To mi amis and others,
I was shocked to realize that my last blog/flog entry on this site was May 9, 2011… two weeks ago. That is totally unacceptable for the self-imposed high standards I set for myself. Ergo, I will begin to post the more traditional (read only) blogs more frequently… interspersed with flogs, which are specifically ideal for the reading challenged, but designed for everyone. In the future you can expect to see a new entry, be it flog or blog, at no less frequency than once a week, and more frequently when current events warrant.
It was my initial desire to post nothing but flogs, along with a script for those wishing to dissect the entry by poring over every word. However, producing a flog is extremely time and effort intensive, and coming up with a quality product, unfortunately, cannot be turned out like an order of burgers and fries at a fast-food joint. It was my dream to have a flog posted yesterday or today at the latest. It is my wish to have it posted by Wednesday or Thursday. But the reality is that my next flog will probably be posted by this coming weekend.
Why the delay? Because I want the flog to be not only full of info and words of wisdom, but I want its presentation to be stimulating, interesting, and fun. To reach those lofty goals, I plan to add interactivity in the way of buttons to allow viewers to take detours on their journey through the flog. I also plan to add more sound effects and background music to make the experience more enjoyable.
This site will set the standard for flogs, although I doubt that many other flogs will spring up anytime soon. The main reason is because of the time and effort required. It’s like producing a mini-documentary with interactivity, to boot. It requires editing, synchronization of audio, animation, and other capabilities and talents which many bloggers lack… not to mention an understanding of Flash. So, the only place that you are likely to see a flog is on this blog site.
Durham-in-Wonderland, Liestoppers (an oxymoron), and other blog sites do an admirable job, but face it… they tend to be a bit boring, and definitely lack the entertainment value of one of my flogs. The way I see it, they are best off sticking with the read-only format of the traditional blog. They should leave trailblazing and innovation to me. As Dirty Harry Callahan said in “Magnum Force,” “A man’s got to know his limitations.” I am not bragging when I say this, as boasting is not in my DNA… I am merely making statements of fact.
Upcoming flogs will focus on a myriad of criminal and social justice topics and cases, including those about Erick Daniels, James Arthur Johnson, my lawsuit against Duke University, and others. I will try to post a flog at least once every other week… which may be a bit optimistic. Flogs will be easily discernible from blogs because I will post an image and a link at the beginning of the entry, with the flog script to follow. Traditional read-only blogs will appear in a format as is this one you currently are reading.
I have put to electronic paper my plans and ambitions for this blog site. I would like to thank my viewers and commenters for choosing to follow it. Permit me now to make a request of you. What I ask is that you take that next step… challenge yourself, and try to make a positive difference in the world. If you are merely reading or viewing the blogs and flogs, take the next step and send in a comment on topics of interest to you. Share your ideas, thoughts, and feelings with everyone. For those who are regular, or irregular, commenters to this site, step outside the box’s comfort zone and send a letter to your political representatives, the governor, or anyone in a position of power… or not. You cannot make a difference if you're on the sidelines. Contributions can be made only when you’re on the playing field… unless you’re the water boy.
As always, I appreciate and welcome any suggestions, thoughts, or comments you may have regarding the blogs, flogs, and their content.