Let's Chat Bloggers and Politics

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Let's Chat Bloggers and Politics

'But Robyn, you're a lifestyle and beauty blog, you can't chat politics' I hear you proclaim and my response is simply, then don't read this post. Just as you'd skip any other post that doesn't please you, just as you'd skip a blog post reviewing a product you've had on your shelf for 6 months, just skip past this post. I feel like I have to vocalise the monstrosity of things running through my brain in the aftermath of all things Trump, women's march, Brexit and Theresa May's silence.

I'm not a politician, I'm not an intellect and I don't follow politics as closely as I'd like to believe I do, so yes, some things I say may not completely add up 100%, I may misunderstand things or I may make a silly remark that would have any politics student rolling their eyes back so far they strain their cornea. However, I do like to know what is going on in the world, I have a tendency to read news stories on The Huffington Post or the Independent if I didn't leave high school a year early I myself would have a qualification in politics, I am not dumb, as much as a lot of people would like to believe.

You see I am a blogger, a female blogger who writes about beauty and lifestyle, more than that I am what the older generation like to call 'a millennial' so as you may be aware yourself I am not allowed to have an opinion on politics. I've to sit in the corner and look pretty, but I have a brain, I have the capacity to understand what is going on in the world and further I have opinions, some may even say I have too many opinions, but I know what is going on in the world and that is in fact, a good thing whether our political beliefs correlate or not, the fact that I, a 20-year-old girl have researched, have built up my own system of belief and decided I want to voice them is a good thing.

You see, us millennials, we aren't allowed to have any political interests, we have to sit quietly and let the big boys play, I say big boys, but I am merely using that as a saying, this rant isn't about gender as I feel both males and females from my generation are being silenced by this phrase millennials. If we go on with our lives ignore the world, ignore the political disasters the eyes are rolled, we are told to care more about the world, about our future, but if we speak out, we give our opinions we are denounced by sarcastic remarks like 'special snowflake' and told we have no idea what we are talking about even by those who hold the same opinion as us.

Let's Chat Bloggers and Politics

So what have we to do? My answer is to do whatever you want to do. I specifically believe that we should be researching, we should be learning and trying to understand the political makeup of the world, that we should be making up our own opinions and belief system and sharing those opinions and beliefs. After all the future is ours, it is our generation who will have to live with what happens next, so we should do our best to create a future we want to live in. Do what you feel is right, take part in protests, voice your opinion on social media, stand up for what you believe in and ignore anyone who tries to tell you that you have no right to do so.

I especially think bloggers, big and small should speak up about what they believe in, I am not asking you to write a blog post telling us all you're anti-Trump or have a 1000 word essay written up about the political makeup of your country, but I think it is important for anyone with a following to speak out about what they believe in. Whether you RT a tweet stating that you are against legislation that was passed or you have a 500 tweet rant or if you do write a blog post, it is important that you use your platform to educate, to bring attention to what you believe in.

I myself won't be writing a blog post stating my specific opinions on everything that is going on in the world, I'm not even incorporating them into this one, I am instead using my Twitter to RT tweets I agree with, to make statements because even though I have a small following I want to be part of it all, to state my opinion to help educate to draw a spotlight to issues within the world.

Although, well I am doing so, well I am keeping my eye on the ball, I am staying educated and reading the news I am also not going to stop blogging about what makes me happy. I will continue to tweet, blog and Instagram about beauty, fashion, lifestyle and everything in between and so should you. You don't have to take a stand and talk politics, but you also don't have to stop talking about what it is important to you or what makes you happy. Life doesn't stop because people are unhappy, so continue to grow your blog, continue to blog about your life or style or your favourite beauty products while you're engaging in the political ordeal elsewhere or not. Although I feel it is important to use your platform, big or small for good I also don't think you should stop blogging or talking about your passions, your hobbies and your life just because of what is going on in the world. You should continue to do what makes you happy and you shouldn't feel bad about it at all.

So what do you think? Is it okay for millennials to share their opinions? Should bloggers and influencers use their platforms? 


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