I have to admit something. 6 months ago, I had no idea what Thought Catalog was.
About 3 months ago I was bored at work and I texted a friend, “What do you look at when you have down time at work?” My insanely genius friend texted me back and said “Luke Bryan Pandora and check out Thought Catalog.” Luke Bryan Pandora was a given, because he is our favorite country artist. But this site she had named seemed so foreign to me. I googled it and sure enough I clicked on the link and was brought to the site.
I was hooked.
Obsessed. Intrigued. Any other synonym you can think of applied. I read about 20 different stories a day. I followed the twitter, read every contributor’s bio and bookmarked stories I wanted to read over and over again. I hoped for down time at work so I could read more. This is when I realized that I had to write for this site.
Thought Catalog gives us a voice. Current events, life events, personal struggles, and triumphs make it onto the site. Questions are asked and questions are answered. These amazing writers bring up controversy and start a dialogue.
The last thing I want to do is beat a dead horse, (that is such a bad old saying) but what made me want to write this post was the Amy Glass situation. I have never seen such controversy over one post before. Sometimes someone will write a follow up post, or the comments section will explode, but this was on a whole other level. It made me realize how strong we all are as writers. Although the reaction to Amy Glass’s article was outrage, she started a movement. She began a dialogue. So many stories were written because of what she wrote. That is what good writing is all about. People agreeing and disagreeing so strongly that they speak out. That is what Thought Catalog is about, starting a dialogue.
So many people write a nasty or hateful comment in the comment section and move on. As writers, we can see the comments. I know that’s why you write them but we take the time out of our day to write something we are proud enough to post online then you take 10 seconds to ruin our day by writing a comment that is so far from constructive its actually humorous.
I challenge you to write about it. If you hate my post or if you like it, write about it. Challenge my views. Start a dialogue.
Now I know that maybe too many people answered to the Amy Glass story and I could tell that some people were getting annoyed but I was so happy to see that many people wrote down their views and submitted them to Thought Catalog. This should happen more often. We are the ones who run the site. Without the readers and without the writers Thought Catalog wouldn’t exist.
The reason I became so obsessed with this site is because of the intelligent and creative writers who contribute to the site. These writers are who inspired me to want to write for the site as well.
The next time you see a story that inspires you, write about it. Having a voice is an amazing tool to have in life.