Politics and People, in Louisville.

I’m terrible at writing introductory posts, so let’s just get down to business, shall we?

You may know me from Local Voices or A Bookish Beemer, my personal political, and yes, feminist blog. If you’re web-jumping from there to here, welcome. If you have no idea who I am, that’s alright. If you plan on becoming a regular here, I’m sure we’ll get to know one another. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.

Let me just explain my writing style, my ground rules on engaging online, and of course, what I’ll be writing about.

I’m a civil kind of person. I always have been. I’m a big fan of respect. In light of the shooting in Tucson, the civility discussion has become very popular. Let me just say, this isn’t tokenism on my part. If you’ve engaged me before, you already know I don’t fancy disrespect, hatred, or bigotry of any kind, whether that be from me, people I engage with, my culture, or my country. If I slip up, I expect someone to call me on it–respectfully, of course. Rick has a great vision for this site, and so do I. I want this to be a shining beacon of respectful exchange of ideas on the web. All too often, the comments section of a blog or a news site turns into an ugly, ugly exchange. Let’s not do that here. Louisville is a beautiful, vibrant city, full of interesting, brilliant, and vibrant people–let’s reflect that here. Keep me accountable, and I’ll do the same for you.

I’ll be discussing politics, as I already do on Bookish Beemer and did on Local Voices, but here, the focus will be Louisville. You’ll still get my take on national issues on my blog, but here, I want everything I write about to be about Louisville, about Louisvillians, or affecting Louisvillians. Because, you see, Louisville is kind of a big deal, and I think this city deserves an outlet focused solely on its politics.

My definition of politics might be broader than others. To me, politics isn’t just about politicians, legislation, elections, and parties. All of these things are fascinating, and I will be covering them, but they don’t stand alone. Politics are people. Politics influences our culture, and vice versa. It influences our everyday lives. When politics intersects with these things, important things happen. I will be covering those important things.

Now, my writing style–it’s much different from the completely passive voice you’re used to reading in the newspapers. I don’t like that. I’m a big fan of variety. Sometimes I will write in a passive voice, and at other times I will choose a more active voice; it all depends on what I’m writing about. If I’m simply channeling someone else’s story, I’ll use passive, since it’s their voices you should be hearing, and not mine. Same for relating information. If I’m giving you my insight, I’ll choose active. I want you, the reader, to know which ideas are mine, and which are coming from some other sources.

If there’s something going on that you’d like me to cover, contact me. In the next couple of days, I’ll be getting an e-mail address hooked to this site, and you can send me tips there. Until then, feel free to use the comments section on this post.

Until next time!