Blog Introductory Post

Welcome to my new blog!

The first blog post is always a little bit awkward.

Although I am nervous about launching my blog, it has been a long time coming! It is easy to sit on ideas and let them build, but it is harder to make them into a reality that you are proud to share.

So, finally, I took some time, sat down, and wrote. I had a lot of extra time on my hands amid the COVID-19 crisis, so I let my creative and investigative juices fuel my writing spirit. If you’ve read the “about me” page on my website, then you’ll know that I am a full-time content writer.

Well, although I chose writing as a career, and I love the content I get to publish, it isn’t always content that originated with me and my ideas. I get to help other bloggers and outdoor companies build their digital following while sharing my experiences, and that is extremely rewarding.

Still, I was continually thinking about how I could further my impact.

Topics I Plan to Cover

If you know me personally, you’ll know that I am a vegan. As a vegan, all of my decisions and lifestyle choices revolve around environmental advocacy, animal rights, and my health. At first, I wanted to share these things with the world, and more specifically, with the outdoor community. I thought maybe I’d focus on things like vegan backpacking tips and gear or vegan travel guides.

Then, after far too much overthinking and some insightful conversations, I decided that I would focus on the parts of being vegan that are hard to talk about and that are often ignored—the elements of veganism that aren’t so “trendy” as they are controversial.

My goal is to uncover truths, answer burning questions, and discover with others.

The number one thing that I want to accomplish with publishing these articles is to raise awareness surrounding issues regarding animal rights and environmental advocacy. While I am vegan for my health as well, I won’t spend a lot of time covering topics relating to the health benefits of a plant-based diet (although if you want, I can point you to some helpful resources).

I will pull from my personal life and professional experiences as well as reach out to experts that can shed more light on the accuracy of my claims. I’ll be taking a journalistic approach to cover current and local issues that continue to be ignored.

Don’t worry, I don’t plan on being biased either. I want to be as objective as possible in my research and publications. Some things that I plan to discuss will likely make you feel uncomfortable and may cause you to question your current lifestyle choices. That's the point!

These moral implications are not to make you feel bad about yourself or your decisions. They’re to shed light on the wrongs of the world and what we can do as individuals to make a difference.

While I love reading articles that highlight what is wrong with society (who doesn’t love a passionate rant now and again?), it can be hard to find reliable places that offer solutions as well. It will take time and effort, and I might not always be right, but in all of the problems that I present, I intend to provide a viable solution or at least an idea that may lead to a solution down the line.

I will also be sharing stories of inspiration surrounding businesses that are stepping up to create a less wasteful product or non-profits working for the betterment of our planet.

I may even share a few of my favorite environmentally focused books, movies, videos, and products. I do not want this to be my main focus, but I want to provide information as well as resources for continued exploration of ideas and solutions.

To me, activism isn’t just about awareness, but it is also about working on building a solution to our problem. Awareness is a stepping stone, but it cannot be the end of the line.

What I Need From You

Readers are the most essential part of any successful blog or website, so I need a little help from you. No, I’m not going to ask you to like, share, or subscribe to anything. You should just do those things if you deem my articles interesting enough to read regularly.

What I want is to know your burning questions and what concerns you have about our future.

If you’re a reader that isn’t vegan, what are your burning questions?

What environmental crises are happening in your community that you feel are being ignored?

Is there animal cruelty in the world that you think should be exposed?

Are there vegan “myths” that you think should be debunked?

What is the most significant social, cultural, or environmental issue of our time?

These are the types of questions that I wanted you to ask yourself. I have a laundry list of article ideas and articles in the works, but I want us to embark on this journey together. It cannot only be about me! There are so many questions I’m seeking to answer, but they may not be the same questions you’ve been asking.

As I publish more articles and ask more questions, I hope that you’ll join the conversation in a way that builds community and inspires social change.

I’m Not an Expert & I Won’t Claim To Be

The last thing that I will leave you with during this introductory post is the knowledge that I am not an expert government official, environmental scientist, or even an expert journalist.

The word expert is often overused anyway. I do not intend on claiming that my information is the end-all source as these are open conversations with my readers.

Although I am not an expert in many things, I can say that I am passionate and driven. Especially in regard to uncovering the truth and finding solutions. There is so much to be learned, and there is so much social change that needs to be pushed forward.

In the age of information, we must forge our own path to avoid falling victim to misinformation, ignorance, or hypocrisy.

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