Independent Firearm Owners – Who we are?

The IFOA has been around for over ten years mostly on Facebook, but commenting on policy and weighing in on legislative activities. This is about to change!

We are expanding our policy shop, and our legislative participation. We are not trying to be like other groups which have done a fine job at different times representing the interests of gun owners, gun makers and gun users. We want to build a new model that encompasses three allied issues with a diverse new constituency. Those issues are; 1. Firearm Civil Rights & Responsibility, 2. Privacy from government as well as business and 3. Criminal Justice Reform.

Why do this?

  • Because we need to develop a new approach and attract other supporters to our cause in order to win the war! Fighting the many battles over firearm freedoms during the past forty years it’s easy to lose trackWhat are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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