Why am I still Anchorpoint?

I’ve been writing on this blog for most of 3 years.  I started out afraid of what my peers would think of me, of my statements. That was why I chose to use a pen name.  I’ve grown past that but still can’t shake the pen name.  By now most of you know who I am and where I work, and that’s fine.   Now in this stage of my career and public writing I’m not ashamed of what I say and I’m not afraid of the comments that I might generate.  Although I have written some pretty poor articles in the past, that is all part of the process.

Now I hide behind a pen name for another reason. I want my articles to start a dialogue. I don’t want you to say Oh he’s from ______(Insert locality here) they do it differently or he has only been on the job for ___ number of years.   I know I may sound like a hippie, maybe a psychiatrist, or maybe an abusive father at times but it’s true.  I want you, the reader, to say “hey, I think that’s B.S.” and call me out.  I want you to force me to defend my position.  I don’t want you to let me stand on my soapbox and preach my version of the truth to you.  Tell me, and all the other readers how YOU do it.  I won’t get offended.

Here is a great example from 2010:  http://firefighterbasics.com/2010/08/water-rescue-basics/

Nate Q’s department does it differently than us.  After some back and forth we discover the hazard is quite different in 2 different parts of the country,  It’s the same job done right 2 different ways, and that’s a good thing.  I learned, he learned and everybody that read the interaction got some insight.

I would like to see some of the people that contact me off line to just go ahead and comment.  Use a pen name if you have reservations.  As long as you keep it civil we can move our industry to a safer, better educated place.  Don’t let me or any other fire service author get by with unchecked ramblings.

I’ll leave you with a rule from a creative writing class I took (and barely passed);

Always be skeptical and read between the lines.  If the author is defending one part of a statement and not another, ask yourself (and in this case ask the author) WHY.

Stay safe

3 Comments

  • Firestudent says:

    This is BS. Now you want to be challenged. I don’t care where you from, garbage can spew from anywhere. I am ready for your next article. Just you wait.

  • anchorpoint1 says:

    Ha-ha, maybe “challenged” as opposed to “CHALLENGED”. I think I’ve pretty well proven garbage can spew from me.
    The only comments I don’t welcome are spam and off topic ramblings. Some ramblings are pretty entertaining though.

  • Capitol9 says:

    This is refreshing. I hear so often “his resume this” or “his resume that.” I don’t care where the writer is from, I care about the stuff he’s throwing out. You’re only as good as your next fire.

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