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Do you publish on WordPress? Then, you are a public figure

Posted on: January 19, 2010

Do you publish on WordPress? Then, you are a public figure; (Jan. 22, 2010)

            “Once your writing goes into print then your moral liberty is restricted: it entered the domain of others’ moral values and you have to take responsibility of what you published” wrote the Lebanese author Charles Corm in 1949.  Thus, there is a difference between writing for your own pleasure and publishing.  Publishing your work carries a public function that you are doomed to shoulder. There is no such thing as publishing for “Art sake”: if you have to publish then, at least, have a political position that has germinated since every thought, idea, or action disseminated to the public connote a political undertone. There is always an implicit mission that permeates the published work.

            An abbot wrote in 1771 “We have got to steadfastly refrain from writing.  If we have to write then it better be worthier than silence”.  The need to commune with the reader presumes a good level of honesty and a will to care. The ultimate mission is to communicate personal struggles; how you overcame shortcomings, the attempts and challenges that obstructed your journey to personal discoveries, and the many ways to succumb to our frailties and limitations: there is an implicit purpose to express and describe the journey since we don’t need to reach the goal as long as we are on the journey’s track.

            Are there messages from the past that we shortcutted subconsciously in our frenzied strife to advance in the future?  Many say that we write for “a moment of eternity”.  If that is true then what you wrote was the honest final confession.  How come your final confession keeps succeeding for years to come?  Are you an immortal sinner?  If you cannot communicate heart and courage in what you publish and how you proceed to discover your nature then why the bother?

If you are not an “expert” in the subject matter then try not to extend resolutions: leave it to the reader to reflect on the “problematic”.  First, if your solution is meant to flatter the reader then you are necessarily a demagogue and your credibility will be tarnished.  Second, if you mean to provoke the reader into reflecting on the problem then you better be cognizant on the varied leverages and facts; communicate the facts and several alterative resolutions and let the reader decide on his own. Do you want effect? The, let your title expresses the intended effect; then, structure your article and learn to write well.

            Victor Hugo said: “Light is in the book”.  Let reading lights your path.

1 Response to "Do you publish on WordPress? Then, you are a public figure"

Brilliant. I totally agree with this notion.

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