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It occurred to me that if I could ask every blogger one thing, I’d ask them what they were hoping to accomplish with their blogs, and how I – or anyone else – could help them get there.
Now I realize those are tough questions to answer, so I’ve tried to break it down into several questions so that your blog readers can get info to help them help you.
This post is really the start of a meme. If you want to participate, copy the questions below and answer them in your blog, and link back to this post.
1. What do you envision your blog as doing for you? (i.e. are you working on a podcast show you want to get started? Do you just want more friends? Are you aiming to make money? etc.)
2. Where do you think your blog is at now in its state of existence? (i.e. discuss your traffic, or whether you’re doing a good job of interacting with other bloggers, etc.)
3. What has trying to get an audience on the Internet taught you?
1. A move to the extreme of one ideology or another seems to be the most effective way to influence politics.
…More authentic media is a hearkening back to our origins – this republic was not founded so only one would speak, or that only conservatives or centrists would listen as rebellion rises in front of them…
The DailyKos model is perfect in a sense: assemble the grassroots Democrats who feel unempowered, and get them to fundraise for/donate to the candidates they care for via the Internet.
Ideology and activism meet in a daily news and commentary feed that by virtue of its magnitude draws in dollars and therefore direct influence in the Democratic party. This model is being appropriated by more libertarian elements on the Right – a DailyKos for Paulians should emerge sooner or later.
2. So far, a DailyKos has not emerged on the Right – most conservatives claim this is because conservatives have “jobs.” Nor has anything emerged as genuinely centrist. The best argument for why this has not happened is the reactionary nature of conservativism and the similarly more passive nature of centrism. Both begin with someone else being “active” or positing something: they are efforts to slowly incorporate change into existing traditions, reject harmful changes, and – if push comes to shove – merely delay or avoid the costs of change. Continue reading