In the past I have written a few light Controversial Hubs, (abortion, posing nude, being fat not a crime etc)
I feel like writing against Somalian Piracy but this time I am a bit nervous that people might come after me. (being of African background and sort of speaking against the Somalians) At the moment they still have that innocent, retired British couple in their care and it’s not looking good. They are making a habit of kidnapping Foreigners for Millions. I don’t want any headache, but at the same time, want to speak out.
(It might not be deemed Controversial here, but it could be over there)
How do you deal with being nervous about writing an article?
Take in a deep breath, let it out slowly. Write down notes on another piece of paper, collect your thoughts and then once you are ready dive in and go straight for it.
maybe don't use Somilian, make up something but say this hub is based on fact??
Dont let your fears stop you from writing what you believe in. Heck you could write about vanilla ice cream and have it turn into a controversy.
Sounds like a great idea for a hub and I am looking forward to reading it.
Its sort of how I thought when I decided to write hubs about death and so forth. I though people would think me morbid after losing my dad only two weeks ago. However I have learned a lot about death and the industry that I thought it should be shared.
I write it, especially if it's controversial, you owe it to yourself to be honest and speak what is real even if its not always easy or popular. If you actually think your life could be in danger then I would give it some thought, but beyond that write what you want. Do not let others use fear, to master you.
What the Somalian pirates have been doing is a terrible thing. You shouldn't be scared - they are the ones putting fear into so many innocent people. I really can't see how writing about the topic could upset people. What these pirates are doing is fact and is now a global problem. No matter where you come from, threatening people with guns, kidnapping and hijacking for millions of dollars can't be justified. I'd be very interested to read your hub when you write it.
I don't think it's a good idea.
Playing the hero, is not a good game.
I know about 3rd world countries and gangs. They are not kidding.
And life's not a movie.
Maybe I misunderstand what you're saying, but I really can't see how writing an article on HubPages on what these pirates are doing can cause the author harm. Many news articles have been written about what's been happening and I don't remember hearing about these journalists being tracked down by the pirates???
Well then, give it a try !
Do you know this journalists? do you know the kind of threats they have to bear sometimes ?
do you live in a third world country ?
Do you know somalian gangs ?
But of course, if you think I'm wrong and confusing you, accept my apologies.
Far from my intention.
I would just really like it explained to me - do you REALLY think that writing an article explaining the sorts of things that have been going on would:
1) reach the Somalian pirates?
2) anger them so much that they would want to come after me
3) put me in danger even though there's no way anyone could know what my real name is, let alone my address?
The answers to your questions are:
-I don't know these journalists or the threats they receive
-I don't live in a third world country (obviously)
-I don't know any Somalian gangs
My question is, what does this have to do with my suggestion that writing an article about Somalian gangs on HubPages (do you really think they've even heard of HubPages) would endanger the author?
Exactly Tantrum. Some of them are very dangerous and into terrorism. There are thousands of Somalians in London.
So do you think that they would read your hub, somehow track you down and terrorise you for the article? Truly, is that what you believe would actually happen? Because if that's true, then I suppose I'll have to take this is another example of why I wouldn't want to live anywhere else but Australia. We don't live with such fear (yet). And yes, there are Somalians living in Australia as well.
Becoming a sacrificial lamb isn't what you want and I think that's what you're getting at, and I agree with it. No sense in bringing bad stuff to you that you don't need.
But there are two ways that you can look at it:
• You could write about piracy in general and draw some examples of what's going on with Somalians.
• But if you feel strongly about Somalian piracy, you really should pull up your bootstraps and write what you need to say about it. Generally, everyone is in agreement with you, but you are being the voice because you're feeling nudged to do so I'll bet.
Follow what your inner voices tells you. It always seems to pay off. At least I think so.
Again, I'm confused here. Do you really think that there's a danger in writing about piracy that is going on in the oceans near Somalia? I can't imagine these pirates sitting down and reading about themselves on HubPages, and who else would get so upset about such an article?
I think it's more about whatever we personally fear. All I did was try get in Lady_E's frame of thinking to see what it feels like and go from there. I think your point is valid, Michelle. But it depends more on what Lady_E would think about it.
Thanks so much for all your comments everyone.
I am pondering over them.
I've never been one to back down from a challenge tantrum, but I'm not going to steal Lady_E's idea. However if you decide not to write the article Lady_E, let us know and I'll put something together - I just hate to think that people actually believe doing this could cause them harm. Do we really live with such fear? It's not like we'd be standing in front of these pirates telling them to their face what we think - yes that would be dangerous. It's simply writing an anonymous article based on the facts we gather mostly from the media (so it's already been published elsewhere). We need to be sensible here.
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