BC over at the blog 1'm 41 contacted me in a quest to ask
"50 of the brightest minds in the conservative blogosphere their views, so that I can compile a set a blogging best practices to help act as a guide for the thousands of grassroots conservative bloggers -- so that as a group we can be more effective at attacking liberals."
I gave BC a short summary of what I thought needed to be done in the face of a vicious left, a gutless, mealy-mouthed right, and a culture at war with American values and morality.
Kudos to BC for assembling 18 rules by getting a wide range of comment from an interesting mix of right bloggers like The Lonely Conservative, Jimmy Z, Zilla, Wolf Files, Angry White Dude, Kathy Shaidle, The Black Sphere, Blazing Cat Fur, The Looking Spoon, Chicks On The Right, Waznmentobe McCain and Moe Lane.It s a great read. So yeah, read it all.
There's a lot more, get all 18 rules here.
After losing to Obama twice, I decided to ask some of the best bloggers what they thought we could do differently.
Below is a short summary of what they feel like would be the best approach (tips, tactics, what to do, what not to do, attack strategy) for enabling conservative bloggers to help conservatives win more elections.
“War!” Andrew Breitbart
I will add the rest as they come in…
Rule 1 – Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs) - A complete reevaluation of the opposition strategy is needed. The Republicans have failed. The Republican Party has failed. The left controls the media, the government, the educational system, and the pop culture. Obama’s reelection is the fruit of 50 years of hammering at the American psyche to destroy American exceptionalism.
Those who are left who still believe in it have to go over the heads of all the centers of power, appeal directly to the people, and formulate new groups and organizations that bypass the corrupt and compromised entities.
The Tea Party did this but failed when the media crushed it. Our only hope is to attempt such an organization anew and decisively throw off old attitudes and perspectives and ways of doing things, refusing to accept the media paradigms, and forming a world view and perspective that is a true alternative to socialism and statism. If we cannot or do not do this, all is lost.
Rule 2: Dave Blount (Moonbattery) – Here’s my advice for countermoonbat bloggers:
Be relentless. Liberalism is like rust; it never stepscorroding every aspect of society. That’s we why can never stop fighting it. If our attention flags, readers will inevitably wander away. Hammer away with everything you’ve got, day in and day out, not just when you feel particularly inspired.
Be honest. Let the Fox News analysts come up with politically expedient compromise positions. Honesty is what we have to offer that they don’t. Bloggers are the spine and the conscience of the conservative movement. If we sell out, it’s all over. Unite. We don’t all have to be on the same page on every issue; we would go stagnant if we were. But we are all pushing in the same direction, so we should promote each other whenever possible.
Find your angle. There isn’t much difference between 1,001 blogs and 1,002 blogs all shouting the same thing. Ideally every blog will find something slightly different to bring to the table.
Keep your sense of humor. It isn’t easy to laugh these days, but no one is going to read you if you don’t stay entertaining.
Rule 3: BigFurHat (It’s BigFurHat) - There is no denying that American culture is on the decline. Most people. left and right, agree. Where we split politically is which way the finger of blame points. I think it’s important to be able to lay all societal ills at the feet of progressivism, where it rightly belongs.
No matter what problem you see it is to be labeled “progressivism in action.”
If you encounter racism in our own ranks, teach them that they should NEVER use derogatory terms for any minority. This is the only arrow the left has in their quiver, to call us racists, that is why they are using it so much lately. Do not play into that hand.
Purge our side of racists by reeducating them to be able to articulate their frustrations by blaming the real enemy – progressives.
Remind everyone that when they are witnessing a decline in culture, like a flash mob or a wilding event, it is the corruption of good people by “progressivism.” They are merely victims of progressive policies. Stress that the removal of progressivism will be the first step toward repairing our broken society.
Rule 4: John Hawkins (Right Wing News ) - The Short, Sweet Three Step Guide For Brand New Conservative Bloggers
1) Take the time to see what else is out there and then do something different — enough so that you will stand out.
2) Reach out, link, meet people, market, use social media and try to cross-post as much as possible. It doesn’t matter how good you are if you can’t get anyone’s attention.
3) You don’t build an audience overnight. Be consistently and persistently good over a long enough period of time to draw eyeballs.