When I first started blogging I was writing for About.com. As that relationship ended I registered my domain name, and started this blog in a tentative way. Soon I was asked to join another blog network.
I didn’t dare speak out
In both networks I stuck to my topic (information for freelance writers) and never ventured into politics or even ideas I knew might offend one group or another.
When the second blog network gig ended I started concentrating my efforts here. I kept the same policy – no politically or socially controversial posts. Sure, I’d look for something that was controversial in the writing industry, but that was about it. In truth was afraid I’d offend and lose readers.
Over the past few years I’ve loosened up a bit. I think I started in spring of 2009 with Writers Can Help Slow Global Warming 7 Ways. Of course, global warming has become climate change and we’re seeing changes in our climate that frighten me.
And those who follow this blog regularly must know by now that I’m a progressive.
Plus we’ve had an election in the U.S. and many of us, including me, are horrified at the results. Then there’s Fake News, which fortunately, I think, has come to the surface enough for Facebook and others to attempt to deal with it without stepping on First Amendment free speech rights – no easy task.
What’s a writer to do?
I think as freelance writers we need to speak out. No, this isn’t going to turn into a political site, I promise. And yes, I mean all writers, even those who don’t agree with me.
It’s in the discussion of these and many more issues that we have a chance of finding solutions. Freelance writers are in a good position to articulate issues and express reasoned opinions. Sure, the discussions often devolve into shouting matches, but that’s usually prefaced by a few cogent comments.
We can become trusted communicators on our blogs, in the magazine articles we write, our letters to the editor, and on other sites where well thought out opinions are sought.
What do you think? Is it time more writers spoke out? If you agree, how will you speak out? If you don’t, please tell us why.
And those safety pins? You’ll find out why here, and yes, I understand the controversy and choose to ignore it.
Write well and often,