Writing On Unpopular Subjects, a Recipe for Failure.
We want to see this splendor and marvel at it, but we do not want to climb it.
Here are three subjects not to write about and why.
Popularity is generally about making people feel good. Recipe articles, "How to" articles, How to improve articles, Travel articles and sensational articles do very well in attracting readership. And they should. People only have so much time and they should usually spend it reading about something to make their life better now. Or at least make them smile for a few minutes.
I like all the articles they all give me a release and that is a good thing. Some escape from worldly problems is necessary or we would all go mad. It would appear that the news is getting more about that these days along with more graphic and dramatic coverage of catastrophe and mans ability to hurt man in good news clip ways.
But go ahead and write about something that is horrible and people could do something about and watch the readership fall off the charts. Boring and nothing really new under the sun. We are well to try and ignore what makes us uncomfortable and guilty and sad. If we do not ignore it we will end up having to do something about it.
Close your eyes and put your finger on the map, it will land where stuff is going on that you want to ignore.
If we can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same....
In the writers' house there are two really bad words that if spoken are harshly dealt with promptly. Oh of course there are curse words that are unacceptable and really just lazy speech showing a frustration with ourselves more than life.
No the two bad words are "hate" and "can't". Hate is unacceptable for it is the root of evil. And "can't" is unacceptable for it is the ground in which "won't" is grown.
When we won't reach out in love we lose ourselves within our own ego. And that is truly a lost soul.
Bad voice, mousy presence, and the only man to be on Billboard top 20 and win a Pulitzer prize. Somehow a combination of talent and addressing humanity.
Here is an example of what we do not want to read from the National Coalition for the Homeless:
The average length of stay in emergency shelter was 69 days for single men, 51 days for single women, and 70 days for families. For those staying in transitional housing, the average stay for single men was 175 days, 196 days for single women, and 223 days for families. Permanent supportive housing had the longest average stay, with 556 days for single men, 571 days for single women, and 604 days for women (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008). The homeless population is estimated to be 42 percent African-American, 39 percent white, 13 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Native American and 2 percent Asian, although it varies widely depending on the part of the country. An average of 26 percent of homeless people are considered mentally ill, while 13 percent of homeless individuals were physically disabled (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008). Nineteen percent of single homeless people are victims of domestic violence while 13 percent are veterans and 2 percent are HIV positive. Nineteen percent of homeless people are employed (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2008).
Yes it is overwhelming as a whole.
And here is the statistic that should make everyone read an article but it makes everyone turn away in amazement instead. " Another approximation is from a study done by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty which states that approximately 3.5 million people, 1.35 million of them children, are likely to experience homelessness in a given year (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2007)."
It is not okay.
How horrible and please do not write another word on it. It is happening in your town and you know it but chose not to get involved. That is a fair choice and only you can make it. "I can't do anything so I won't pay attention" And we certainly do not do anything. Because if just one in ten of us did something the problem would be gone.
Think this way, police cannot act on 1 tip. But police must act on 10 tips. That is how it works but you have to work it. If you know of something report it. If it is an innocent crack house with proper prostitutes or a correct sweat house sewing factory --- hey no problem. If it is not acted upon, know that it is being acted upon just not visually. Or there is something very wrong so report it somewhere else.
But folks do not want to hear about this.
Will this little bear lose his little boy friend to a distracted driver.
Distracted driving kills
Estimates are in that distracted driving, now that it is being tracked and watched for, will account for my death and serious injuries on our roads than drunk driving in year 2014. Oh my you would never drive drunk. But you only texted 4 times this week while driving. You only talked on the phone 7 times while driving. At about 60 MPH you go a football field length in the shortest of texting times -- you might as well shut your eyes.
But this one we do not even want to hear about until our child is killed. This one is not about doing something but having the discipline not to do something. And we just cannot take that "God given right to use your phone" while driving 3,000 lbs of steel at the speed of a cannonball down the crowded street.
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