#OOTD: What’s the matter with think pieces?

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I’m an internet junkie, there’s no denying that. I love how the internet brings people with the same interests, issues and problematics all together. It’s like being able to choose a family and making that choice about you and not others.

But there’s no denying that the internet also brings all of the unwanted attention and criticism that makes it to the light thanks to how anonymous it can be — and people even venture to write down their opinions with name and surname as well! I get the feeling that, even though we know that all of us living offline make the internet (neighbours, bosses, colleagues, exes, nemesis…), we naively seem to believe that there are different people behind the screen, you know. It doesn’t really occur to us that our coworkers will read our blogs (hello babes, I know you’re out there LOL) and our ex bf/gf/high school classmates are lurking (stalking) to see what’s new with our lives.

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The truth is that the ugly makes it to the internet as well.

A few weeks ago, I came across an article that pretty much discredited think pieces as a whole, calling it false and easy journalism for kiddos. I’m not going to put down the link here, because I definitely don’t want to give this person or website traffic from my blog, but if you research something along the lines of “how to write a think piece” you might come across its ugly presence.

I was devastated of course, considering that I committed to writing more thoughtful, in depth content, when SHINee’s Jonghyun passed away, as a way to giving back to ther world that has given so much to me. My think pieces are my way of putting my little grain of sand into the fantastic opinionated world we live in. I believe my personal experiences can help people feel less alone in the world, happier, can possibly make people laugh. Most of my favorite bloggers on the internet are highly opinionated and very thoughtful individuals in their blog posts! My biggest inspiration has always been Sophie Milner from Fashion Slave, who crafts the most perfect think pieces in the fashion blogging sphere, in my opinion.

People love opinions; they love it when people get out there and say what they think and expose themselves to the media criticism. We crave think pieces because we need to feel our writers closer and friendly, in my opinion. It’s easier to identify with a writer when they’re talking about something you care about in their own unique way; you find yourself nodding as you read through the article, thinking “yes, yes, that’s me, totally”, and that feels like you’re not so alone in “x” subject anymore (because we all know how hard it’s to find like-minded individuals physically near us nowadays in our common spaces). Compared to how a newspaper article feels, for example. We hardly get a grasp of the writer’s feelings, opinions or tone on the subject.

I believe this is why people love think pieces, meaty posts, opinionated content, so much.

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I’m wearing

Sweater is old, from local brand
Hogwarts Scarf from HP Warner Bros Tour Shop
Red stripe skinny jeans from Zara
Bourdeaux combat boots from Dr Martens

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And to end this article with a positive find I had during the raging day in which I found that discrediting article, I’m going to share with you this piece that defends think pieces in a wonderful way:

”(…) Sometimes young writers, frazzled by the breadth of information they need to process in their day-to-day existence, just want to write. Specifically, they just want to write about the things they care about, or at least are trying to figure out. Personally, I see absolutely nothing wrong with giving them the tools and resources to do so. To me, this is the innate value of the “think piece” in 2016. (…)”.

Keep reading here, and let me know what your thoughts are on the subject in the comment section below! 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. July 23, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    I actually love think pieces – I think they are a lot more honest, interesting and impactful that what was the more “traditional” type of blog post. As someone who loves to write too, it’s right up my street. I haven’t read the article you refer to but I have read a few recently basically saying “what’s the point?” of think pieces. I guess it’s all personal preference, and important for us all to do what best suits us!

    • Sora
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      July 31, 2018 / 9:31 am

      *claps*. I’m so glad people still appreciate think pieces!

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