I work in the computer industry so blogging, tweeting, facesitting, weren’t unusual terms for me. However I am of a certain age and experience that I don’t jump and get the latest and greatest or try out new fads as soon as they come out. I had an Internet presence in the 1990s and had a “home page” so I was there at the start, but I’ve grown out of all the techy stuff, not that I don’t like watching the Gadget Show on Five. An example – I’m laughed at for my phone, its not got a camera, no MP3, no games, no apps, nothing except the ability to text and make phone calls. So I didn’t look into this blogging malarkey thinking it as a place where only nutters go.
Having said that I have been quite opinionated for some time. Grumpy Old Men comes to mind, though I’m not that old. But I only had my family to vent my frustrations out on. I’ve been left leaning most of my life but as I got older and wiser I realised that the socialist ideals were full of ideals but no substance. Also as I got older and wiser the authoritarian attitudes of the socialists became more and more overbearing as I found that the best way to do things is to take responsibility for your own actions. I mean, if you make a mistake at work you take the hit, you don’t say that it was your manager’s fault. Likewise if you make a mistake in life you can’t say it was your government’s fault.
Another factor that made me head away from the left, but not the right, was science and it’s basis – research. The process of checking everything and looking into the facts and figures of any story. So as I did this on many left success stories I found that it was only a veneer of socialism. Underneath there was nothing to back it up. Many of the figures would be cherry picked or alternatively ignored to push the socialism is great angle. When I looked into the background many times the truth was nothing like the story was told.
As the saying goes, “Not to be a socialist at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head“. When young the your emotion control your life, when older you naturally gain more experience and your head controls your life. So I have grown up.
It wasn’t until early 2010 that I first came across the term Libertarianism and realised that what it stood for is personal responsibility, common sense, little state, big society, self reliance, tolerance for others, and even family values. It doesn’t mean no advertising as some philosophers seem to think. Having just started my blog as a form of self release I still felt a bit self-conscious but as I left more and more comments on various blogs of all flavours and as I wasn’t told off for being a twat straight away I gained more confidence that I was thinking the right things. Then I found AR and saw the light! It was like a breath of fresh air amongst all the dry overtly political blogs whose only aim was to bash the opposite side but who are only preaching to the converted.
How did I end up helping run AR so quickly? Being in the right place at the right time basically and surviving a grilling from Anna as she checked me out! I’m not better than any of you, in fact AR runs on everyone being better than us authors as you can correct us, point out additional facts, and add detail. We only start you off with a topic of conversation. Along with Andrew Withers and Gildas and many others we are only the bartenders whilst Anna the landlady takes a bit of a rest. If you feel like submitting a story get in touch with us.
So why do you blog? You don’t need write your life story, but what kicked you into doing it? What made you angry enough to start, or are you just a plain egotist. How do you blog? At work or in the evenings? On a phone or laptop or desktop?