Hello gentle readers! I’m very glad to have you on board with the Small Strokes blog. This project has taken off in ways I can’t even imagine, and mostly because of participation from people like you! While my inbox is exploding with awesome comments, guest posts, and podcast ideas, I think this might be a good time to remind you of my posting and comment policy. No matter how awesome your comment is – and they all are! – it still must adhere to the policy. You can find the entire policy here, what follows is merely an excerpt.
My blog ground rules:
I don’t swear. Or I try not to. I know swearing in blogs can be seen as women taking control of language that they have been encouraged not to use by men. I appreciate that. I just don’t think it’s necessary to make a point. And I don’t tolerate the over use of vulgar language from commenters. I reserve the right to edit and remove any comments that violate this rule. I will try my best to take out any vulgarity out and keep the integrity of your comment, but if you’re just being mean, that’s not cool.
This blog is not overtly political. You may think I’m a bad feminist because of this, but I will not post anything here (written by me or written by others) about super-controversial topics. You all know the kinds of topics I’m talking about here, so I won’t run down the ENTIRE list, but one of my favorite coworkers from my last job used to tell her students that, when it came to writing topics, there was to be “no booze, no drugs, no sex, no God, no wackos.” I follow sort of the same idea here. I don’t write about this stuff, and I don’t post links about this stuff.
My hope for this blog is that it helps empower women (young and old and everywhere in between) to do what they feel is right, and to know that they are not alone. I hope that, by sharing some of my experiences without talking politics, I can share with people the personal side of feminism – what women think about, talk about, struggle with, and do on a daily basis that sometimes has larger, political implications, but more often than not feels intensely individual. It is, in this way, that I hope to make a few small strokes of my own.