You don’t have to automatically agree with what people saying about a series or a character or a scene. You don’t have to be so afraid of conflict that you immediately agree and comply without considering their stances and opinions as well as deciding if their words make sense. And you shouldn’t mimic their words in an attempt to make them like you.
If they’re sensible folk, then they won’t hate you for disagreeing. And they actually probably want you to speak your own mind. That’s likely why they’re interacting with you – they want to hear your own opinions. They won’t care to hear their own thoughts regurgitated back at them. They’d be holding up their iPhones and telling Siri to repeat their words if that were the case.
The fact that you’re too quick to completely submit to their ideologies could actually offend them, to be honest. It shows that you’re not willing to put some actual thought into what you’re saying or writing. So treat them as equals. Have faith and believe that they can accept that you disagree. If they violate that trust and resort to insults in an attempt to convince you, then you can always walk away. But don’t let small, isolated failures prevent from reaching out due to anxiety or dread.
Don’t feel pressured to include everyone’s perspective when you produce content detailing your thoughts on a scene or theme from an anime series. Your readers are here to read your opinion. They’re not here to read what others are saying or thinking when they click on your content (disclaimer: all bets are off if your content involves polls).
There are those who argue for objective or even-handed stances, but most believe that everything is subjective to at least some degree. And if that’s the case, then you should own that biasness. Be proud of it and don’t shirk away from it. Boldly claim what you think and coherently explain the reasoning behind your stances. Let them disagree if they must. They’re entitled to their own opinions.
But you shouldn’t be afraid to speak out. You shouldn’t be afraid to be wrong, either, even if there’s a perpetuating online culture where those who make mistakes are shamed and defamed. If you find yourself being targeted, then listen to what they’re saying, consider if they make sense, and react accordingly. Don’t feel embarrassed if you end up changing your mind. It just goes to show that you’re willing to learn, that you want to really examine how you think about things without blindly following others. There is nothing wrong with that. Those are admirable traits and those who mock your change-of-heart are fools.
Lastly, don’t take it personally if you come across someone else’s content and they completely disagree with your beliefs. Just like you, they’re allowed to believe in what and interpret things how they want. Maybe you can (politely) start a conversation with them and try to understand why they hold such stances. Perhaps you can learn more about your own beliefs by doing so.
But don’t forget: your opinions matter. Your opinions matter. Your opinions matter.
If you tell yourself otherwise every time you hesitate to publish something, then I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong.
Your opinions matter. Please remember that.