Am I Supposed to Keep Everything to Myself Now?!
I’ve been on a Twitter break these last few days and the urge to use it hasn’t been because I want to read what others are talking about, but because I have no outlet for my own random thoughts. Is that sad? Vain? I don’t know. But it’s just like, “Am I supposed to keep everything to myself now?!”, even though that’s what normal people do. It is strange that sometimes I feel the need to share certain thoughts in some form, yet I don’t think it necessary to just say out loud. I mean what’s the point of putting them “out there” at all?
When I got such urges to share what I’m thinking, I reminded myself that I am neither important enough, nor have a following large enough to make my thoughts worthy of being shared. Shouting into my echo chamber* won’t change the world and similarly my tweets, my thoughts, won’t have much of an influence on my followers. They can do without my thoughts just fine.
I am not discrediting anyone who tries to use social media in a positive way, whether that is for Islam, social justice or anything else. I’m just saying that I’m not that important and my words alone don’t hold much weight.
In light of my blog ‘Ramadan Reality Check’ being featured on Freshly Pressed (Pretty cool, eh? Can I start calling myself a “blogger” now? Shall I put it on my CV?) and the exposure that the blog has received, I wanted to say my thoughts on my tweets also apply to my blogs.
I’m probably the only contributor on here without a bio under their name and that’s because I find it hard to describe myself. Maybe that says more about me than I should be sharing! But consider the following a “bio” as well as a disclaimer:
I am just a twenty-something year old undergrad from England. I am not part of any formal Islamic education programme. I am still figuring out “who I am” and “what I want to do” and while I do that I’d just like to share my reflections and experiences in life (probably/especially) from an Islamic perspective.
It is almost impossible that whatever I write about on here is:
a) so original that no one else, in some corner of the web, hasn’t written about it already and
b) that I’m the most knowledgeable in whatever topic I choose to write about. In fact I’m most likely to be the least knowledgeable on most things but at the end of the day if I’m writing something based on my own personal experience it may be hard to compare that to someone else’s writing.
Oh, and I’m not that great at writing. I mean I re-read that featured blog and it really isn’t that well written. But despite that it has 200+ likes, a number of reblogs and people have left me some lovely comments. That’s a reminder that Allah guides who He wants and how He wants. If someone can take any good from my words then Alhamdulillah! And if I make a mistake, then first have a go at Nader for posting the blog without noticing :p , then feel free to correct me.
And despite talking myself down, I hope you still read my posts…I mean I’ll still write for you even if they’re not that great! LOL. And I thank you for taking your time to read my posts 😀
*I don’t really know if I’ve used the phrase “echo chamber” correctly.
By: @Yellow_Lellow (MW Contributor)