Friday, September 15, 2017

Guest Post from Laramie Hirsch about His Blog

Entering Protectionist Mode

It is not safe to have a traditionalist opinion in this day and age, yet here we are. I am still writing to you, and you are still reading this...and we're all guilty together of Badthink.

An old mentor of mine would always say of writers: "A writer writes because he must." This is certainly true in my case. And honestly, this may be the case for the rest of my life. Whether it's in the form of philosophy, political commentary, or simple escapism fantasy literature--I just have to keep going. It's almost as though I have no choice.

The Protectionist

Now, as many of you know, my name is not Laramie Hirsch. "Laramie" is a town in Wyoming, and the name is French, meaning a canopy of leafy boughs. I am not French, nor have I yet been to Wyoming.

"Hirsch" is Jewish. I am certainly not Jewish. When I chose the name "Hirsch" twenty years ago, I had no idea it was Jewish. So it's kinda funny to me when anklebiters try to "out" me as a Jewish infiltrator.

I don't post pictures of myself, and I've never done any videos. I'd like to do podcasts, but I will never subject my own voice to the public.

This is a hobby, and I have other responsibilities in my life that take precedence over the writing. There are people--little ones--who are under my care and protection, and I would rather burn the world down* than see them come to any harm.

If I have to give up this entire blogging enterprise in order to secure the welfare of my posterity, then I will do just that. My family is my priority, and that's all there is to it.

What's Going On?

Within the past week, elements of my blogging life meshed unfavorably with elements of my real life. As a result, it is possible that my writings may be on the radar of potentially harmful parties. I say "potentially." Perhaps there is no danger.

Be that as it may, I am now being forced to jumpstart a new iteration of my blogging "career."

This makes me somewhat sad. By the end of this year, The Hirsch Files will have reached a quarter million total views. My monthly views were increasing exponentially. I started 2017 off with about 12,000 views a month, but by December, if all went well, I was set to have 40,000 views per month.

My writing has become more and more popular since I began The Hirsch Files. I wish Dad were alive to see his son's achievements.

In any event, the time has come to start a new blog, probably with a new title. Granted, this is not a maneuver that will provide complete security for me. But in my opinion, the security will be enough.

The Short-Term Plan

I have a LOT of writing archived at The Hirsch Files, and I know a lot of you would like access to it. So, for now, the blog is shut down to everyone except those who are registered to view it.

To register yourself, simply send me your e-mail address. You can privately message me through Facebook or e-mail at nobious1 at gmail dot com. You will receive an invitation in your own e-mail inbox. Check your junk or spam box if you don't see the invitation right away. Accept the invitation. After that, you should once more be able to use your e-mail address to log in and view the blog and all of its archives.

I am hoping that by next week some time, I will have a new website to work from.

There is a possibility that I will TEMPORARILY re-open The Hirsch Files until I have a new website in place.

Long-Term Plan?

I have been doing this blogging venture on a day-to-day basis, and I've had no long-term plan in mind. Well...I take that back. I do intend to publish some of the material in a book soon, should the world hold together.

It is quite possible that one day--should conditions in my real life change--I may permanently unlock The Hirsch Files again.

But this is the state of things for me. In the long run, for the next 18-26 years, I must function in this style of protectionism. I have to do this unless I magically begin to make a living off of writing. (Which I cannot honestly envision.

This has been interesting. Thank you all for your concern and interest in my work. This is a fork in the road. I'm curious how this will all go.

-Laramie Hirsch


Okie Trad Commentary. Years ago I met "Laramie" in the forums. Eventually we met in the flesh. He himself motivated me to write too, using a blog. Our connection is quite unique: we are traditional Catholics, Okies, devoted to family, with very similar interests: traditional Catholicism, traditional conservatism, outdoor adventure, gardening, cooking, and blogging. Our style and tone sometimes diverge, but that's how it is between fellow trads. While figuring out the next phase of blogging, I've invited him to crash here once in a while as a guest poster.

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