Now that I’ve made my ebook “Just Saying” free to the public (you can download the full thing here), I’ve decided to publish the unseen chapters here on my website. Below is a chapter from this book which was published in September 2016.
It’s difficult to write the following chapter without sounding ungrateful or disrespectful but I do not intend to be either.
Recently, I was contacted by a woman from an agency about my blog. She told me that I was on their “to watch” list and that they were interested on taking me on as a client. I was overjoyed…until she gave me a list of things I needed to do.
I would be lying if I said that I wouldn’t want an agency to represent me and my work. But I am not interested in changing the way I run my website.
One of her demands was that I add photographs to my blog. She suggested that I invest in a good camera and maybe consider a photography class. Her exact words were “all bloggers know a bit about photography.”
This may be very true when it comes to fashion or lifestyle bloggers but I’m blogging about issues that are unique and personal to me. Who knows? Perhaps in the future I’ll add some pictures of me from various photo-shoots. I’d actually really like to do so. But for now, I know what needs to be done. I have a very fixed plan of what I want to do and I intend to follow through with it.
She also told me that I need to keep my Twitter very positive and I do honestly take issue with that request. Obviously I’m a very positive person but I’ve spoken before about my borderline obsession with injustice. I like to be aware and informed of the injustices in the world and Twitter is a very good method of doing that. In fact, for the last while I think I’ve only really been using twitter to share and comment on bad things that are happening in the world. That is my choice and my desire.
The only real bloggers that I’m interested in following are ones who pay attention to and occasionally comment on human rights issues and other meaningful topics. I’m not saying that I need them all to be activists but it’s nice to feel like you’re listening to someone who actually gives a shit about other people. Starting this blog, it was never my intention to pretend that my life was always rosy or that I’m too concerned about myself to pay attention to other issues. I’m interested in people’s struggles all over the world and I won’t pretend not to be for the sake of “keeping things positive.”
I don’t know what the future holds for my little website. Finishing up this season, I definitely have a few changes that I’m going to implement. But I want to try my best to keep doing what I want to do, without anyone else’s influence or input.
Listen to an episode of my feminist podcast about gang rape in the French banlieue below:
Read the introduction to my newest book Stay Wild here.