During the 5+ years I've been a blogger, I have come to realize the most seductive, invoking blog topics are, in no particular order: Pizza, parenting, relationships, pets and music. It's no secret that a blogger knows how to use those topics to boost readership. I once wrote about open relationships and how gross I think they are. It was one of the most - if not the most - read-and-commented-on blog posts I've ever written. And, when I hit the "publish" button, I knew it would be.
Now, I can't speak for every blogger, but just because a blog topic is known to be a hot one, doesn't mean I've ever changed my views or how I express them. It's always just a nature of the beast for me. And, I have always had my real name and photo out there, proudly taking responsibility and ownership of my posts, opinions, conversations and thoughts - even when I would comment on other blogs. Being anonymous takes a lot of credibility away, in my opinion.
When I read this post on ThoughtCatalog.com, "I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I'm Not Sorry" (AND COME ON WITH THE ERRONEOUS TITLE CAPITALIZATION!) I knew the blogger - Amy Glass - hit a gold mine with this one. The comments are constantly being updated, countless retaliation posts have been published - and I can't even imagine how insane her readership stats are right now.
Off-topic: My favorite (read: eyerolling) statement from Ms. Amy Glass...
Really? What would one's registry for a shower like that consist of? Gear from REI and office supplies from Staples? Celebrating those things is super appropriate, but doing so is called "going out for cocktails." I mean, really - this is just laughable.
Back on-topic: I also can't help but wonder if there are bloggers who compromise their reputation and character, on purpose, for the sake of a few thousand clicks and 15 minutes of Internet fame. I'm sure there are. In the case of Amy Glass (if that's her real name) I'm not sure how valuable her rep is, or ever was, to her, since she can't even show her face on the very site she contributes to. She is represented by a knee (hers?) peeking out from waaay-too-ripped jeans.
So, while I want to fall prey to Amy Glass's skewed feminist views, I simply can't take anyone seriously who won't show their face...and who wears jeans like that.