Blogging for Situational Awareness Users and Learners

Are you in the right place? Who is this blog for?

The intended audience is anyone looking to advance their situational awareness (SA) for personal safety. Other users may include previous and current students in Combat Hunter, and Advanced Situational Awareness (ASAT) courses.

Anthony Tran Photography                                                                                                                                                      (Analyze SitRed, 2016)

What’s the importance of blogs? Why is this blog important to you?

Blogs provide information in a brief and consolidated manner, and encourage interaction. This blog aims to do the same. SA is the ability to read the human and natural terrain all around you. If I could provide you three extra seconds before an event that could potentially harm you, or change your life forever, would you take them? The answer is always yes, Lets remove paranoia from the equation, and call it piece of mind.

What is a blog?

Perhaps the greatest definition I could find was provided via Blog Basics. Here is what the author has to say, “A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions” (Byrd, K. 2017). In other words, it is the beliefs and experiences each of us document, and share consciously with the word.

How to use this blog?

If you are still reading, let me provide a step-by-step guide to the usage of the information that will be shared.

  • Read – read with an open mind
  • Compare – to situations and circumstances you have faced
  • Practice – try some of the techniques that will be provided to you.
  • Exercise – Not necessarily your body, more along the line of your mind.

Advantages and disadvantages to blogging?

Advantages

  • Easy to create
  • Networking made possible
  • Provides education to readers
  • Real time feedback from followers

Disadvantages

  • Feedback from opposing points of view
  • Can create backlash and public opinion              
  • Stealing of information
  • Either readers stealing from blogger, or blogger stealing from sources.

How to use blogs for training tools.

Since blogs are provide online, sharing the link to perspective students allows for interaction and learning outside of the classroom. Can engage participation outside the classroom for instructor and students, students and students, and outside users.

Beginners guide to blogging.

  • Stay current
  • Relevant information only
  • Remain objective when possible
  • Be open to feedback and responses

Suggested blogs for Situational Awareness

Begin with the End in Mind – Mr. Gasaway does a great job identifying the steps that occur during the observation period throughout this blog. His position in regards to SA and the processes that occur within the brain are supported by science, human behavior, and predictive analysis supported by learned experiences. All of which is relevant to our shared audience. Readers can look forward to weekly blogs by Mr. Gasaway who has created a high demand for his training, and has reached over 40,000 listeners, referenced in over 450 books, and continues to be a spokesperson for SA and the benefits of this training.

Assumptions can be a situational awareness barrier – In this blog, Mr. Gasaway demonstrates how denial can effect survivability, success, and proper decision making skills. He highlights the need to remove assumptions through investigation and application of context and relevance. The engagement that occurs on his blog site allows for users to share and contribute to the information in an effort to enhance training and learning.

assume  (Smatters.com, n.d)

 

Not Today Mother F_ _ ker! Lessons Learned From a True Story. – Beth Warford does a great job depicting the realities of the world we all live in. She goes to grave detail illustrating the harsh realities of abduction, rape, and real life and death situations that occur all around us today. With graphic images and stories to share, this blogger does a great job in providing and supplementing the information that will be shared on this page. Each blog represents insecurities and concerns we each face in our daily lives. Beth Warford posts about every 2-3 months on average, or 3-4 times per year. The level of engagement from her audience is minimal but supportive of her personal journey back to health. With support from accredited self-defense experts, and formal law enforcement personal, Beth Warford has the backing and support to continue down the path that she is on.

beth  (Prettyloaded.org, n.d)

LOST: A Guide to Keep Your Children Safe in Public – Talk about an article that addresses real situations that occur almost daily for us parents. Things happen in a blink of an eye that can effect the rest of our life’s. This article approached SA from a parents perspective and the proper way to train and make your kids SA as well. These posts as mentioned earlier, occur roughly 3-4 times a year. Engagement occurs at a minimal but consistent rate, and typically involves praise and support for realism and training ideas. Each posts that Beth provides, gets deeper into the world of SA from a prevention perspective.

little girl  (Prettyloaded.org, 2017)

 

YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY…COP’S LEAVING THE JOB – Wow, this blog does a great job and demonstrating the realness behind the state of our society today. When issues and circumstances require Law Enforcement officers to quit their jobs, leave their posts, and pursue different career options, the threat is real. Mr. Cooper post a blog about 3-4 times a month, and typically writes about the current climate we as Americans find ourselves. He dives deeper into the political and community realm of SA which actually supports the individual efforts we are targeting. In this particular blog, there is no interaction with the writer. However, after quickly reviewing some of his other blogs, interaction occurred at a very minimal level.

 

References

Byrd, K. (2011). What is a blog? Retrieved from https://blogbasics.com/what-is-a-blog/

Gasaway, R. (2017). Begin with the end in mind. Retrieved from http://www.samatters.com

Gasaway, R. (2017). Assumptions can be a situational awareness barrier. Retrieved from http://www.samatters.com

Warford, B. (2017, April 9). Not Today Mother F_ _ ker! Lessons Learned From a True Story.. Retrieved from https://prettyloaded.org/not-today-mother-f_-_-ker-lessons-learned-from-a-true-story/

Warford, B. (2017, January 8). LOST: A guide to keep your children safe in public. Retrieved from https://prettyloaded.org/lost-a-guide-to-keep-your-children-safe-in-public/

 

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