We live in a personal media age, where everyone can sit at a PC desktop and write all sorts of crazy stuff. It seems for martial arts blogs and forums this broadly breaks down into three separate sections.
- The writing is to educate, offer an opinion and inform in an intelligent way. This kind of post mainly talks about training ideas and avoids naming personalities.
- The writing is used to big up the author, which means he or she feels the need to talk down everyone else. This often means naming people and noting their perceived short comings.
- The writing is used to irritate people and resembles the scribbles of a five year old who is new to the play ground and who probably really just wants attention.
I hope you will agree that if you use social media to write articles you want to be in section number one above.
I have a great tip from Andy, one of my training partners for when you do find yourself reading a forum or a blog that is from section two and three above. Basically you change a key word from say Silat to disco. So a sentence that reads I am the king of silat becomes I am the king of disco.
This works really well and has given me a lot of laughs.