Every now again I get this annoying, nagging feeling as a blogger and a little bit of guilt seeps in. Before I jump into what’s been so burdensome, let me give you a little background.
I’m a news reporter, at heart. I love news! I first started writing for the local newspaper when I was just 16-years-old. Everything I did in college, everything I did early on in my career was geared towards fulfilling my lifelong dream and goal of being a reporter; whether on TV or in print. And yes, your girl not only hit, but smashed those goals!
I studied Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of The Bahamas (formerly The College of The Bahamas) and then went off to study Writing and Communications at The University of Tampa (go Spartans!) and wrote for the campus newspaper there. I’ve worked as news anchor for two of three TV stations here in The Bahamas, worked at all three mainstream newspaper outlets and built my initial brand as a reporter…the one always wearing high heels and red lipstick! lol! 🙂
In this capacity, I wrote about national issues and events that helped to shape the discourse of the country, I interviewed prime ministers and leaders, told the human interest stories of those who were hurting, those who were helping and even those who were being hailed as heroes. I loved working in news and being able to have a hand in these important topics and subjects that affected Bahamians everywhere.
Honestly, being a reporter is where so many people know me from and was the platform I built on when I branched out and transitioned into a full-time blogger.
Now as a blogger, I write about travel and beauty and lifestyle and career and sometimes…a cute polka dot dress I bought for $13. And it’s here, that the burden and nagging sensation kicks in!
Many days I’m forced to question myself and ask;
Am I wasting my degree by not being more involved in the national discourse and using my platform and website to touch on those issues?
It’s so funny to even think about, because I first started my blog as a creative outlet and a place to take a mental break from the politics and the crime and the union uproars and press conferences that had become a part of my DNA. But over time what I thought was just a hobby became a love and then it became a passion and eventually my job.
It was very intentional, when I first left the news business that I would leave behind everything that came with it and only focus on lifestyle side of life.
What new nail polishes are trending? How does one cope after quitting their job? What’s fun to do in Dubai? How to cope with grief during the holidays?
These were the articles that I wanted to read, but couldn’t find online, so I wrote them myself. I knew that while so many people loved keeping up with the news, they also wanted to read about hair care and how to deal with running into bad customer service and how new brides really cope after the marriage and all of the other things they deal with and think about on the daily. They wanted someone to relate to, outside of the news.
I wanted to give them a break from the news too and over the past four years, I used this blog to do just that! But now I feel guilty. I feel guilty when I see so much being said about government issues, labour unrest and even crime in my country, but I’m in the midst of scheduling a blog about my favorite fall lipsticks. Now, once you’re a journalist, you’re a journalist, darling and whether you choose to be an entertainment journalist or a political journalist, talent speaks for itself.
While I do know that these lifestyle articles and stories provide a healthy balance for readers, I’m just conflicted and wonder if this is all I should be doing.