Sorry for the silence today. I’ve been running about (a) creating posts for Mr. Conservative and (b) dealing with a chronic knee problem. (Thankfully, surgery will fix it.)
I’ve found writing for Mr. Conservative quite fascinating. It’s very different from the stream-of-consciousness posting I do here, where I latch onto anything I find interesting and then just see where it takes me.
Mr. Conservative is a breaking news site that’s shaped around giving the people what they want: they want very current stories, they want stories about guns and the military, they want stories about school craziness, and they want other “newsie” stuff that has a conservative slant. They are not interested in the “inside politics” posts that many in the conservative blogosphere find so fascinating.
It’s actually great to discover this new world because it explains a lot about what’s going on in the street, away from our obsession with political details. We who care about the sausage-making aspect of politics know what we politicians to do, or not do, but we forget that most voters don’t care about politics per se. They care about the effect politics has on their lives — and in the conservative world, they don’t like it when the Obama government tells them what to do. To them, the gamesmanship behind the results is dull.
I’m therefore learning how to make a “gotcha” first paragraph, how to front-load a post with all the pertinent stuff, and how to put the interesting (to me) stuff at the back-end, next page, for anyone who has enough interest to follow through. I’m also learning how to work a very nice WordPress interface, and that’s fun too. The one thing that I’m still struggling with his making catchy headlines. Mine still sound like treatise titles for people studying Atlantic fishing patterns in the mid-19th century.
It’s funny — Cyrus is quite young, but he has more sechel about the internet, blogging, and information dissemination in the new media than just about anyone I’ve ever seen. He’s also got raw courage, because he’s willing to put himself on the line in terms of time and commitment based upon his faith in himself and his ideas. Speaking as a lifelong wage slave, I admire that.
I’m heading back to putting up fresh content on Mr. Conservative. When it overlaps with stuff I like to blog about in my beloved Bookworm Room, I’ll share it with you. In the meantime, please enjoy yourself here with an open thread.Email This Post To A Friend
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