How I Roll
So my blogging mentor told me I need to create a posting schedule. At least once a week I should post something interesting for my vast fan base, which I think has increased 100% to two subscribers. After being advised of this posting requirement, I gave the topic quite a bit of thought. My first question was, “why would anyone take the time to read my worthless thoughts every week?” But apparently some people want to know about the whole writing process, and are willing to read the thoughts and experiences of an aspiring writer. So if there are people willing to read what I write, then I’m willing to write something for them.
But I don’t want to waste anyone’s time. It seems to me that if people are going to use their limited personal time to read my posts, then my posts better be worth it. With this in mind, I’ve created a list of rules and guiding principles for my posts:
1) I’m nobody special, haven’t accomplished anything really noteworthy yet and ain’t no expert on nuthin’. Accordingly, I will not talk down to anyone, because I’m in no position to do so. My writing isn’t a gift to you, your interest in my writing is your gift to me. If I ever use this blog as a means to display arrogance or condescension, I ask that you please call shenanigans on me.
2) I won’t use this blog to post worthless, inane comments about my personal life. Nobody cares what kind of music I like or what clothes I wear. The mundane details of my day to day activities don’t even interest me, much less anyone else. There will be no “Thank god its Friday!” or “Eating at Olive Garden!” posts on this blog.
3) Throughout my military and police careers I have known and respected a great many people who did not share my political or religious views. I’m generally conservative, a rabid political independent and a devout agnostic. I may have serious disagreements with someone, but that doesn’t mean I can’t respect them. Therefore there will be no hysterical “If you don’t agree with my opinions on politics/faith/the war/abortion/drug laws then you can’t be my friend!” drama on my blog.
4) I will not use this blog to post attacks on any political figure. I have done my best to keep partisan views out of my books and intend to do the same here. I will show respect for the President of the United States, even if I disagree with decisions he makes. I may post my political views, but will do so in a respectful manner.
5) I promise to stay in my lane. If there is any particular strength to my writing, I think it comes from the fact that I write about what I know. I don’t write about brain surgery, gourmet cooking or health care because I know nothing about those subjects. To keep my posts relevant, I will write about personal experiences or subjects of which I have personal knowledge. If I do have to step out of my lane and venture into uncharted waters, I will acknowledge that fact.
6) I am not a spokesman for anyone but me. I do not represent any branch of the military or any law enforcement agency. I own any opinions I write and any mistakes I make.
7) I will do my best to stick to subjects I’m passionate about, just as I’ve done with my novels. Some subjects I intend to blog about are the writing world, public misconceptions about the war and combat veterans, the “PTSD business,” the difference between support for the military and pity for the troops, and my thoughts on the true definition of military leadership. I am very open to suggestions for blog topics.
8) I will do my best to respond to every comment, but I have a job and big family plus part-time military service, so I have limited personal time. I’m also still writing novels on the side. If I don’t respond, please don’t take it as an insult. I probably just missed it or got caught up in something else.
9)This blog isn’t anti-police, anti-government, or a place for people to vent all their anger and suspicions about any political party, federal government agency or elected representative. I welcome rational, intelligently presented dissenting opinions. This is a site where I hope reasonable people can calmly discuss important issues. It’s not a place for internet tough-guyism, veiled threats made from the anonymous safety of a computer, or expressions of support for any revolution. Because I love this country, the last thing I’ll ever advocate is warfare between citizens and any arm of the government. The vast majority of police officers, members of the military and American citizens are fantastic people. We as a nation are strong enough to correct problems, even those we’re facing today, with discussion instead of violence.
I think that covers it, although I’m sure I’ll think of another ten rules as soon as I hit “publish.” My current plan is to write a blog post every Monday. To keep me from running out of material too quickly, I’ll probably alternate between opinion posts, war stories, and cop stories.
Remember I’m brand new to this, and may be totally off on these ideas. To be honest, the idea of writing a blog intimidates me. I’m scared. Hold me! Seriously, If anyone has good ideas on how I should run this blog, I’m all ears.
Thank you again for reading this. Once again, I hope my writing justifies your interest.