Recently when talking to a friend of mine who, unexpectedly to me at least, is beginning a foray into the world of not just blogging but hockey blogging, I realized that when it comes to the hockey presence, I carry with me a lot of grudges and opinions.
It’s a bit hard to explain and a bit harder to justify, but I’ll try to do both.
I really try, in my ‘normal’ life to go through and not carry much negative opinion, no grudges, no bad blood. A lot of it is just recognizing that the world is hard enough and dragging all that with you only makes the burden you must carry even harder. I think Eminem might have a song about this when it comes to rap beefs and how hard they are to shake, but in any case I have done my best to not actively hate anyone, regardless of how they feel for me.
When it comes to the world of hockey, my ‘second’ life as it were, I find it harder to carry on that belief. As I talked about a number of the prominent websites and writers, I found myself also talking about why I didn’t care for one or another. It all seemed petty to me.
Granted, for the most part, I was casting a critical eye for good reason Rather recognizing the biases in content or the questions of professionalism or simply their behaviour that I don’t agree with. So things like anonymous bloggers who still want to be viewed and respected on an equal level as their professional counterparts in the journalism world.
But as I continue to wonder if I can ever go farther with this writing schtick, I also wonder if these beliefs, these opinions and these one-sided grudges will only limit myself from ever being able to take the next step. Certainly I think it is important to distinguish what sort of work I would ever want to do and what sort of outlet I would ever want to be associated with (I, unlike some, do use my real name when I write and your name is the only thing you have).
Casting off these binds….would it really help?