Cops, Blogging and Business

Cops and other law enforcement professionals are just like other people when it comes to wanting a way to increase their income. Many like me have taken to creating side business on the internet and in that vein several people have asked me lately for resources intended for bloggers.  So like a good blogger, I decided to write an article to describe some of my thoughts.

Can you earn a living on the internet?  Some say so, and many say the way to build your base of support is through blogging or writing a frequent article on a blog or web log.

Don’t know what blogging is?  A Blog is what you are reading.  Blog is a contraction of the words Web Log or someone’s rambling on a running log on a website on the internet.  Many are set up by using blog software from WordPress or Blogger. Check out Wikipedia has to say about blogging and blog software by clicking on the links on those words above.

I started CopsAlive as a way to give back to the law enforcement profession that gave me so much during my career.  It was also a way to write about the things that I was seeing that troubled me like cops committing suicide or suffering the ill effects of stress by drinking too much, spending too much, getting divorced or getting fired.

I don’t know yet whether or not there is money to be made on the internet but I think the internet is the way of the commercial future and I think it is about selling the information you have, to people who want to learn more about what you know.

Check out what a friend and fellow police officer, Ted Newman, has created to help people learn about marketing your information on the internet at his site on Simple Information Marketing and learn more about Ted on my posting “Success Story – Ted Newman“.

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about a group I’m organizing for a Caribbean Cruise next January called CopsAlive Cruises.  I leaned a lot about what I know about internet business on a cruise vacation this last January.  The same group of internet marketers are sailing again in January of 2009 and I’m organizing a group of cops who want to join me to work together and learn more about starting a business on the internet.  Check with your tax advisor to see if it would be tax deductible for you.  To learn more CLICK HERE.

To help you start as a blogger here are some blogging websites I like: Pro Blogger, Daily Blogging Tips, Bloggers Blog and the Blog Catalog.

If you want to read what other cops are writing on their blogs here is a list of sites I have collected.  If you don’t see yours or your favorite send me an email and let me know about any others.

Cop Blogs

U.S. Marshals
The Iron in Our Soul
Private Officers Breaking News
Negative Ghostrider
Line of Duty
View from the Cop
Which End Bites
Unlikely Cop
Welcome to Toy Town
The Twining Chronicles
Sheriff Carter’s Newsletter
TPD Blog
Personal Safety and Protection
Top of the Cops
The Thin Blue Line
I Know I Have a Right to Remain Silent
The Bronze Blog
The Chicken Run
Stupid Criminal Files
You’re Nicked!
Sheepdogs and Wolves
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Second City Sarge
Second City Cop
Positive LEO
Police Locker Room
Police Community Support Officer
The Philosophical Cop Policing Blog
PC Franky Fact His Views on Policing Are Lacking in Tact
PC Bloggs A Tweny-First Century Police Officer
Panda Tales
Officer “Smith” Thoughts from Behind the Badge
Diary of a Police Officer
Tales From The Metropolis
The Naked Cop
Scott’s Morning Brew
The Johnny Law Chronicles
Lagniappe’s Lair
Intelligence Detective
Police Inspector Blog
Hott Cops
Glock N’ Cuffs
The Enforcer’s Notebook
The Policeman’s Blog
Just Livin’ The Dream
Cerberus at the Gate
Behind the Star
Dark Nights
Blues And Twos – Police Officers Blog
San Jose Mercury News Crime Blog
The Official COPS Blog
Belfast Peeler
My 5150 World
200 Weeks
Mr. Police Man

Wikipedia on Blogs:
Wikipedia on Blog Software:
WordPress: or use a free account at visit
Pro Blogger
Daily Blogging Tips
Bloggers Blog
Blog Catalog
Ted Newman and Simple Information Marketing: or visit his blog at:
CopsAlive Cruises:

Good luck to you and happy blogging!

About Editor

John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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