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Is Independent Conservative Blogging Dead?

This post is going to be a bit of a departure from the days normal business of goofing on liberals, even if they never take a vacation from being goofy...

Today at Right Wing News John Hawkins (who shared my Obama baby picture I recently posted here) asks, and sort of answers a question that has loomed in my mind since The Looking Spoon started.

From today's post The Slow, Painful Coming Death Of The Independent, Conservative Blogosphere...

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.

See the entire post, here

The reaction to this has been fairly mixed, but as one of those small blogs I see exactly what he's saying.

I work, I have a family, even if I had the resources to make and break news I don't have the time to devote to actually doing it. Thanks to skill sets not seen too much on the conservative side of thing, namely a sense of humor, and professional grade Photoshop skills, I've staked my claim on trying to become a kind of third rail (but in a good way) to the news blogs on one side, and the punditry on the other side of the tracks.

Truth be told my traffic isn't anything to write home about, but I most definitely have better numbers now than I did a year ago, which were much better from the year before that, but that's not saying too much either.

Given the total inability to compete with conservative blogs that break stuff faster than a liberal in charge of guarding the Constitution, I don't know if The Looking Spoon can or should continue in it's current form. The feeling that I got into the game a little too late haunts my sense of motivation to endure 4-5 hours of sleep (that are constantly interrupted by my baby daughter) every night.

That said, I'm not giving up.

I can't give up. Not because of pride, but because of a sense of duty to fight for preserving the identity that has made America great the only way I know how. The founding fathers had the Federalist Papers. Today, to the chagrin liberals, we have an internet that spawned modern day Paul Reveres in the form of conservative bloggers.

A few really bright lights are great and necessary, but (in my opinion) it needs the myriad of smaller lights to support it. If anyone doubts me just remember that in 2008 tens of millions of 40 watt bulbs (still waiting to be switched on) elected the biggest leadership head fakes this country has ever seen.

Or maybe they were more like moths to a nuclear flame, but then the points of light analogy falls apart unless I start saying the big conservative blogs are like big cans of Raid, but that type of imagery inspires as much hope for victory as an invitation to a White House fast food eating contest.



If for no other reason, smaller blogs are always needed, not only to let the voiceless know that they are not alone, but also to affirm there is nothing elite about conservatism, or the ability to give its message, that is or should be limited to the Townhalls or Redstates.

That may sound like pie in the sky idealism, but it's better than what I had before I started, which coincidentally shares its distinction with Emperor Obama's wardrobe....a whole lot of nothing.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have my next post to think about....those liberals aren't going to satirize themselves.

h/t iOwnTheWorld for the image.