It was a regular post for a blog that regularly does holiday DIYs, but one little sentence made it go from a festive DIY to a highly charged political debate. When Jessica Quirk posted her American Flag DIY on the What I Wore Facebook page, she included one little suggestion for her readers. To do the DIY, just don't buy your supplies from Hobby Lobby.
Quirk's Facebook posting was in reference to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Burwell V. Hobby Lobby case, by “allowing .. for-profit corporations to be exempt from a law they religiously object to if there is a less restrictive means of furthering the law's interest. ” The significance of this case in this country is meaningful in a few ways, one, that for-profit corporations now have religious beliefs, and two, the that Hobby Lobby does not have to cover birth control or abortions in their insurance plans for their employees.
Quirk has long been vocal in her political beliefs, I remember during the Presidential Debates, she would tweet along (as did a lot of us). She has shared on her social channels her beliefs before, but here in this particular Facebook posting, naturally, not everyone was on the same page as her, which is to be expected on such an emotionally and politically charged topic such as reproductive rights.
The thing that caught my attention was that her some of her followers did not think politics had a place on her personal blog.
Now, unless a blog is a news blog that only reports the news, 99.99% of blogs are 100% opinion. We share our opinion on whether we think Birkenstocks are cool to wear. We share our opinions on whether or not we should wear clothing made in sweatshops. We share our opinions on whether or not we should wear fur. Our blogs consist entirely of our political, cultural, and yes, even religious beliefs. This Hobby Lobby ruling is not entirely out of context for What I Wore since she regularly posts DIY projects, and Hobby Lobby is potentially a store where her readers might be getting their supplies for these projects. Had she believed in not wearing clothes manufactured by sweatshops would it be her place to say not to shop at places like The Gap?
Now, unless a blog is a news blog that only reports the news, 99.99% of blogs are 100% opinion.
If something moves you, and you have an audience, by all means, write about it on your blog. Especially, if it is relevant to your blog's topic. If religion plays a big part in how you dress, then yes share that with your readers. If feminism plays a big part in who you are, then, YES, write about it on your blog.
Blogs today are so, how do you say? Vanilla? People are too afraid to write about what they REALLY feel. Too afraid to offend anyone, or end up on the pages of Get Off My Internets, or whatever, most bloggers opt to focus on content that doesn't move anyone one way or another. Seriously, it's making the blogosphere boring.
Quirk did the right thing by aligning her values with her content. She brought awareness to her beliefs; she stuck out her neck. Sure, there are a few people who did not agree with her, but the vast majority of the comments (including from myself) are supportive.
More bloggers should take risks sharing what they truly believe. After all, isn't that what authenticity is all about?
[Image credit: What I Wore]