I lied to all of you. The debut of Hostile Takeover was scheduled, announced, and promoted for July 4, 2016; America’s Birthday. And while I fully intended to debut that day, life had its own ideas.
Most people know social media articles can’t always be trusted. The things we share on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites are often shared without thought or regard to the legitimacy of the information we are sharing. Everything is passed as truth, when in reality it is only the truth according to someone else. Truth today is often relative to the speaker, and it can seem impossible to discern the facts from the fiction.
I am just as guilty of this as anyone else. I have often had readers comment things like, “I’m not sure if this is fiction or non-fiction…” or message me with questions about the truth of what I’m writing. I have also had people outright state that my non-fiction is in fact fiction. Whatever. Not important. The important part is that it is my truth. You don’t have to believe it.
So, here at Hostile Takeover we have a plan. We’re going to bring you the truth according to you. I want to know your truth. No matter how unbelievable it is, and no matter what sort of “proof” you have, we really want your truth. We want to see truth on social media again. We want to see stories being shared that are truthful, relevant, and make an impact on our lives. What do you believe the rest of the world should know that nobody else “out there” is talking about right now?
I must admit that I was bummed when I missed my own deadline. I have so many great things to share, and so many great people working with me. It was like I failed them and myself…and you. But, I realized maybe it wasn’t such a tragedy. Maybe it was fate. Maybe it proved my very point; from the very start of this blog, my point is being made. You can’t trust everything you read. Personal responsibility for what you take in and believe is key. It shapes you, and therefore our world, in ways you would never believe.
Missing that deadline may have been the very best thing to ever happen to us at Hostile Takeover. It set our stage for truth. Just know that the lie was unintentional (and I assume most lies on social media are unintentional) and I will never knowingly publish anything on Hostile Takeover that is not true. This project will be an exploration of truth that we take together. Don’t be afraid to correct me. Don’t be afraid to question us. That’s exactly what we want. We want YOUR truth. Not ours being crammed down everyone’s throats.
Thanks for everyone’s patience…and thank you for all of your support. Keep living in truth, and keep your heads up.
Lots of love,
Jennifer Michelle Jones and the writers at Hostile Takeover
Sermons at the Capital – Ahmad Ranson takes to the streets to preach the word of God to Austin, TX.
Dawning of the Underworld – T.W.-GHCE shares the importance of awareness on social media, and personal responsibility for the world of information.
Finding Myself Again – Jennifer Michelle Jones relaunches her work for Dealing with the Blues at Let Me Tell U A Story after a year of personal exploration.
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