Donovan Starling

First Blog Ever…by Donovan Starling

I know nothing about blogging. I assume its just writing what’s on your mind for that day and sharing it with whoever wants to read it. When I got locked up the internet wasn’t what it is today. It was up and running and I’m sure there was blogging and things of that sort, but I was running too wild to slow down enough to see what was going on around me. We don’t have access to the internet in prison. There are a few lucky ones that will somehow get a hold of a cell phone that has internet access and that person is able to look at the internet, but normally it doesn’t happen… Someone came to me and asked would I like to start writing blogs. I’d heard of them of course, but wasn’t sure how I could do this until he explained it to me. Someone out there feels that even though we’re locked up that we’re still human and have a right to be heard. She feels that writing can be a great source of rehabilitation, growth and healing… I couldn’t agree more.

I don’t know what my blogs will consist of. I imagine nobody does before they write them, but I have a good idea as to what I think I should start with. How many of you really know what goes on in prisons? Not what you see on TV or hear what someone thinks may happen, but the real shit that the prisoners go through or even what the officers deal with. I’ve done 13 years straight. No days off. There’s plenty who’s done longer and has even longer to do still and in a sense that’s unfortunate for them. There are things that go on in these prisons that the Department of Corrections doesn’t want the “Free World” to know. Yeah, I’m sure some of you are saying, “y’all mother fuckers deserve what you get” and most of you that say it have been hurt one way or another by someone who is in prison or hasn’t been caught yet. I’m with you on that. If you break the law you should be punished. But are all laws equal to the next?

I would like to hear what people have to say about the things I blog about. I may say some things that you don’t agree with or you may have questions to the things I say. We don’t have to talk directly. I can blog and you can email me and make comments or ask questions and I can respond through the blog and not use your name or whatever. My blogs won’t always consist of “locked up” themes. I may blog about something I’ve seen and am curious about and you can school me on it. A lot has changed for me over the past 13 years and I’m going to be mentally lost when I get out there.

Until next time,

Donovan Starling
DOC #1056121

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