We are currently hitting what I like to call a “dry spell” in any sort of Legend of Korra news. You’ve probably noticed that by now since my last two posts have dealt with a YouTube video and a release date for another country. And unless you were excited to find out that the UK would be getting Book 1 two months late, this has probably been a relatively boring week for Korra news. So since there is very little to talk about, I wanted to use this time to get all of you caught up with some of the future plans I have for this blog. I don’t want to announce everything today, but just know that the premiere of Book 2 will be special in more ways than one.
Tomorrow I will be making a guest appearance on Avatar: The Last Airbender Online’s Podcast to talk some Legend of Korra. I made an appearance on their show back in January and we sort of did an “Admin Talk” type of show where we discussed what it was like to run Legend of Korra fan sites. We then went into some Book 1 discussion and ended the show with Book 2 speculation. Tomorrow I will be making an appearance to talk specifically about Book 2, the lack of news, Nickelodeon and possible release dates for Book 2.
Doing the show the first time was loads of fun and I got some pretty good feedback from the community over at Avatar: The Last Airbender Online as well as the small community we had going here back in January. But since then, this site has taken enormous steps in terms of its popularity. I can’t really explain how it took such huge strides since then, but just by looking at the statistic sheet, the amount of visitors has doubled since January.
That’s absolutely incredible, and I can only thank all of you for that.
Anyways, the show will be recorded in the morning and I’ll hopefully have a link posted to it here in the afternoon. I look forward to hearing all of your feedback, both positive and negative, so be sure to check that out in your spare time.
Next up, I wanted to introduce something that I will be referring to as Guest Posts from here on out.
As most of you have probably noticed, most of the people who read this blog are highly opinionated, hard core fans of the Avatar series. Over the past year or so, most of my posts have either been news or my opinions. But I’m not the only one who has an opinion – in fact I’m sure almost every single person who reads this blog has his or her own opinion on the topic at hand.
In order to help make this blog more community orientated, I will be allowing Guest Posts from you, my readers. All you have to do is write up some sort of Avatar-Related opinionated post and email it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). One thing you should understand is that I won’t be posting guest posts all too often. Maybe a few a month. So if you want to get published, send me your best work. And make sure it’s grammatically sound; if there are tons of errors in it, I probably won’t even finish reading it. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but I still need to ensure that quality of this blog is upheld, and I don’t want to be spending my free time proofreading guest posts.
I have other things to do such as visiting an abandoned mental asylum with friends and getting drunk off of moonshine.
The last thing I wanted to talk about is sort of random and totally unrelated to Korra, but it’s something personal that I really wanted to share with all of you. If you don’t care to read about my personal stories, I won’t be offended if you just skip to the comment section.
Start of my personal story -
I’m sure most of you have heard about Jason Collins’ historic story about becoming the first openly gay pro athlete. If you haven’t, Jason Collins is a professional NBA player for the Washington Wizards who just recently announced that he is gay, making him the first pro athlete to be openly gay. In my opinion, the best part of this story is not necessarily that Collins publicly announced his sexuality. The best part is the amount of support and praise he received for doing so.
In a time where we are constantly reminded how cruel of a place the world can be, it’s refreshing to see the public come together and show so much support for a personal matter that was made public.
The reason why I bring this up is because earlier today, I was browsing my Facebook News Feed, just engaging in my typical business of stalkery, and I stumbled upon a LENGTHY post from a kid in my school. I don’t know him too well because he is pretty shy, but he basically confessed that he was gay. He talked about how life had been so confusing for him for so many years, but that he finally understood himself. I don’t want to go into too much detail, but one thing I did notice was that he received a tremendous amount of support from pretty much his entire grade.
Seeing that really made me feel happy for the guy because I support him 100%; I really hope he finds peace, happiness and acceptance with himself. Unfortunately, not everyone in this world can show support for something like that. I’m not here to start some sort of religious war or anything because I understand that this is a very sensitive topic, but I definitely do have something to say to each and every one of you out there:
Whether you support something like this or not is not the question. Everyone is entitled to his or her beliefs. But the fact of the matter is that everyone is human. Everyone deserves to be treated with equality. So even if you can’t support people like Jason Collins, understand that they still deserve your respect because they’re human too.
In the mid 1900’s, America was exposed to segregation and racial discrimination. Doesn’t it all seem so stupid now? 50 years from now I can guarantee you that the future generation will be looking back at us thinking the same thing.
Whether or not you are willing to support is not the question (that’s up to you). But whether or not you are willing to respect is. And I truly hope each and every one of you chooses to respect.
End of my personal story -
With that, I leave you to post your thoughts in the comments below. If I managed to offend you in any way, I truly am sorry. That was not my intention.