On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path from writing to publishing, marketing and publishing again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.
August is the Sunday of Summer and this Year it is also the Sunday of another Election Cycle
I feel like I write this same post at this time every year. It’s the Sunday of summer and I’m having twinges of sadness because it’s coming to the end and feelings of regret because once again I have failed miserably to accomplish most of my summer writing goals. I know it’s time to put a schedule together and to stick to it but I am not ready for the Monday of Fall, not yet.
This year, come September not only will it be back to school or the reality of empty nest, the return of schedules and routine we are about to be bombarded with SO much political propaganda, conspiracy theories, doomsday scenarios and the endless annoying adds.
When I hear comments like, “These are the worst two candidates we’ve ever had run for the presidency of the United States,” I almost want to laugh. I will admit the last presidential election was boring. Not many others have fallen into the boring category. How soon we forget.
A friend wrote a play, My Mother was a Democrat/ My Father was a Republican. I went to the stage reading of the play the other night and what a reminder that times have not changed as much as we believe they have. The play is based on the author’s family and the election of 1960 between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. If you don’t remember that one research it. Talk about contention. To say those two candidates had low approval ratings is an understatement. Like this cycles candidates they were either passionately loved or hated. There was no gray area in between them.
As an author and blogger it’s hard for me to keep from getting sucked into the cesspool of ugly mud- slinging and constant social media tit for tat.
What is the right/moral way for writers and bloggers to handle political elections? After all this is America and we are all entitled to our opinions and our right to free speech, right? Of course that’s true but I’ve seen daily posts of people saying I gave him or her a piece of my mind and then I blocked or unfriended them. People saying, if I see his name one more time I’m going to be physically ill or if I see her face again I’m going to scream.
Personally I would never, ever block someone because I disagreed with their politics. We all have an opinion and I am truly interested in everyone’s back story. People believe what they believe for a reason. There is always a personal reason. It’s probably the old school journalist in me. I always want to hear both sides. I want the truth not the political spin or talking points.
Debate I love. The bullying and hate is tough especially coming from so many women.
Personally I am fine with whoever wins. I am not worried about the world coming to an end or trains full of deported immigrants that have been ripped from their families. It’s not going to happen. The fear mongering on both sides is just that. One will lean to the right and the other to the left. Do I prefer one over the other, of course I do.
I don’t write a lot of political posts on my own blog. I think I get it out of my system by writing sponsored political posts for both sides. I may write one or two later this fall, I’m not sure yet.
However I have gotten sucked into the tit for tat on Twitter and Facebook. I’m angry with myself for that. I know I will never change someone’s vote by constantly posting negative articles and gotchas about the ‘other’ candidate. That does nothing but cause people to react defensively. It makes them angry. It’s also lazy. No real research and thought goes into those shares and re-tweets. I don’t like feeling defensive and angry. It’s against my nature.
This fall I plan to be posting a lot of pumpkin recipes, cute kids and cuddly kitten photos on social media. As far as the blog there are so many issues I want to write about and I have a new book coming soon, a book based on my Writing Wednesday posts.
How do you handle politics on your blog? How about in person?