 so I hope not! But the thing is, I wasn't entirely sure why people were leaving.
Of course, one might not like to see oppositional politics in the daily Facebook feed, or to read posts which criticise the ghastly incumbent of Number 10, but I have never made any secret of the fact that everything on this site, and its associated social media, will be subject to a hefty dose of (often controversial) opinion. It's even in the disclaimer right down there at the bottom. Go and have a read, I'll be right here when you get back.
Done? Still here? Great!
Where was I? Ah yes, some of the messages and comments I had were along the lines of "F off, it's a parenting page, love". Erm, no. If anything this is a lifestyle blog, and hopefully I addressed the question of why Attachment Mummy last week. (And please don't call me 'love'!)
I've never been very good at being pigeon-holed and, like most authentic humans, I am a mass of contradictions. This blog is a reflection of that: a bit pf parenting, but also baking, fashion, politics, 11+ revision, cooking, pension planning, competitions and family life - and that's just this month!
The neatest category I can squeeze this magazine of ours into is lifestyle: our life, our style.
And I'm afraid that's always going to come with a hefty dose of opinion on the side. If you're only here for the competitions, great, welcome! But there will be plenty of opinion and other stuff too. And if you're only here for the parenting, I'm afraid you may have to put up with the C word a lot too - yep, we talk about cake, Christmas and even sometimes that ____ Cameron :-)
Bizarrely, it turns out talking about politics was a rare thing last week, on blogs and social media anyway. In my first election-focussed post, I had a comment and several messages from fellow bloggers about my 'bravery', which really surprised me. It seems that politics for your average blogger is something of a taboo. Most bloggers steered well clear of the subject.
My question would be, how can you? Just like, how can you NOT vote?
In fact, there has been more discussion and comment after the event than before, quite the wrong way round surely?! You can't change the past but, when the opportunity is there, you can attempt to change the future.
How could I not try to do my bit to make a difference? And actually, it worked. The messages I have had from people have brought tears to my eyes. People have joined the Labour party, people have chosen to vote for the first time in 20 years, people have done their research and changed their vote. And of that I am proud. And do you know what? Next time I will do the same. Maybe more.
It looks like we're going to need to as, unfortunately, of the 2/3 of adults who chose to vote, 34% believed the Tory promise. With a campaign based on hollow rhetoric that blamed a former government for an entire global financial crisis, and scaremongering about haggis-wielding malcontents from over the border, they swept their odious leader back into Downing Street. We can but pray that the disabled, the poor, the feckless and the jobless of our country survive another 5 years of Tory rule, undoubtedly with ever punitive and Draconian punishments for those who need the most help.
You may disagree with me entirely, and if I follow you, feel free to fill my Facebook timeline with your opinion and thoughts. But ultimately, I have worked for over three years to build some level of influence here and on social media. What kind of person would I be if I didn't use that to talk about the things I believe in? To push forward certain charities, and beliefs, and viewpoints? Yes, I may end up with 3 followers, but at least I'll be able to sleep easy knowing I stood up for what I believe in.
If you want politics-free, there are plenty of other blogs out there. If you want pro-formula and pro-controlled crying, I'm sure they're there too. If you want purely look at my lovely family aren't we wonderful, there are definitely lots of those.*
If you want all sorts of chat about all sorts of topics, some great competitions, and a hefty dose of opinion and controversy from time to time, stay right here.
Now, somebody put the kettle on, all pull up a chair, and tell me what you think about the new series of Big Brother.
|Calming cat picture, as promised|
P.S. If you are still here, thank you. Whether you agree with everything I say or not, you are very welcome here.
P.P.S. If you feel like keeping the numbers up and you don't subscribe already, the box is right back up at the top there - see you on the other side! Lx
* Heck some bloggers will tell you about their sex life, share intimate, emotional letters to their children, and show you what they wore to granny's funeral (including underwear). But they won't talk about their politics.