So, I was asked to start a blog related to the tedious topic of GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING.  I have written personal blogs before and was able to attract about 3 regular viewers (4 if you include my wife).  Then again, who really cares about my ramblings on my personal life?  This time around, I decided to see how I was supposed to do it and turned to Google:

“How to Start a Blog” = 1,010,000,000 results
“How to Start a Business Blog” = 41,400,000 results
“Federal ‘Government Contracting’ Blog” = 596,000 results

Of course, everyone has an opinion on how best to do it, but not many are doing what I am doing.  So, I came up with my own general set of guidelines for this blog.

  1. Be yourself.
    I am indeed well-versed, passionate, and opinionated about the topic. I have experience tempered with idealism surrounding government contracting and compliance, so that should help.  I also have some very grand ideas for the way things SHOULD be run (namely effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally).  However, I tend not to take myself very seriously, so this could be one of those blogs that you love or hate.  I will inject humor where possible to lighten the topic.
  2. Blog on a specific subject.
    Let’s take a step back and simply analyze “government contracting.”  The worst part for many people is that
    “government” tends to be a bad word.  It can probably be said that the dislike of “government” is one of the few topics that transcends party, age, gender, and all of the other politically correct lines.  Government contracting isn’t all bad, so hang in there for a couple episodes. You owe it to yourself to at least see what this guy has to say.
  3. Update frequently and make it part of a periodic routine.
    If I don’t update this blog at least 2-3 times a week, I am pretty sure my boss will notice – that is motivation enough for me.
  4. Keep the posts interesting.
    I can only hope I am up to the challenge of making it interesting.  Face it – my assignment is not going to be
    easy, but I think with the right attitude we can all learn something.  If nothing else, see #1 and #2.
  5. Spell check and use reliable sources.
    I won a few spelling bees in my day, but the computer definitely has me on some of the really hard “ie” versus “ei” twists.  My sources will always be listed and identifiable. I will even use pictures when possible just to brighten the page!
  6. Don’t feel bad if no one visits for a while.
    Shouldn’t everyone want to know what I have to say? Well, maybe not just yet… time will tell.

Some of the problems with writing this blog will be:

  • Enough acronyms to fill a book (I have seen one).
  • Enough regulation to fill a library (I have seen one of those too).
  • Enough “change” that you could fill a piggy bank the size of the Pentagon (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the word-play)
  • Enough easy jokes about politics/government/etc…

About Marty Herbert

With 13 years of government contract administration, analysis, finance, and audit experience, I have established a firm baseline in ethics and a specialization in government contracts that has prepared me to become a subject matter expert in my field. I am currently working on enhancing government contracts management and compliance through workflow tools and product offerings - attempting to make the process proactive as opposed to reactive.
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