Who are you and what is this all about?
My name is John W. Little. I have included more information than you probably want to know on the about page - but, hey, you asked.
How can I contact you?
Preferably though an encrypted channel. You have plenty of options.
Why do you do this?
I believe that it is important to help connect people to news and analysis that matters. Finding information has never been easier but finding accurate, balanced, truly informative information has never been more difficult. I’d like to think that I help people with that. More selfishly, it continues to connect me to smart people who expand my understanding of the world. Blogs of War has also served as a test-bed for different technologies, citizen journalism, strategic communications concepts, social media analysis, and other projects that interest me.
What are your political views?
I am a conservative libertarian independent - or a man without a party. That means I tend to lean right on defense, fiscal, and role of government issues but I also tend to have very little in common (in terms of political priorities) with a lot of social conservatives. That doesn't mean that I lean left but it does, given the current state of American politics, make party alignment a challenge.
I find excessive partisanship tiresome, counterproductive, and at this stage even dangerous. If you find yourself in agreement with me on one day it is likely that you will be disappointed the next. I call things as I see them. I go my own way. I seek clarity. I want a true understanding of what is happening and why. That isn't achievable when you run every observation through a partisan filter.
You may find yourself disagreeing with me on many issues. That really doesn't bother me at all. It can even be productive as long as we're adults about it. Insulting me on Twitter or sending me hate mail doesn't bother me at all either - but it isn't fine and I will block you for being an uncivilized bore. I'm not into drive-by insults or arguments on social media. I won't punch or punch back. I believe that we should all be a lot nicer to each other. We should put our country, and our neighbors, before any political party - especially dysfunctional ones.
Who pays you to do this?
Blogs of War has had sponsors and advertisers at times but is currently unsupported. It is not financed by any government or political entity – or anyone else for that matter. However, I am open to advertising and sponsorship under pretty limited circumstances. Contact me if you are interested.
What do you think about that thing Wikileaks just did?
Picture me rolling my eyes and then click on this.
Can you interview me (or my client)?
Send me your pitch and I will be in touch.
How can I support Covert Contact?
I don't sell t-shirts, mugs, or run a crowdfunding page but if you want to send me a few dollars via PayPal or Bitcoin check this page out.
Can you review my (or my client’s) book?
Maybe. It’s more likely that I will ask you to submit an excerpt if I think that the work will appeal to Blogs of War readers. Contact me with a brief pitch and I will let you know if there is a fit.
Why did you link to that Iranian, North Korean, or other state news site? It’s propaganda!
Of course it is. Propaganda from sites such as Press TV, RT, or KCNA can reveal a lot about the sponsor’s motives, objectives, and perceptions. I’m not here to filter everything for your world view. I’m connecting you to the information and you can process it as you see fit. Anyway, a good number of Blogs of War readers are capable of placing these sources in proper perspective.
Why do you tweet so much/little?
I’ve tried every possible level of activity and get complaints every step of the way. It is what it is.
Why did you just tweet about something unrelated to war?
It could have been a story from my news feed or it may just be something that I find interesting. At the end of the day this is my personal account so you will have to endure these diversions or unfollow.
How can I contact a Blogs of War contributor?
If you send your request. I will forward it on and they can contact you if they choose.
Can I write for Blogs of War?
Possibly. I will not open attachments so send your unpublished submission in the body of the email along with a short bio.
Are you available for speaking engagements, consulting gigs, and the like?
I frequently, and discretely, take organizations up on those kinds of offers. Contact me with your idea or proposal and let's talk.