In addition to installing and customizing WordPress blogs for clients, I also am retained to do some “care and feeding” with blog content and here is a brief story of over doing it, but I think you’ll get a kick out of it.
It started a couple weeks back when one of my church clients asked me to post on their site the Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance clip that is featured below. The part that is implied with such requests is, “and Chuck, can you also draft some copy that we can use to explain / build / position the clip” which is something I thoroughly enjoy doing.
I had watched this Red Skelton clip earlier in the day then went for a walk with the dog. Along our walk we met some movers from Russia and Serbia. They were taking a break and wanted to pet the dog, Kasha, so we got to chatting.
When we got to the part where I asked them about the conditions and economy in their countries and what they thought of the USA, they both stopped petting the dog. They both stood up, faced me directly, pulled the cigs out of their mouths, looked at me wild-eyed and said, “What happened to America? You know, you used to be something and meant something around the world…”
I knew exactly what they meant and explained that nobody I know is happy with the theft of our Republic by incompetent, corrupt leadership and corporate interests run a muck.
More on this “moving conversation” in upcoming blog post but when I got back home, I drafted the following for my client’s blog and sent it to the Pastor to preview and approve before going public with the copy and video. I confessed in my email that I “might have over done it” and here is what I originally wrote:
The Youtube clip below is from the Red Skelton Show that first aired on January 14th 1969 on CBS. Red’s Pledge has since been twice read into the Congressional Record of The United States and has received numerous Awards.
It is a POWERFUL reminder of truth, one which those in Washington seemed to have abandoned – e.g., sovereign powers with people-first and leaders-second and not Federal-leaders dictating to the people; freedom for all and the right to live one’s own life as one sees fit even if that includes home schooling; to live one’s life without threats and fear or deceit or lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction; justice and principles of dealing fairly with others which is sorely absent in political races where the drive to win at any cost dominates …
Regardless of political sensibilities, Red Skelton’s version of The Pledge of Allegiance is a reminder for each of us, I, me, committees of one, to get off our apathetic butts, stop complaining about the state of our world, our country, our lives, our economy, and go out and live the positive change God wants us to live and bring back the respect for this great country our forefathers worked so hard to earn.
It’s not too late to be the change, live the change, and kick some butt in a positive way, one that would make Red blush with pride when he looks down from Heaven and says to Our Father, “Yep – that’s them all right. We The People!”
The Pastor has great sense of humor and sent back very funny email:
“… you had me whoopin’ and hollerin’ in agreement with your sentiment… however, I feel the need to tone it down for the sensibilities of our intended e-viewers. The following is an edited version – Rated W for wimpy pastors! …”
Needless to say I edited the copy per his direction and this is what “officially aired” on their site:
This Youtube clip below is from the Red Skelton Show that first aired on January 14th 1969 on CBS. Red’s Pledge has since been twice read into the Congressional Record of The United States and has received numerous Awards. It is a POWERFUL reminder of truth.
But this got me to thinking some more – e.g., What else could Rated W mean? After all, anybody who ventures out to use new media and Web 2.0 technologies is anything but wimpy in my opinion – it takes real leadership and courage to venture into new waters, especially those that are not certain or clear, like blogging with one’s congregation.
Thus when the site was updated, I sent back the following email:
… edits done and home page is live :>) … i’d say Rated W = “Wow – Thanks for Sharing!”