So you’ve decided to become a Conservative Blogger? Congratulations, as long as you do it right it can be a lot of fun and very 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 open how I feel about the issues that are important to me. I am even having some success with people reading my posts. So, in the hopes of helping others follow in my footsteps I have composed this list of things to remember when you become a conservative blogger. They are things that I think about before every post I make, and I think they will be as useful for you as they have been for me conservative news sites.
- Always make sure you provide your sources. If you look at blog posts 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, as well as giving my readers a bunch of other places they can go to get even more information about whatever issue I am writing about.
- Monitor your comments: No I don’t mean to delete people that disagree with you. However, you will have the occasional flamer that will start cursing out of the blue or otherwise making comments that you don’t want on your site. The other thing you will come across are people that will post a generic comment on one of your posts with a link to their own website. They are spamming and just trying to create backlinks to their own websites. This is very unethical to do without permission. Delete them as you find them and if you really want to be mean ban their IP.
- Don’t be a parrot: You really shouldn’t spend an hour writing a blog to only repeat what Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity were saying on the radio. There is no point in this. If people want 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 the others. It could be the way you spin things, the way you tie certain stories together that others might 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 even one day make the famous “Stack of Stuff.”
- Don’t call radio shows just to try to advertise your site. I hear people try to do this on different programs and it makes me mad. Usually you won’t get past the screener and unless the host is in a particularly good mood you won’t get past the ten second delay. These shows are out there to make money. They sell advertising as a way of making that money. With the rare exception of giving free air time to a good cause, their advertisers aren’t going to be happy if you sneak your way into getting for free what they paid thousands of dollars for. Its also really just tacky, rude, and you can see it coming from a mile away.
- Don’t get upset by dissent: People are going 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 if they have a point. If they do, respond to their comment and let them know. The best blogs are the ones that foster discussion because they get people to keep coming back.
- Quality always beats quantity: You need to provide regular content on your site. However, that content also needs to be worth reading. If it ever comes down to getting something up on the site today or waiting a day and having a better article take the time you need to create the better article. That 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 somewhere else from now on.”
- I learned this one the hard way. Back up your files!!!! I would highly suggest using an online word processing package such as Google Docs which is free. Type all your blog articles there and then paste them into your WordPress blog or whatever you are using. This will prevent you from losing your content should something happen to your files. Also, your hosting provider should give you options through cPanel or whatever management system they use to make backups of your site and associated databases. Do this regularly!
- Read as much as you can. Read the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist papers, the other works of the founding fathers, and all of the other great works on politics and philosophy. You can get a lot of them for free if you download the Amazon Kindle program for PC or for your iPhone.
In conclusion, these are just a few of the things you should consider when starting a conservative blog. I hope this article has been informative and will help you on your path to changes the hearts and minds of the world with your words. If you have time, drop by my blog and leave a comment on what I’m saying, I’d appreciate it.