I Believe What He Says Here is True

I believe what the author says below is 100% correct.  Would anyone be interested in joining forces with me?  How might we do it?  I have no idea.  Maybe one of you have some ideas.


source: Right Wing News

The Slow, Painful Coming Death Of The Independent, Conservative Blogosphere

Way, way back in 2001, when I got started in the blogosphere, the Right side of the blogosphere was bigger and more influential than the Left.
Why?
Well, in American politics, the energy tends to be with the party that’s out of power. During the nineties, that was the Right and a lot of websites like Free Republic and Townhall got big and burly as part of the opposition to Bill Clinton. The Right side of the blogosphere, that was just starting to come into existence in the very late 90s, managed to get off to a running start for that reason.
However, a funny thing happened in 2002-2003 — the left side of the blogosphere took off and eclipsed the Right side of the blogosphere. Liberals ferociously loathed George W. Bush, just as conservatives had detested Clinton, and they went online to congregate and get the information they needed to fight back. Soon, the liberal blogs were considerably bigger than the conservative blogs….although, and this is an often overlooked caveat, there were still a number of significant conservative websites, with large audiences, that many people don’t consider to be “blogs:” LucianneThe American Spectator,WorldnetDailyNewsmax, etc.
So, since that was the case, when Barack Obama got into power, you’d have expected that traffic on the Right side of the blogosphere would have surged just as it did on the Left side of the blogosphere in the early Bush years.
That didn’t happen.
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5) Most bloggers are not very good at marketing, not very good at monetizing, there are no sugar daddies giving us cash, and this isn’t the biggest market in the world to begin with. In other words, this is a time-consuming enterprise, but few people are going to make enough money to go full time. How many people can put in 20-30-40-50 hours a week on something that’s not going to ever be their full time job? Can they do it for 5 years? 10 years? 15? 20? This is the plight that 99.9% of serious, independent conservative bloggers face. This has already created a lot of attrition and over the next few years, as people realize that their traffic is more likely to slowly, but surely significantly deteriorate rather than explode, you’re going to see a lot more people give up.
Bloggers have asked me: So what’s the strategy to deal with this?
Really, it’s simple: Get big or go home.
Find a way to dramatically increase the size of your blog, expand into multiple websites that together are big, hook up with someone who’s already big, or accept that there isn’t much of a future in a small, niche market for you. Maybe that sounds a little grim, but unless something changes, independent conservative bloggers who haven’t already made it big don’t have a bright future.

8 comments:

  1. Hey Neil,

    Good article, And true......I think it is ironic that the left that has control of the traditional media has made such inroads into a "right wing" endeavor. I blog because I find it therapeutic...and cheaper than therapy;)

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    1. Agreed, but I am constantly amazed at the low quality stuff that makes its way on to the Drudge Report or Bad Blue, while smaller bloggers with better stuff are largely ignored. I think we might be able to make our own version of what the big boys are doing.

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    2. Neil, I have wanted to do this forever....but...I admit, I am not very good with building web pages and all that. I have been trying to get theconservativewife.com off the ground since I started blogging...no avail. If you ever figure this out or if I can help in any way...I'm all in.

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    3. We need more people on board. Together, our combined readership could give us more clout. The problem is that it seems so much like collectivism. The very thing I spend so much time denouncing.

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  2. What of it?

    The left has control of the media. Nobody trusts a newspaper except stupid people. The left has control of the schools and universities. Now a degree is pretty much meaningless, and certain degrees (in subjects like 'Gender/Black/Women's Studies' are red flags to employers and serve to mark unproductive people skilled in manufacturing grievances. The left has control of the courts - and now justice goes down on the street every time a failed liberal social experiment gets wasted a la St. Trayvon Of Skittles. Hell, in the ensuing riots the perps are doing us a favour by burning down their own neighbourhoods. Long story short - when the left gets control of something it invariably corrupts and fails.

    My belief is that we have to mend this rift between the so-called 'neocons' (there is no such thing) and the childish libertarians that hate cops and law and the military on general principles. We agree on just about everything else but a few key hot issues divide us - and the left is capitalizing on them and we are all going to suffer for it.

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    1. "My belief is that we have to mend this rift between the so-called 'neocons' (there is no such thing) and the childish libertarians that hate cops and law and the military on general principles. We agree on just about everything else but a few key hot issues divide us - and the left is capitalizing on them and we are all going to suffer for it"

      You are correct. In addition we have to get the people who agree with us but are too meek to voice their own opinion (who I believe are the true majority), to grow a backbone and support us.

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  3. So Ron Paul Republicans and Libertarians are childish? Glenn is as much of a problem in this country as the left. I'm still waiting for those low taxes and limited government. Even in TX, governor Perry, a Republican, got help to arm twist Amazon into collecting sales taxes. Republicans have already failed on Obamacare and immigration, but that's the usual result.

    I've had no reasons to really bother voting since I'll still get stuck with the same tax bill and more loss of freedoms. Conservative is just another synonym for statist.

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    1. "I've had no reasons to really bother voting since I'll still get stuck with the same tax bill and more loss of freedoms" Except for when our turn here on earth is almost over, we can tell our children and grandchildren that we tried our best to preserve what this country once was and was meant to be.

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