March 1, 2005
AnarchAngel’s post earlier got me thinking about why I decided to start a blog. It started last summer with Dub Daily. If you go to Dub Daily, you’ll notice it hasn’t been updated since October. But he got me started into thinking about blogs. And when I no longer had his blog to comment on, I realized I needed to start my own.
I’ve always been one of those strange people who loves engineering. I absolutely love the idea of problem solving in the narrow sense of electronics. To analyze a problem, determine the root cause, devise a fix for the problem, validate the fix, and then sit back and watch as a customer who was ready to yell earlier is thanking me because I’ve saved his project. There is not much that I like more than solving problems.
But engineering isn’t enough for me. I’ve also long had a lot of ideas related to politics, the world, entertainment, group behavior, and all the other little quirks that make the world itself tick. My wife is adamantly apolitical, and doesn’t like to hear me go off on politics and policy. Most of my other friends in offline life don’t follow politics as closely as I do, and thus usually aren’t interested in debate either. With all the ideas flowing through my head, though, I needed an outlet. I’ve often thought that I am fairly unique in my beliefs and thoughts regarding our world (hence the name, Unrepentant Individual), and thus I believe I can bring a unique voice to the debate. The blogosphere seemed like the perfect place to let it all fly.
So I had one thing left to do. I wanted to create an initial post that would be worthy of starting a blog. I was not interested in starting off with a “here I am, I’ll post something interesting later” post. I finally was roused after the election and posted The Dumb American. Since then, I’ve started to grow into my voice. I’m starting to get an idea of what I’m doing. And I’m starting to realize that if I keep this up, and if I grow my readership, I might be able to make a difference. As AnarchAngel mentioned, “by changing minds one person at a time, we CAN grow back into a society of individual liberty.” I want to change some minds.
With all that said, I have an encouragement, a guideline, and a hard rule regarding the Unrepentant Individual:
Encouragement: Comments and dissent are highly encouraged. This blog is intended to spur debate. I view debate as the method where ideas are honed, improved, and occasionally struck down. I recently, through my own thinking and discussions in the blogosphere, have backed off the idea of private accounts for Social Security. Debate and discussion changes minds, and even if I don’t change the mind of the person I’m debating, and they don’t change mine, we can still affect the people reading the debate. If you like what I’m saying, let me know. If you don’t like what I’m saying, tell me why.
Guideline: Again relating to comments, I implore everyone to keep it civil. Ad hominem attacks do nothing but belittle the person advancing them. I haven’t seen much of a problem with this in the past, but I’ve seen blogs where this does not happen.
Hard Rule: I steal this from Neal Boortz’s radio show. We’re not going to debate abortion around here. I learned long ago that the two sides of that debate are so far apart that I don’t feel civil debate can bridge the gap. As such, any comment discussing abortion will be deleted. I don’t agree with the policy of deleting posts for positions one doesn’t like, so I’m not even going to publicize my own position regarding abortion. But I do feel this policy needs to be mentioned at least once, so that if it comes up, I have this to refer to. I hope you all understand.
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