Oh, okay. I’ll bite.
“The Slow, Painful Coming Death of the Independent, Conservative Blogosphere” has made quite the ripple effect on the blogosphere. If the point of that article was to increase page views, Mr. Hawkins did a great job.
If the point was to warn folks that it’s really really hard to make some decent jack as an unknown, independent conservative blogger, then Mr. Hawkins did a great job . . . stating the obvious.
If the point was actually to convince folks like me to . . . what was it? “Get big or go home?” Well then. Yah. As if.
Who knows what the feller meant. If you happen to stop by, Mr. Hawkins, feel free to lemme know.
Of course, the name of my blog provides a glimpse into how I feel about being the “little guy.”
If a goofy angel named Clarence ever shows me what the world would be like had I not been born, well. I fervently hope to see the little things add up to bigger effects than I ever could have dreamed.
I was pretty much born to be a soldier in the Army of Davids.
We are a hardworking, intelligent, and underappreciated bunch in the conservative blogosphere, overall. Some of us get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of news we try to distill. So, it would be nicer to read encouragement, rather than “oh give up and go home.”
But okay. Duly noted.
As the lovely Lonely Conservative said, “I guess I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon.”
Before starting my blog, I cottoned on to the fact making it lucrative would be butt-hard and probably futile. So I thought of it as a new hobby.
I love my new hobby. To me, blogging is less like journalism and more like using CB radio. We use our sites to reach out to other people. We even have “handles.” We’ve just replaced the radio with a laptop.
(Breaker, breaker, do you copy? Over.)
Anyhoo, if Hawkins’ dire prediction bothered you even a little, Missy S has some sage advice on her coffee mug.
Big Fur Hat (at i Own The World) also has a brilliant idea. Tapping into his inner George Bailey, this blogger offers to help the little guy:
“iOTW doesn’t want any conservative blogs going belly up (except maybe some annoying ones – hehe) because that isn’t going to help the overall cause of conservatism.
So, if you have your own blog, no matter how modest or large, please put a link to it in the comment section of this post. I will be maintaining this post and monitoring its progress and bumping it from time to time to the front page. I will also be going to the blogs to poach some posts to include among our daily content.”
Sweet! Go over there and add your name to the list. (Try not to spend too long clicking onto new blogs in the list, though. Dinner won’t cook itself.)
Finally, I’m going to take some advice from here, and thank a blogger:
Thank you, Karen the Lonely Conservative. You are a workhorse, and I am very appreciative of your work. Your daily email subscription is an important part of my information gathering process.
Happy blogging, all!
UPDATE: Do go meet the conservative blogosphere’s guardian, Zilla. She’s got our back.