I have, on more than one occassion, been asked how to go about starting your own blog. My first response is, "Wouldn't you rather want to ask someone successful?"
They usually laugh, then I laugh, too - awkwardly - because I realize they believe I am successful. So, I tell them to get themselves an account on Blogspot or Wordpress, have something engaging to say, know who your audience is, and promote, promote, promote - mostly through social networking. I tell them there are also sources out there, like article directories, where they could get free articles if necessary to enhance their content. If they get good enough, they could even submit articles to sites like these, for others to use.
It sounds professional, no? And that's all I aim for: the appearance of knowing what I'm talking about. Which is why I read stuff. Sure, if I didn't read stuff, I could still blog about the family and how crazy it was when I went to brush my teeth but couldn't find my toothbrush, or that sun glare sucks when you commute, but eventually I'd hit on something personal that would anger my family or you'd all suffer work-related injuries as you fell asleep reading my posts and smacked your heads on your desks (yeah, go ahead and try to tell me you don't read this on work time!).
So, I read stuff. Take for instance an article I read by Joe Klein in Time Magazine this week. Now, for any of you unfamiliar with Mr. Klein he is so far left, he could tell you right now, with visual confirmation, what President Obama had for dinner last night. YET, Mr. Klein wrote an article decrying President Obama's domestic agenda.
At first, I called a friend in Cleveland to see if it had frozen over, but I was quickly assured that it had not. So I read beyond the headline - something I used to hate doing because it would mean getting mired in all those 'facts' and stuff, but with today's journalism, there's no longer that to fear (and, yes, I understand Joe Klein's column is an opinion piece, not actual news). It didn't take long to notice that this wasn't so much a criticism of President Obama's policies, but a criticism of his inability to push them further, much like Greenpeace's protest of the Cap and Trade Bill wasn't so much against the idea of Cap and Trade but that Cap and Trade didn't do enough.
Mr. Klein insists, in his article, that Obama has lost focus, that his health care and alternative energy bills will be mutilated by the Senate if they're even passed (his lips to God's ears!), and that he is not keeping the public informed on the stimulus which he, supposedly, spoke so eloquently about in his first 100 days. Klein then acknowledges that most people are happy with their healthcare and don't consider climate change a major issue. Despite that more and more people and governments around the world are expressing skepticism on the whole climate change issue, Klein insists that Obama needs to convince us it's important and how much we will need to sacrifice. For fairness' sake, Klein does also say that our dependence on foreign oil raises many national security issues - a point with which I agreed (however, I won't hold my breath until Klein supports nuclear power or utilizing the oil we have in our country and off-shore). Klein then gets to the point of his article: Obama must stop being afraid to tax people and the American population needs to get over their fear of more taxes, not because we're not going to have more taxes, but because we should just begin accepting them as a way of life.
At that point, Mr. Klein apparently sent his article to his editor and resumed residency in the President's posterior.
Then I laughed. The President should stop being afraid to tax us?? At what point was it, again, tht he hesitated to do this? He hasn't - he's just hesitated to CALL it a tax. But he's been trying everything possible to make sure we can't afford to live in this country.
Of course it didn't take Klein long to take a jab at President Bush because we must all remember that no matter what terrible ideas Obama has, what horrible paths he follows, it's all Bush's fault. Bush spent terribly, no argument from me, but that apparently gives Obama the right to quadruple our debt and continue to blame it on Bush. Each American right now is born with tens of thousands of dollars in debt to the US Government and they want to spend more!! Despite the fact that Obama joked on the All-Star game that we're out of money, he wants to come up with another 1.5 Trillion for healthcare a second stimulus, etc. etc. etc.
But it's all Bush's fault. Which, by the way, the President was sure to remind the people of Michigan in a Town Hall style meeting yesterday that was changed to a plain speech. He said that he likes how the people who caused this recession more than 20 months ago like to say it's his responsibility and, so fine, he takes responsibility because it's not his place to complain and gripe about it (meanwhile, if you pay any attention to that statement you'll notice he's complaining, griping, and passing the blame by saying he's not complaining, griping, or passing the blame).
By the way, why would they change the format of the meeting? Because they were afraid to take hostile questions. Remember, President Obama only likes nicely controlled news situations, where he knows what the questions will be and who is going to ask them. Not having this control yesterday, he decided instead to just silence the people.
Am I surprised by this? No. As much as I am not surprised that a friend of a co-worker was kicked out of a GARAGE SALE this weekend because she said something to a friend about Obama raising taxes and the person holding the garage sale - an Obama supporter - heard it and got angry at her.
So, one of these days, I may give that article directory a shot, because it will be hard to write my own content after my brain explodes from trying to understand the left's way of thinking.
J.E. Braun is the author of Paranoia, a 9/11 survivor's tale. Jim survived 9/11 but his life did not. Follow one man's journey through post-traumatic stress as he attempts to rediscover what once made life worth living. 10% of profits will be donated to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund (www.ttof.org). For more information, visit www.jebraun.com.