When You Write To An Unknown Audience
by Bobbette Madonna
The creation, development and ongoing improvement of your
own ezine is a true labor of love. It is also a forum for
your own unique perspective on life. Your readers have their
own perspective and will sometimes tell you about them.
As a person of firm beliefs in freedom of speech and
expression I am not offended by criticism. Sometimes
valuable lessons are learned by both the offended and the
writer. Thus, this article.
Holidays bring out the spirit of sharing values and beliefs
in me. Can't help it, I'm old fashioned and not politically
correct. Besides that, it's my ezine. It was a response to
a Christmas message that prompted this article.
Email from subscriber:
Bobbette, I respect your belief. I am a giving person, a
good person. What you are doing is unconstitutional. I wish
you and yours all the best. Please do not preach, it shows
To which, I responded
So, you respect my belief but I am not to express those
beliefs and I should keep them to myself so as not to
offend? Unconstitutional? Hogwash!
No, my friend, I can say anything I please. It's called
freedom of speech. Those, like you, who don't wish to hear
it can strive forever to keep me quiet. Take God from
everything political and from all that is public domain.
That's ok. We don't need that. You can not remove it from
our soul - ever.
Please understand. I am not of your non-faith. Never have
been. I am probably a lot older than you are and I am not
going to change my beliefs no matter how much you and the
non-Christian population are offended about what I believe.
Nor are you, I am sure.
With a gun to my head, I will not deny my faith nor will I
not write what ever I feel in my ezine. I am not offended by
your words, just sad to think that at 62 years old I have
had someone tell me I am insecure in my belief. I don't have
an insecure bone in my body, heart or soul.
No, my friend, I think it is you that may be insecure in
your non-belief (let's call that a wash). You feel a need to
tell me, not to tell you, something I believe. I would never
tell you not to say, write or feel something you truly
believed and that is the difference between you and I. You
want to shut me up and I say to you - live and let live, in
peace and harmony.
Modern day revisionists changing the original concepts of
the constitution will not make it true. Our God is the same
then, now and always... You have no God. Is that our doing?
Must we shut up because you chose not to believe? By what
authority do you make that law? What law is that? Who is
Thank you for reminding me that there are those in my ezine
list who are atheists and non believers. However, this will
not make me stop (nothing will) saying what I believe. I am
not preaching, I am asking (in my Christmas message) people
of all persuasions to help each other. That is all.
My reader is still subscribed. He has a right to his beliefs
and I will give anyone room to voice their opinion in my
ezine. It looks like we came to a meeting of the minds
which is a very satisfying conclusion. When you write to an
unknown audience be prepared for some very interesting and
sometimes surprising feedback. It's what fuels my fire.
About the Author: Bobbette
Madonna publishes LOGON NewZine and the Guerrilla Marketing
Resource Center. Also, she is the owner of www.niba4u.com - a
spam watch site and is a partner for the fight against
unfair termination of service at www.spamattorney.biz
The main subscription and marketing resource center for LOGON
is at: http://logonnewzine.com
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