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Unpopular opinons

Every fall since 2011 I’ve attended a blogger conference. At this conference, one of the sponsors routinely provides cookies. These cookies are white chocolate covered Oreos coated in purple sprinkles and stamped with the sponsor’s logo. Most attendees refer to them as blogger crack. I refer to them as disgusting. 

I’m 100% comfortable with my opinion and I stand by it and also, it’s just a number of unpopular opinions I have or popular things I don’t like. For instance:

Pumpkin spice anything. The only right way to consume a PSL is dump it right down the drain and when I was in Walmart a few weeks ago, I swear to you I was in pumpkin spice hell (which is different than the regular hell that is Walmart). It’s madness, and it needs to stop immediately because we all know pumpkin spice really isn’t that great. You can tell yourself it is but really? NO. Apple cinnamon, maple pecan, hell the smell of wet leaves is better than pumpkin spice. 

Game of Thrones.  I don’t have any fucks to give about it and I don’t care to find a fuck. See also: Harry Potter related anything, Gilmore GirlsThe Walking Dead, This Is Us, any prime time reality show.

Audiobooks. I don’t like them. They’re not reading for me. They’re listening to someone tell me a story. When I read, I want to actively engage and read. Not passively listen. 

Wedding hashtags.  I get that they’re for finding all social media pictures from a particular wedding but good fucking lord. They’re stupid and take vanity to a level I am incredibly uncomfortable with. How do I make them stop? See also: the word “bumpdate”. Sorry, preggo friends. I hate the word and I’d like to banish it. 

Punctuation abuse. Look, I know it’s trendy to put grammar in a corner and forget that it’s important and to just say what you want and blame autocorrect. But OMG it is important and I will totally and forever judge you if you can’t use a proper apostrophe or understand the difference between “where” and “wear”. Also, if you’re trying to make a political statement about how kneeling during “The Star Spangled Banner” is unpatriotic and it is riddled with grammatical and punctuation errors, I will not take you seriously at all and your opinions are invalidated in my eyes. If you’re going to be that impassioned, at least take the time to spell words correctly. 

Ed Sheeran. I think his music sucks. There. I said it. (Also I’m not a huge Beyonce fan. I think she has an obscene amount of talent but I don’t get the constant and incessant worship)

Scarves in fall. How about scarves never? Putting a scarf around my neck makes me feel like I’m being strangled and I want it removed pronto. I will not purposefully spend money on a scarf as an accessory. Hell, I don’t like to spend money on them as a necessity for the 4 days a winter when NOT wearing one means I’ll freeze. 

Craft beers and IPAs. EWWWWWW for days. I’ll take my stouts and porters and my vodka sodas when I don’t feel like tearing up my stomach. But most microbrews are horrible and I don’t understand the love they get. 

Wine. I don’t like that, either. Except moscato. I’ll drink that. 

To be fair, I’m not completely immune to the allure of popular things. There are several that I do enjoy: 80s and 90s nostalgia, Carpool Karaoke, How To Get Away with Murder, hating on Joe Buck (he really fucking sucks, though), wasting time taking BuzzFeed quizzes, red lipstick, Adele, yoga pants, and all the IG pictures of coffee and sunsets and dogs and cats. 

It’s a good balance for me. 

How about you guys? What are some unpopular opinions you have about popular things?

Thanks to Stephanie for the post idea







  1. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    I think i’ve mentioned this before but my very first experience with a starbucks PSL was several years ago when it was all the rage. i paid my $6 (yes, SIX DOLLARS FOR COFFEE) and when i drank it, i fully expected flavour explosions in my mouth given how the internet was losing its shit over this drink…instead, it tasted like someone shat in my mouth. i was super pissed but drank it anyway because six dollars. that said though, I do like making pumpkin baked goods.
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  2. SMD

    I feel like I’ve done one of these (I feel like I’ve done most everything at this point?) but this post makes me want to if I haven’t, or to do it again. LOL

    I love scarves, I think they are so pretty but they look terrible on me most of the time and I don’t know why.

    I like pumpkin foods (bread, etc) so I’m annoyed that this pumpkin spice illness has made things so insane around the poor lovely pumpkin.

  3. Stephanie

    Ugh bumpdate is the worst, drives me totally crazy. But I love Ed Sheeran! Only the more upbeat pop songs though, I don’t like slow songs by anyone (which means I don’t like Adele.)
    IPAs are the worst, that hoppy shit gives me an instant headache. John’s little brother is a HUGE craft beer snob and loves IPAs so when we go somewhere with a big menu, he orders for me and says ‘here, I would hate this so I know you’ll love it’ and he’s always right. I drink ciders and fruity things and PBR, thanks very much.
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  4. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

    Can’t help but think that audiobook section was a total dig on what I wrote on twitter. : – I think everyone should just enjoy what they enjoy, and I never use the word “should” when it comes to one’s personal preferences. I happen to like them because I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and read, and I have always loved podcasts. Again, not for everyone. Moving on, I LOVE pumpkin but never took to pumpkin spiced lattes. They don’t taste like real pumpkin to me…more like chemicals. I think if I had HBO I would watch GOT, but since I don’t it’s easy to avoid. Plus, I’m actually trying as a whole to watch less violent stuff since I’m having trouble sleeping anyway. Finally, I LOOOVE wine and craft beers!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      LOL! I wrote this before that conversation.

  5. Audrey

    Hahahahaha. This is great 🙂 I don’t like Beyonce (well, her hype- not so much her) or craft beer or pumpkin spice everything. I like pumpkin cookies/ice cream and I occasionally get the drink from SB. I like pumpkin- not so much pumpkin spice (which isn’t even pumpkin!).
    We didn’t have a wedding hashtag. It wasn’t a thing yet when we got married. I’m glad for that 😉
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  6. Nadine

    I can’t find a fuck to give about Game of Thrones either. And I can’t stand having a scarf on my neck. Just typing that made me cringe. They look cute on other people though. IPA’s are so nasty. I don’t understand why every brewery has to make 10 different kind if IPA. Just stop! I like audiobooks. Right now, they are how I consume about 80% of my books. I spend so much time in my car, and I have little down time at home. I don’t mind a PSL once or twice a season, but I don’t need 50 products in the grocery store to be pumpkin spice flavored. It gets ridiculous and most sound so nasty. I do like pumpkin baked goods though. Like homemade pumpkin bars and stuff like that.

    You know what I hate that everyone seems to love? The bachelor!!! Seriously. How can anyone waste so much of their life on that shit??? And all these sheer tops that are everywhere. And rompers. The logistics of going to the bathroom alone….just no.

  7. Rebecca Jo

    haha… I have a coworker who is the same with scarves. I wear them all the time (Hello knitter) & she always shes she’s suffocating just looking at me 🙂 haha
    YESSSS to the Ed Sheeran & Beyonce thing – ugh. Not a fan.
    I actually like wedding hashtags only as a photographer to see pics others have posted or to show off my work for the rest of the bridal party… but yeah, some of them are pretty corny.
    I do love me some pumpkin flavored items, but PSL? Nope – i think its disgusting. & they are taking the pumpkin spice a little TOOOOO far. Just give me some pumpkin bread or pumpkin cookies & I’m good enough. I dont need my pasta or granola or anything else spiced up.

  8. Heather Lockhart

    To be clear, have you watched Game of Thrones and give 0 fucks because you didn’t like it or you don’t get the obsession? (Full disclosure: I’m guilty of being completely obsessed.)

    I feel like twitter users are the worst about punctuation and grammar and it drives me crazy too!

  9. Tanya @ A Mindful Migration

    I don’t hate pumpkin space as deeply as you do, but not a huge fan either. Mostly because I’m somewhat meh on pumpkin pie. I do, ironically, love a pumpkin curry I make every Fall but that’s about it. 😀 I’m very much a wannabe fan of scarves. I think they look gorgeous on everyone else and terrible on me. While I’m a diehard HP fan, I never got the Twilight or 50 Shades of Gray hype and I tried reading both. I don’t like reality TV or sports (not even the Olympics!) and both beer and wine fail to impress me, although I do like Champagne. I don’t like country music, which isn’t an unpopular opinion in LA, but growing up in rural Minnesota, it most definitely was.
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  10. Brittany Pines

    I like pumpkin spice in desserts/pastries, but I cannot stand the PSL. Every year I would try it once but it does nothing for me.

    Would & Steph mind if I “borrowed” this…having serious blogging-block lately? 😉

  11. Kay

    I died at this post hahah. I think pumpkin spice is nasty too. I like in the dang Caribbean and we have pumpkin spics frappes in starbucks… I don’t get it.

    I don’t like Harry Potter and don’t plan to. Its simply not my thing and I make no apologies.

    I would listen to an audiobook, but I don’t consider it reading. The English major in me needs my eyes to scan words to think of myself as reading.

    I am notoriously a grammar snob. “Affect” and “Effect” make me want to stab myself since I genuinely don’t think its that hard. Lately though, I’ve been a lot less of a ‘snob’ since Danny’s first language isn’t English (its Romanian) – making his English – not the best.

    1. Kay

      *live in

  12. Kristin Darhower

    We share a lot of the same (un)popular opinions actually. I do like Game of Thrones to the point where I’ll watch it with Scott but I don’t love it.
    I used to wear scarves in Alaska but my building here is too hot for that nonsense.

  13. Ali A

    Sorry, are we the same person? Aside from Ed Sheeran (Love him) I HATE pumpkin spice, wine, scarves (totally feel like I’m being strangled), GoT and the idea of audiobooks. We’re soulmates who hate the same things.

  14. texerinsydney

    I like most beer and most wine, but I know nothing about why I like them, what I’m tasting, if they are a microbrew or aged for years or whatever the fuck. I just like them.
    Popular musician that does nothing for me? Counting Crows. I was just reading a fb post of someone saying what an amazing show they put on in concert. I’ve read that from many others. I’ve seen them once and was bored.
    I like scarves. They cover my double chin(s).
    I don’t even know what “bumpdate” is referring to. How far along one is pregnant? Is that it? Maybe I just skim past those posts.
    My husband has been in several marriage equality “discussions” on social media recently. He said the same thing as you about spelling and punctuation. If they can’t pose an argument to him with proper spelling and punctuation, they lose all merit in his book.

  15. kristen

    bumpdate makes me want to bash my head against a wall. i hate pumpkin spice anything as well. i do like a good audiobook though, but it’s a different activity for me.. i don’t mind passively listening to certain things, especially non fiction. but i also get the need for actively reading and engaging a real book, so maybe that’s why i don’t mind also getting the audiobooks. i don’t understand people who only listen to books, personally. i think my audiobooks are like 5% of my total reading. but each to their own i guess. i like ed sheeran but i am not a beyonce fan.


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