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Pre-reading note: I’m writing this post1 as I tend to write my papers. That is, a very rough sketch, a more polished draft, and so on until I have the quality I want2 in my writing. Since I’m not too embarrassed of my (lack of) writing ability, I thought I’d post my drafts here as well3. I’ll leave the final draft on the top, with the lower drafts in order from newest to oldest underneath.

Draft 4

Those of you following this blog closely may note that this is the eighth blog post I’ve made since starting the blog. Starting one week ago today, I began writing daily. While I don’t feel the need for a disclaimer at this exact moment4, I think it wise that I craft one sooner than later

You may ask why I feel this need5. To answer, I would reply that disclaimers are a good way to distance oneself from their work. I have in the past6 expressed views and beliefs I personally don’t ascribe to because I believe that they are not being given their fair share of time. Even though playing the Devil’s Advocate hasn’t come back to haunt me yet, I know that people tend to believe what you write is what you believe7, so I want to lessen the probability of misunderstandings. Additionally, my views often change over time. Since I’m not sure if I’ll believe everything I write in the future, it seems smart to say that my thoughts may change now rather than later.

Now that I’ve explained, why I’m writing my disclaimer, I should probably write it. I could copy my disclaimer from my inspiration’s blog site: “The opinions stated herein are those of me and do not necessarily reflect those of employer, the Rebelsky family, organizations, or even most other sentient beings.”8 However, much of that disclaimer isn’t relevant to me, and it doesn’t quite express the situation I find myself in. So, this is my version: “The views and opinions expressed on this site (and linked sites) do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s current, past, or future employers, the Rebelsky family, rebelsky.com, or even the author. Readers are advised to read at their own discretion.”

Draft 3

People following this blog closely may note that this is the eighth blog post I’ve made here. That is, starting one week ago today, I began writing daily. By now, I think I may need a disclaimer. You may ask why9. To answer, I would reply that disclaimers are a good way to distance oneself from their work. I have in the past10 expressed views and beliefs I personally don’t ascribe to because I believe that they are not being given their fair share of time. Even though playing the Devil’s Advocate hasn’t come back to haunt me yet, I know that people tend to believe what you write is what you believe11, so I want to lessen the probability of misunderstandings. Additionally, my views often change over time. Since I’m not sure if I’ll believe everything I write in the future, it seems smart to say that my thoughts may change now rather than later.

Now that I’ve explained, why I’m writing my disclaimer, I should probably write it. I could copy my disclaimer from my inspiration’s blog site: “The opinions stated herein are those of me and do not necessarily reflect those of employer, the Rebelsky family, organizations, or even most other sentient beings.”12 However, much of that disclaimer isn’t relevant to me, and it doesn’t quite express the situation I find myself in. So, this is my version: “The views and opinions expressed on this site (and linked sites) do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s current, past, or future employers, the Rebelsky family, rebelsky.com, or even the author. Readers are advised to read at their own discretion.”

Draft 2

I’ve been writing this blog for a week now, so I feel like I should probably write a disclaimer sooner rather than later. You may ask why. To that I would reply with the following:

Disclaimers are a good way to distance oneself from their work. Although I work for no-one, it seems important to me that I distance myself from some of my words. Those of you who know me may know that I say things I don’t believe because I believe that they are supportable enough views that they deserve their time. Even though that hasn’t come back to bite me yet, I know that people tend to believe what you write is what you believe13, so I want to be aware. Additionally, my views14 change over time. Since I’m not sure if I’ll believe everything I write in the future, it seems smart to say that my thoughts may change now rather than later.

Now comes the writing of the disclaimer. I could copy my disclaimer from my inspiration’s blog site: “The opinions stated herein are those of me and do not necessarily reflect those of employer, the Rebelsky family, organizations, or even most other sentient beings.”15 However, that feels intellectually dishonest. So, with some slight revisions: “The views and opinions expressed on this site (and linked sites) do not necessarily reflect those of the Rebelsky family, the domain, rebelsky.com, or even the author. Readers are advised to read at their own discretion.”

Draft 1

I’ve been writing this blog for a week now, so I feel like a disclaimer is probably a good thing to get out of the way. I could copy from my inspiration’s blog site: “The opinions stated herein are those of me and do not necessarily reflect those of employer, the Rebelsky family, organizations, or even most other sentient beings.”16 However, that feels intellectually dishonest. Let’s see, I could say: “The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Rebelsky family, GitHub, rebelsky.com, most sentient beings, or even the author. Any and all offense taken is deeply regretted.” That seems pretty good.

Why a disclaimer though? I feel like all of the cool writers use disclaimers as a way to distance those they work for from their works. Even though I work for no one right now, I still know that people tend to believe what you write is what you believe17. Since I’m not sure if I’ll believe everything I write in the future, it seems smart to get that idea out of the way quickly, as well as avoiding indemnifying my family.


  1. and hopefully future posts

  2. or have run out of time

  3. no, this isn’t just a way to increase the word count

  4. as nothing I’ve said seems too objectionable

  5. I know this is unlikely, but it makes a convenient segue

  6. and will likely in the future continue to have

  7. rightly

  8. taken from: SamR’s Assorted Musings and Rants: Front Door, Bolding mine

  9. I know this is unlikely, but it makes a convenient segue

  10. and will likely in the future continue to have

  11. rightly

  12. taken from: SamR’s Assorted Musings and Rants: Front Door, Bolding mine

  13. rightly

  14. like most people in the process of learning

  15. taken from: SamR’s Assorted Musings and Rants: Front Door, Bolding mine

  16. taken from: SamR’s Assorted Musings and Rants: Front Door

  17. rightly