So you’ve decided to turn into a Conservative Blogger? Congratulations, so long as you do it right it’s rather a lot of fun and incredibly rewarding. I myself decided to start blogging when I realized that listening to or reading the news was making me mad. I realized I was getting mad because I felt helpless. Now that I have a blog, I’m at least getting out in the wild how I feel about the issues that are important if you ask me. I’m even having some success with people reading my posts. So, in the hopes of helping others follow in my footsteps I’ve composed this list of what to remember when you become a conservative blogger. They are things that I think about before each post I make, and I think they will be as ideal for you as they have been for me.
Always make sure you provide your sources. If you look at blogs I write they are full of links. This is because I try to back up everything I write with some sort of source. It adds credibility to my article, and also giving my readers a lot of other places they can head to get even more information about whatever issue I’m writing about.
Monitor your comments: No I don’t mean to delete people that disagree with you. However, you should have the occasional flamer that will start cursing out of nowhere or otherwise making comments that you don’t want on your site. The other thing you would run into are individuals who will post a generic touch upon among your posts with a link to their own website. They’re spamming and just attempting to create backlinks to their own websites. This is very unethical to do without permission. Delete conservative organizations as you find them and if you really desire to be mean ban their IP.
Don’t be a parrot: You really shouldn’t spend one hour writing a blog to only repeat what Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity were saying on the radio. There is absolutely no point in this. If people desire to hear what Rush Limbaugh thinks they’ll listen to Rush Limbaugh. Your purpose with a blog is to create a niche that separates you from others. It could be how you spin things, how you tie certain stories together that others might possibly not have noticed, or the way you scour the web to find obscure stories to comment on that didn’t quite gain national attention. Who knows, if you get good enough you may one day make the famous “Stack of Stuff.”
Don’t call radio shows just to try to advertise your website. I hear people make an effort to do this on different programs also it makes me mad. Usually you will not get past the screener and unless the host is in a particularly good mood you won’t see through the ten second delay. These shows are out there to create money. They sell advertising as a means of making that money. With the rare exception of giving free air time and energy to an excellent cause, their advertisers aren’t going to be happy in the event that you sneak the right path into getting free of charge what they paid thousands of dollars for. Its also actually just tacky, rude, and you may see it coming from a mile away.
Don’t get upset by dissent: People are likely to disagree with you, probably a lot. Honestly, it wouldn’t be much fun if everyone agreed with your point all the time. Read the comments when people disagree with you and see should they have a point. Should they do, react to their comment and tell them. The best blogs will be the ones that foster discussion because they get people to keep returning.
Quality always beats quantity: You have to provide regular content on your own site. However, that content also needs to be worth reading. If it ever boils down to getting something through to the site today or waiting each day and having a better article take the time you need to create the better article. This way your readers will say “well it took a while but it was worth the wait” instead of “boy this site is going downhill. I’m going someplace else from now on.”
I learned this one the hard way. Back up your files!!!! I’d highly suggest using an online word processing package such as Google Docs that is free. Type all your blog articles there and paste them into your WordPress blog or whatever you are using. This can prevent you from losing your content should something happen to your files. Also, your hosting provider should offer you options through cPanel or whatever management system they use to make backups of one’s site and associated databases. Do that regularly!
Read as much as it is possible to. Read the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist papers, the other works of the founding fathers, and all the other great works on politics and philosophy. You can get a lot of them for free in the event that you download the Amazon Kindle program for PC or for your iPhone.