Tonight the looserounds.com facebook “fan” page has hit over 300 “likes.” While thats a really small number compared to other pages and compared to the daily visits to the looseorunds website. It is still pretty exciting to me. The reason is simple. We have not spent 1 dollar in some kind of advertising to gain likes or paid some expert PR firm to get us likes. I like it better that way. I want people to like us and find us on their own.
Since its a bit of a mile stone for us I thought I would say a few things about looserounds that none of us have share so far in the short time LR has been in this world. And because of the 300 likes this is as good time as any to say it and for me to blather and gibber on longer then I should.
When Howard and I decided to start loose rounds, we wanted it to be different to a lot of the fire arms blogs out there all over the web. First, we did not want it to be another NRA parrot site full of news about anti gun laws being passed or pro gun law victories. You can get that every where else. We agreed that unless its something critically important, we would skip on it. Another thing was we wanted to have content that was at least an attempt at something meaningful. Some other sites will post up stuff every day, but its just as likely to be rumor or non news as anything informative. It gives the illusion of activity, but its really not. We also did not want to or seem to be talking down to the readers or lecture them as if they were ignorant beginners. There is one fire arm blog I saw a few months ago that had the smug arrogance to lecture readers on their FB page about the readers spelling and grammar. I suppose he could not help himself from complaining about his readers comments in the comment section, or felt his readers intelligence was so low he felt it is duty to make the world a better place by making sure the people who came to his blog were as smart as he felt he deserved them to be…..Have no idea. But I told Howard that I would have been highly insulted by his condescending posts toward his fans. Looserounds is here to share info and give you our opinion on what is good and works and what does not. We do not feel we are better then you nor are we going to lecture you on your spelling or how you dress. There is enough of that on gun boards that are suppose to be technical and are the furthest from it.
Some of us may have more or different experience in some things that you do not, but does not mean we are anything special. We will give you an honest opinion whether you like the opinion or not is another thing. You might not agree with out opinion and that OK. but if you get mad over it that is not going to change our opinio. We do not hold that against anyone and we hope you would not take it personal and hold it against us. Though if you do. well. whatever.
We do try to talk to our readers as adults that have more then basic fire arms knowledge. Sure, not everyone does, but the fundamentals always apply and I have always found that people will learn pretty fast. We also will take the time to answer any beginner level question, shooting or technical or informational. We cover a wide range sometimes and try to be entertaining, helpful and to sometimes teach a little fire arms history along with other useful and sundry skill.
One thing I feel is important to point out is looserounds and the writers at LR does not feel or think anyone who is not LEO or Military, does not know what they are talking about. This is another point that has always bothered us about some of the other gun blogs and websites. Experts come from all over and just because some one is paid or “trained” to do something hardly makes them an expert. I am sure everyone has seen examples of both. So do not feel like something on this site is not for you just because you never had to throw a grenade through a window or make some SWAT team raid. The info we try to provide is meant to help everyone and to make everyone think. We do not think some ones opinion can not be judged because they are LEO or Mil. That thinking leads to blind hero worship and relying on people who may not know what they are doing and leading other to follow the same mistakes. So comment on anything you wish even if some one has told you that you can not argue with the topic because you don’t have the experience. We are always willing to listen and talk about it ( unless you start out with insulting ).
We started out to talk about tactics and shooting more then reviews and gear tests but we certainly evolved fast into doing that as well. We also added topics like survival and prepping and even the comedic section. Starting next year we will debut our Youtube Channel with videos. Catherine will be at SHOT show to show some video of the new stuff and hopefully some interviews with company reps. And of course videos with shooting tips. I can not say for sure what the video portion will evolve into though because we seem to not know how we are going to do things until it just happens. Just like pregnancy. no one knows how it works until a kid pops out.
I can say we will probably have more AAR and reviews of come carbine and shooting classes this year from Mark. He may be going to a Costa shooting class so if that happens you can read his always excellent review of his experience and we will have some more article about antique and obscure guns form the Editor of LR C.Lopes. If that is popular, maybe we will do more. I am always waiting to hear from readers about what they would like to read about, so suggestions are welcome. But, I can not promise we will write about it. But we will do our very best to answer questions as usual. There is a very wide range and knowledge base on looseorunds and there is not much we can not answer.
Thanks for reading what we have to say this year and thanks to our facebook fans for “liking” us. I for one am surprised on how much we have grown. I never imagined so many people would want to read what we had to say in this time of every gun blog being run by a “SEAL.”
We just want to help other shooters with what we learned over years and hundreds of thousands of rounds and even Combat for one of us. Keep reading if you like what we do and 2013 will be better then this year with more to offer and new and better things.