February 20, 2008

A Nice Little Disclaimer

Hello all!

An update on the book: I am almost done!!! Last night I was up in bed and made SERIOUS progress. I just couldn't put it down! It just continues to make me think and it draws me in.

Speaking of the book, I've been thinking recently about how I'd like to give a blog disclaimer. Don't freak out, I'm not being weird. But, after some thought, here is my disclaimer:

Sometimes I share on my blog when Kurt and I have seen a movie or when I'm reading a certain book. And most of the time, when I mention them, I give reasons to back it up if there is questionable content. Several readers over the period of this blog have commented and said things like, "You shouldn't feel the need to explain your decisions," or "you're free to do whatever!!!"

Well, here's why I am always quick to back up what I write with an explanation. And honestly, I joke about this a lot, but it's not about people judging me, or growing up a pastor's kid, or whatever.

When I started a blog, I knew my writings would be public. And anytime that I mention a movie or a book, I am endorsing it (even if that's not officially stated). Some people may think it's excessive or that I'm trying to be a "goody goody" or that I'm really worried about people thinking less of me. That is NOT the case! As a Christian, from one friend to another, I just like to say, "Hey...just letting you know, as awesome as this is/was, there are some things you should know before you dig in." It's truly just me giving you a heads up, so if you decide to see it or read it, you'll know.

So my disclaimer (bottom line): My motive behind explaining my actions is to just make people aware. I am confident in my opinions and decisions, but with that confidence comes a responsibility to not wholeheartedly scream "YES! GO SEE THIS MOVIE! GO READ THIS BOOK!" if it has some things in it that I know, as Christians, are offensive. There is some great material out there, but I always want to be able to give an answer for why I have chosen to watch/read something.

Please don't think I'm being a goody two-shoes or super-spiritual (that's a WHOLE different post)! I hope this came across ok. I was just starting to get the impression that some people think "Oh my gosh, she is so defensive and has to explain EVERYTHING and warn EVERYONE." Well, yes. As a Christian, that's what I'm supposed to do.

Cool?

5 comments:

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

cool.

Andrea said...

Ashley,

I think what you say shows alot of integrity! I think alot of us have become desensitized to some of the "junk" that is on tv, in movies, and books. I appreciate knowing that something may have offensive material in it so rest assured that I never find your comments "goody" or "holier then thou". Thanks for being honest! :)

Christy said...

Got it ;) Maybe I should do a disclaimer on mine as well...

demetria said...

absolutely. i totally understood that you were just tryng to give a "heads up" the whole time:)

Tiffany said...

I think this came across just fine. I don't think you're trying to be a goody two-shoes, super-spiritual ,or even defensive for that matter. And if it's that important to you, I think you should share a disclaimer. I just wanted you to know that you don't have to worry about that with me, because I'm not a judge-y type of person. I do have to say that I'm glad you wrote this, because I am one of the ones who read into your "joking" about you and C and A being pastors' kids. I read your blog b/c I enjoy it, not because I am scrutinizing your every word or action waiting for something "inappropriate." So cool w/ me.

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