During that past few weeks, I’ve been inundated with questions from Galganov.com Readers about why they’re NOT receiving Galganov.com Email Editorial Alerts. Some people wanted to know if I was still writing, or if they were removed for some reason from the Directory.
YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW . . . How much Aggravation and COST, this Black Listing has caused me – But keeping our Fingers Crossed, I think our IT Guy has finally “FIXED” it.
HERE’S THE PROBLEM . . . If you’re using one of the following Email Providers; “Bulk” Emails sent from the Galganov.com Email Directory are BEING Blocked. WHY? We can’t get an answer. BY WHOM IN THE ORGANIZATION? We can’t get an answer. HOW TO FIX IT? We can’t get an answer . . . and on and on and on.
SO . . . OUR IT GURU, who is very Smart, found a way to skirt the problem, which I am not about to make public on this BLOG, but will hopefully WORK.
All of the Preceding are controlled by the same . . . PROVIDER – ATT, which for any number of reasons is not allowing the Galganov.com Bulk Emails to go through, even though we PLAY BY ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIONS.
Someone asked me how many of the people on the Galganov.com Directory are affected by this . . . to which I answered – EXACTLY 220, which isn’t that big a number considering how many THOUSANDS of People are on the Galganov.com Directory.
THE POINT IS . . .
No One Should Be Blocked From Reading What He Or She Wants To Read.
There are many ways to Censor TRUTH, FACT & OPINION, which supersedes an outright BAN, such as . . . a perfect example being, which I’ve been fighting against for more than 20-Years – You can say whatever you wish . . . BUT IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, YOU CAN’T NECESSARILY SAY IT IN ENGLISH. Is that NOT a Restriction on FREE SPEECH?
“ACCEPTABLE” FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION . . . Through all Venues, represents EVERYTHING who we are, and who we hope to continue to be . . . THEREFORE – It was ESSENTIAL that I spent the MONEY and did the WORK to make certain that EVERYONE who WANTED to Read Galganov.com was NOT Denied that RIGHT.
SO, WHEN SOME PEOPLE WONDER . . . Why should I Contribute Money to Support Galganov.com – there’s one of your answers. And I assure you, you can’t imagine how much this “Little” episode has cost this BLOG.
A Good Friend of Mine (Allan) – an Ex-Montrealer, who has since long lived in Toronto, with whom I went to Sir George Williams University, who was also my Photographer when I was the Sports Writer and Editor of the 2-Sir George Williams University Newspapers, asked me by Email Yesterday . . . WHY DON’T I WRITE ANOTHER BOOK?
I think what HIT HOME MOST about Allan’s Question, about why I am NOT Writing another Book, was when Allan suggested that Emile Zola, the Unbelievably Courageous French Writer, who Penned “J’ACCUSE”, concerning the Kangaroo Trial of Jewish Captain Alfred Dreyfus of the French Army . . . that Zola and I weren’t all that Dissimilar.
I would LOVE to think that there would be just one Molecule of what Emile Zola was made of, that comprised my Body as well, because if that were True, I would be a Very Satisfied Man.
MY SECOND BOOK PUBLISHED . . . “BASTARDS” – was a Canadian Best Seller for 10-Weeks Running, making it all the way to Number ONE. Two of my Subsequent Books, which were written about our Horses also did well, but had a more limited distribution . . . SO I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT FOR A WHILE.
BUT . . . I’m already so overwhelmed with Writing these near Daily Editorials, and Managing this BLOG, plus all the other Socio/Political things I do EVERYDAY, that I’ve dismissed the Idea of Writing another Book, simply because I can’t imagine Finding The Time To Do It Right.
THEN . . . After receiving the Email Yesterday from Allan, I started to think about it some more, and remembered something a very Wealthy and Successful Elderly (seasoned) Client of our Advertising Agency said to me almost 35-Years Ago, when he asked me to VOLUNTEER to promote a High Profile Charitable Event he was involved in, to which I said . . . “I Would Love To, But I’m Just Too Busy”, which wasn’t a Word of a Lie.
“If You Want To Get Something Done. Give It To A Busy Man”.
SO HERE’S WHAT I DECIDED TO DO:
Last Night, I wrote the First 3-Pages of my NEWEST BOOK, which I’ve decided to Title “WALKING THE WALK”. It will be a compilation of HOW we all FIT-IN, in the World Around us, as seen through my eyes.
I will also hold nothing back, as I will continue to LAMBASTE the Politicians and Bureaucrats as I always do. And also continue to offer my View on what makes Conservatives SO RIGHT, and what makes Liberals SO WRONG.
I will “TELL” a Lot of Stories, of REAL things I’ve done, and things that have happened to me, with things that Scared the Hell out of me, when everyone around thought I was as Brave and as Steady as the Rock of Gibraltar, while I hoped I didn’t wet myself in the process.
And I Will WRITE About All These Things Without EMBELLISHMENTS.
I’ll even write about some Personal “Stuff” . . . showing that none of us are really that different or exceptional from one another. And if you think for a moment, that you’re the only person in the world to have been Rejected, Failed, or somehow didn’t Measure-Up . . . after reading this Forthcoming BOOK, you will have to Think Again.
I’m also going to write this Book . . . “WALKING THE WALK” – without sacrificing Galganov.com or any of the other Things I do in the Realm of Socio/Political Opinion and Activism. Besides, who has to sleep so much anyway?
AND I’VE DECIDED TO WRITE “WALKING THE WALK” . . . The same as I write my Editorials, with a “slightly more” than normal number of BOLD, CAPITALIZED & ITALICIZED letters, even though there is no shortage of People who are critical of this (my) Style.
I could go to a Publisher, and have a Conventional Book Printed and Sold Through Book Stores, profiting off Royalties with the Publisher . . . meaning the Book will have to sell for more money than it would if I were to Publish it myself. But that would be a lot of Additional Work for me, WITHOUT having the Expertise, Connections, and Ability to Deal with the Book Sellers. And who needs that?
I could PUBLISH On-Line though AMAZON, which could be quite Viable. Or I could PUBLISH On-Line through Galganov.com, by way of an Electronic Payment/Distribution System, which I had set-up in the past, and could RE-DO through My IT Manager for a “Reasonable” Cost, which would mean I could sell the Book for Less, and make more Profit.
SO HERE IT IS – My Commitment to You and to Myself . . . By the END of this Summer, BEFORE Anne, Stryker, April the Cat and I head back to Austin Texas, you will have the opportunity to buy “WALKING THE WALK” one way or another.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov