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Patrick Bohan [pbohan] 

What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I read alot of sport stories and books as a child. I was never a good writer in elementary school or in high school. I did poorly in English and writing. I basically taught myself how to wring in college. My family and friends are probably the first to read what I wrote.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I like non-fiction history or politics. I currently write a political blog at: http://patrickbohan.blogtownhall.com/ My web page is at: http://patrickbohan.home.bresnan.net/ My two books can be ordered at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
For blogging, the key is the Title. The title will either attract readers or send them somewhere else. The name of the blog is also important. A catchy name can have a steady flow of readers to your blog. My blog is entitled The Theory of Mediocrity. It deals with U.S. politics and policies that are forcing this great nation into a mediocre nation.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I talk in the first person alot because I like to relate things that happened in my life and how that shaped me to have the political views I have today. My background is as an engineer, so my writing style is in short, concise, and directly to the point sentences and paragraphs. As a technical writer you have to simplify things for the reader. I still incorporate this writing technique in all my work.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
No. I am not a gifted orator. I wish I had 1% of Barack Obama's public speaking skills. I like to talk, but I would not say stories come out in the best light.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for me. It is theraputic to get things off my chest.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Absolutely! Writing allows me to express my opinions and views without interruption about controversial political subjects.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes. I like to share rough drafts with any friends or family that will take the time to provide constructive feedback. I
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I think my opinions or voice is starting to get some traction. My blog is in the top 5 for conservative townhall blogs in the Denver Metro Area.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write on a computer. I do my first few revisions on the computer before I print out a copy for further edits.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
I read alot of news from CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News to educate myself on what is going on in the world. I also like the Real Clear Politics website. I try to make sure I understand both sides of an issue before I comment on it.
What has been your experience with publishers?
They are hard to work with. Sometimes it may be good to consider self-publishing.
What are you working on now?
I just finished my second book "Is America Dying?", and I am concentrating on writing my blog to promote my book.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
It never hurts to show others what you wrote. If they do not like it, you are in no worse shape than when you started. However, if people like the writings, that is a big positive step in the right direction. Basically, you have nothing to lose.
What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
My current site is at: http://patrickbohan.blogtownhall.com/ my old site: http://ptbohan.blogspot.com/ I write mostly about politics. I sometimes write about sports and any top that proves the Theory of Mediocrity
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
I am angry about the direction this country is heading. I started to blog in October of 2008.
How many visits a day do you get? What type of comments do you receive?
I am not sure, but my blog is in the Top 5 in the Denver Metro area townhall site.
How often do you post? Does regular posting of your blog require a lot of effort on your part?
I try to average at least one post per day. Blogging can consume quite a bit of time depending on how often you blog.
Does blogging bring in income for you? Can one make a living from posting?
No, I am not paid for my blogging. Some of the more popular political bloggers make a very good living.
How do you promote your blog?
Through friends and family. I do this by email or on facebook. I also have a home page: http://patrickbohan.home.bresnan.net/ I also advertise in my latest book: Is America Dying?
How would you define your readers? Have you got a faithful audience?
Most of my readers have a conservative political view. I am not a registered Republican, I am still an independent, but vote for more Republicans. I always vote for whom I think will be the most fiscally responsible candidate.
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
Come up with a good name for your blog and come up with creative titles for your posts. This is what attracts readers.
What matters more in deciding your vote: the party, the candidate, or the ideas?
The candidate and their ideas. I vote for the most fiscally responsible candidate regardless of political affiliation.
Two-party systems are on the rise: is this good for politics?
I would like to see a third more moderate party in the U.S. I think we some middle ground to bridge all the Washington bipartisan politics.
Are we witnessing the end of the American empire?
I believe so. It is sad and I discuss this subject in my book "Is America Dying?"
Why did the economies of communist countries fail?
Capitalism prevails while socialism or communism promotes mediocrity at best.
What is nationalism?
Nationalism is being proud to be an American and the American way of life. Unfortunately as capitalism goes away, America will no longer be unique and will be no different than Canada or any Western European nations. This is The Theory of Mediocrity at work.
Do you believe in any of the conspiracy theories regarding 9-11?
Absolutely Not!
Are there too many taxes?
Yes, both for individuals and corporations. I would like to see the fair tax. I talk about this extensively in my book.
Do you believe in affirmative action?
No, because affirmative action does not solve the root cause of the problem - education for minorites. Once again, this is talked about in great detail in my book (Is American Dying?)
Should a maximum limit of permissible personal fortune exist; and thereby, place limits on individual wealth?
No. We should let capitalism prevail. More immigrants come to the U.S. for one reason and it is because it is the land of opportunity. If the government starts to cap wealth, then it is no longer to live the American Dream. We need the wealthy to create more jobs and economic growth. Capping wealth promotes mediocrity, not excellence.
Do you defend the ecotaxes?
No. I do agree with sin taxes. I would like to see the fair tax.
Do you believe that the world crisis can bring positive changes to social values?
Yes, if people and corporations start to practice fiscal responsibility instead of letting greed and irrational spending rule their lives. I think it will happen, but it will probably be short lived.
What significant changes do you think Obama can bring about along his presidential term?
Thus far I have not seen any evidence that Obama will bring about any positive changes. I think he will make huge changes to promote social programs, but I do not see this as positve change. To date, I only agree with his changing of the Stem Cell Reseach laws, although I think the states and not the federal government should do this.

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