When I write, I talk about what’s on my mind. You might agree with me, or you might not. My ideas might work for you, or they might not. I’m not trying to change your mind and I’m certainly not claiming to be an expert on anything. I simply share what works for me and if you get something from it, that’s great.

If you disagree with me on a subject, that’s cool. I often disagree with myself, too. Write a response and let me know. I enjoy being challenged on my ideas. My favourite emails are when readers share a different point of view. That’s when we learn and grow.

Every time I sit down and write a new article, I start waffling like those initial two paragraphs. I don’t want to offend anyone or come across as preachy, so I add a disclaimer.

And then when I edit my post, the disclaimer is the first bit that gets deleted. It’s nonsense. If someone disagrees with me or gets upset about what I write, then no disclaimer is going to help. Everyone knows that it’s my point of view else why would I write it?

Disclaimers, wordy intros, apologies: they’re all unnecessary. They water down the message. Try removing the first two paragraphs from your writing — they’re probably not needed. Get to the point.

So, there. This is my disclaimer. And if you ever spot another one in my writing, please call me out on it.