During my break, I did a lot of thinking about my blog. Naturally, as soon as I decided to take a break, I found many things I wanted to write about. But I realized that I still needed space.
This morning, I decided to reinstate my last article. I had removed it, not because of some of the negative comments there, but rather because of comments it received on my Facebook page. They were a little too personal considering I knew the person.
I have also reinstated the link on my Facebook page. However, the writer of said comments has removed herself from the page, so her “I’ve been here longer than you and therefore you are wrong” -type comments are gone as well.
Anyway, during my period of reflection, I took the time to think about what a blog is, what my blog is, what I want it to be, and what I am doing here.
Here’s my answer. A blog is personal space that we put out there for the public to view. Weird definition, huh?
On my blog, I attempt to share my personal view of Turkey by comparing it to what I know, the U.S. Sometimes I compare it to other countries I have visited as well. This is not uncommon. One’s personal views and opinions of ANYTHING are ALWAYS based on what one is familiar with. It is not a matter of what is right and what is wrong, or which is better. It is a personal view and nothing more.
I also write a lot about trips I take around the country. I love touring Turkey. In those posts, I not only write about what I see, but I attempt to offer advice of how to get there, where to stay, what to see, etc.
You may have noticed that I often add recipes. I love to cook so sharing my semi-Turkish recipes with the world is a lot of fun for me. I also add recipes from around the world that I think can easily be made here in Turkey.
There are links at the top of the page that will guide you to my recipes, to restaurant reviews, to places you can take your kids, to useful information while living in Ankara – like bus schedules, Turkish newspapers, locations of pazars, what to substitute for certain missed groceries and where to buy them, maps, and more.
I add photos of things I love. What I really love about Turkey is its balance of old and new. In my photos, however, you will rarely see modern Turkey because my personal preference is the old stuff. For example, one day I posted a photo of three older people making tomato sauce outdoors from 100 kg of tomatoes. I loved that photo. I love that they allowed me to take their photo and that they offered me a taste! I loved the sauce! One of the comments to that photo was “yes great photo…hope all your foreign followers dont take this as norm in Turkey though.”
This brings me to the topic of commenting. While I understand that comment, I also find it a little insulting to my readers. I don’t believe that my readers are idiots! My blog is a little window for them. I hope that it encourages my readers to learn more about Turkey on their own, perhaps visit Turkey, and form their own opinions!
I usually accept most comments on my blog. That is very obvious from the comments you will find on this early post (and one of my favorites). However, commenting on my blog or any blog is not an inalienable right.
I try to respond to all comments. Usually I do this in a good spirit, no matter what the comment says. That’s not always the case. There is one commenter that chimes in only when she disagrees with me. Lately I have taken to simply not responding to her.
Or there is the commenter from above. She rarely comments. But when she does, it’s usually insulting to me, or to my readers in my my opinion. Last time (on FB), I responded in kind. That’s not very nice (and kind of out of character for me), I know, but it is my blog. There is another long story that goes along with my opinion of her comments, about the separation of classes here. I’ll save that for another time.
(As an FYI – the commenter who I responded to on my last post by cursing, has apologized and so have I. I left it there because, well, that’s how the day went . . . )
So here’s the deal, I’m going to keep sharing my thoughts on Turkey as my personal opinions. You are free to agree or disagree. The majority of your comments will be posted. But beware. If you personally attack me, well, I may not be feeling well that day and may decide to attack back. So if you can’t handle it, don’t dish it out.
Of course, I will also continue with posts that I feel are helpful for foreigners to get along here. I will keep posting my recipes and photos as well.
Thanks for reading.