What Has Happened To Democracy?

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Misc | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The current state of democracy is an abomination of what democracy means, what it is all about. It is more an elected autocracy where a king or queen is elected for a term to make all the decisions. The government is supposed to serve the people, not the people serving the government. The government cannot exist without the people, period. But it is possible for the people to exist without the government. Think about that.


What Democracy is About:

Democracy isn’t about laying on your couch and getting up to vote every 4 years. Democracy is about citizens’ involvement and autonomy. It is about activism, getting involved at the local, grassroots level. Democracy is about citizens taking an active role in the country, even though manning the couch is easier.


Change:

Governments are bureaucratic. They are not effecient and they are not effective. They spend a lot of resources and don’t get much done. You cannot rely on the government to solve problems or bring change. Change happens on the local level with regular people.

It doesn’t matter who the president is
; what matters is what the people do. People taking action about things they are passionate about is far more effective than any government or president could be.

It is up to the people, you and I, to make the changes we want, not simply vote for whoever promises to bring the change. The people do have a say, but nobody will hear you unless you voice it. Join or start groups and organizations that get involved to take control and make the changes they want.


Get involved:


Take action on matters that you strongly believe in.
Don’t expect or assume that the government will make the change for you; it won’t.

Eric

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Tips For Writing a Great Blog

Posted on May 27, 2008. Filed under: Misc, Writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few people have asked me about tips for writing a blog and how to get more readers. Here are some tips that should help you improve your blog. I’ll offer what advice I can…

My credentials: I don’t really have any, other than I write passionately about what I am interested in and passionate about. I get about 400 pageviews a day, but I also post a few times a day as well. I don’t link to or promote this blog. What I write gets chosen by you. I offer it; you read it. That’s it.

If there is any key to successful writing it is: write about something that energizes you.

Go through this list of tips and keep track of which ones you already do and which ones you need improvement on. When you’re done, go through it again!

General Tips:

  • Write about something you like/enjoy.
  • Say what you think and what’s on your mind. Be honest.
  • Write like crazy, until your fingers hurt.
  • Style and personality: it will make itself evident if you write what you are passionate about.
  • Writing great content helps. It gets recognized and acknowledged by people.

Specific Tips:

  • Use good titles
  • Proofread and edit your posts.
  • Use proper spelling and grammar. Don’t get sloppy or lazy.
  • Tweak it. See how it looks and make appropriate changes.
  • Update posts with new and additional information.
  • Write short paragraphs for your readers. Comfort is everything when reading and big chunky paragraphs are hard on the eyes and easy to lose your place. People usually scan when reading on the net.
  • Keep it brief, but not too brief. People have a lot to do during the day and can’t spend all their time reading your post. Be concise, but explain yourself adequately. Don’t drown your readers in details.
  • Don’t bore your readers, and whatever you do, don’t write like a encyclopedia. Don’t be technical. People read blogs because of their causal style and to read others’ personal thoughts and experiences.
  • Use bulleted lists (like this one) to list items or to emphasize several main points.
  • Follow-up posts with comments and become involved in discussion. Stir interest by asking your readers a question.

I think titles matter, because people won’t click it if the title doesn’t interest them. The first few lines of your post matter for the same reason, and I’m working on that…

The best advice I can offer for this is general advice: write what you are passionate about and others will be interested in reading it. Don’t bore your readers. If it doesn’t interest you passionately, write about something else. Readers can tell whether or not you are interested in what you’re writing about.

If you want more info, please read:

I hope this helps,

Eric

P.S. If you liked this post and found it useful, feel free to link to it and bookmark it on del.icio.us.

If you have any tips you’d like to share, please post them in the comments section.

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What are Those Birds Singing For?

Posted on May 26, 2008. Filed under: Happiness, Inspirational, Life, You | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What reason do they have to sing? Why are they singing? Because they are cheerful. They are happy to be alive. The sun is shining and the weather is nice so they sing in celebration of life. They are in a good mood; they’re enjoying life.

They don’t care if its only 4:00 in the morning. To them, its the beginning of another day. They don’t care that your alarm isn’t set to go off until 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. They aren’t going to wait for sleepy humans. They sing as soon as they wake up and the day starts.

What do birds do on rainy days when it isn’t nice outside? They wait for the sun to come out so they can sing again.

Have a good day,

Eric

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