When I started blogging, the only other people I knew who blogged were just other bloggers that I was chatting to through twitter. It was not something that was popular, or considered 'cool' and only a few were professional bloggers. Now I've never given a crap about being cool, and never understood people who do, I just want to do what I love. I honestly pity people who have no true passions and follow the crowd and do something just 'cos it is 'cool' at the time. Then they just give it all up once it isn't the in thing again.
These are the people who will laugh at you when those hobbies are considered uncool, and they'll laugh at you for being passionate and caring about things. You know those kids who thought extra curricular activities were sooo lame?
I never told anyone I knew personally that I blogged, I was too ashamed, knowing how incredibly uncool it was to be writing what I thought of things. The only people who 'got it' were other bloggers. Many bloggers have experienced real life 'friends' being dickheads about their blogs, I did. Now fast forward nearly two years and everyone is writing a blog. Suddenly it's 'cool' to have an opinion and to share what you think all over the internet. This is all great, and it's inspiring to see that my generation actually give a shit about making a difference, and have big aspirations and believe in what they have to say... BUT I will not forget those people who made fun of it and made me feel small for being passionate about something. If you are passionate about anything, like I am about a lot of things, that is a good thing and no one should be making you feel small for it.