It has been a long time since my last post, almost a full year actually. I never meant to take that much time off, and as such I feel that you, my readers, deserve an explanation. Things were going well for the blog early last summer. I was writing more frequently, views and shares were rising quickly, and the quality of my writing continued to improve. A couple of things happened at once though. A co-worker was injured and I had to cover and work extra hours for many weeks. Visiting family along with family emergencies further stressed my time. Three or four months went by before I actually had time to write again. But I decided not to jump back in. I realized that I needed to make a plan so that such a long break would not occur again.
I felt that my writing had gotten to a place where I could confidently expect to make something of my blog. Even with my irregular writing schedule, view and shares were going up so imagine what could happen if I wrote full time! This is the dream I resolved to achieve. So instead of jumping back in and plodding along with the status quo, I decided to continue to work extra and save up money so I could one day devote myself full time to my dream. Well dear readers, that day has come. Standard Daily News is now full time. This is what I have been doing the past few months. On the other hand, I also realized that time, however precious, is not enough. I needed to rethink why I was doing this in the first place, and what my goal with this blog is.
When I began this blog, I didn’t really have plan or goal at all. Instead, it began out of desperation. Over time I came to realize that one of the greatest fears we have in this world is the fear of ourselves: we fear what we can or cannot do, we fear how others see us, we fear how we see ourselves. But we are not made failures by our inabilities, but rather by our unrealized abilities. I have a voice, and am ready to share it. For a while this was my goal, to share my passion, and indeed it still forms a key drive for me. But is it enough? Can I simply state: “I am passionate about this” and expect you to read it? What can I offer you, the reader? Why should you listen to what I have to say?
I am an individual, with all the resulting limitations. I cannot hope to compete with the mass media in its ability to provide you with raw information. I do not have teams of journalists to find stories, and specialists to pull out of the woodwork to explain every obscure law. But I am real. I am not bought and paid for, not sponsored by or dependent on anyone but you: my readers. We have all seen the rise of fake news, and the politicization of real news. What I can offer you is this: an honest discussion, person to person, about the issues we face today. I can tell you what I believe and I can listen to and hear what you believe. Though I will continue to do my best to ensure that everything I write is factually true, I am not here to drown you with statistics and information overload. I am here to provide you with a source you can trust, a source guided by passion and a desire to do what is right. You may not agree with everything I write, but you can trust that I will listen to what you have to say.
And so this is the goal of Standard Daily News: to provide a place for an honest discussion about the issues facing the world today. My name is Gregory Palmer. I am an intelligent and talented individual and you can trust that I am not feeding you lies to advance some agenda. You can trust that what I say comes from the heart. You can trust that I will listen to what you have to say. We may or may not agree with one another, but we can trust one another. Standard Daily News may be one of the dorkiest names in news, but it is real. If you are reading this as a returning visitor, know that I am back full time. If you are reading this on your first visit, I implore you to look back on some of my past articles to give you an indication of what you can expect in the future. This website is now full time and I am at your disposal.