• Monica Harris

Blogging My Way Through The Insanity...

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

If you're reading this, it's because you found my website for any number of reasons: you may follow me on Medium, someone may have passed along one of my articles and it resonated with you, or you may be a friend or like-minded soul I've connected with on my journey.

However you found me, I'm glad you did.

I created UNPLUGGED as a haven for those who don't think in lock-step with the majority. The people who visit don't always agree with me or each other; we're a diverse group of people who have one thing in common: we're open to looking at life through a "different" lens.

For the past year, I've tried to craft substantive and detailed analysis of current issues from a perspective that's often lost in popular discourse and rarely addressed in mainstream media. It's been a time-consuming labor of love, which means I haven't been able to write nearly as often as I'd like. The events of the past few months, however, have prompted me to re-assess the work I do and how I do it.

We're living in insane times now -- constantly adjusting to "new normals" and never knowing what to expect from one moment to the next. Moving through each day has become stressful. But these times have become especially difficult for anyone who thinks "different."People who choose to speak up and challenge the dominant narrative, don't believe "experts"are always right, and see those on the "other" side as complex individuals and not just stereotypes are finding these to be incredibly alienating and even maddening times. I know this because I'm one of these people, and I've never felt more alone in my life.

I will continue to write articles, but going forward I've decided to focus more on posting short pieces from an anecdotal perspective, sharing more of my personal experiences in these times. Maybe you're just like me -- the squarest of pegs who resist the round holes -- and if you are, maybe the best way for us to survive this emotional rollercoaster is to take comfort in knowing that we're not alone. This blog might end up being my online therapy, and you might appreciate sharing my session.

But even if you can't relate to everything I'm saying -- if you're a little rounder on the edges and don't have as much trouble fitting in -- I'm hoping that what I write might help you to better understand the perspective of people like me or others you disagree with.

I'm also hoping that what I write will prompt you to share your own thoughts and experiences (whether you agree with me or not). Maybe you have answers or suggestions. Maybe you have a strategy for coping with all of this that I and others don't. I think our best chance of making it to the other side of the insanity will require us to summon the courage to hear things we don't necessarily want to hear, without getting defensive or lashing out. If you're game, so am I.

I'll send notices to subscribers when I post, or you can always visit here.

Stay tuned, and thanks for coming along for the ride.

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