Blog Activism Burnout
So for a long time now I have been immersed in the “Body acceptance” blog-o-sphere. I was subscribed to blog feeds and news feeds and read all this stuff every day. I was a contributor to a group blog that talked about fat and fat issues in this country.I had another blog where I talked a lot about weight topics, etc. I spent a lot of time reading and writing about these things.
And I quit.
I dumped the feeds. I resigned from the group blog. I set that other blog to private.
I just couldn’t take it any more.
Day after day of horrifying stories of how we supposedly civilized people treat each other just based solely on physical appearance.
Did it make me feel outraged and want to change things? Well… yes… but.
I’ve seen how slowly change happens. Social Justice is hard, hard work. So mostly, instead of outrage, I ended up feeling fear. Fear and worry about how I can try to keep those things from happening to me. Yeah… don’t get mad at the system… figure out how you can conform to the system to keep from being mocked and humiliated. Way to go, social activist!
Plus, that’s a lot of reading… all those blogs. I got to the point where I was barely reading any blogs at all.. mostly skimming, hardly ever commenting. Kinda defeats the whole purpose of blogging.
So, as I said, I quit.
Dumped the feeds.
Went back to just my original core blogs. Hey – I’ve even managed to have time to comment here and there this week!
So, yeah, fine… maybe I’ll never be a “good activist”, but sometimes you just gotta pick your battles, and maybe I’m just not cut our for battling.