sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

July 19, 2011

Slow Painful Death or Something

Filed under: blogging, politics — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:25 pm

John Hawkins predicts The Slow, Painful Coming Death of the Independent Conservative Blogosphere.  (Via Zilla.)  Among the reasons for the death is:

4) The market has also become much more professionalized. When I got started, back in 2001, a lone blogger who did 3-4 posts a day could build an audience. Unless your name is Ann Coulter, you probably couldn’t make that strategy work today.

Oh.  Can you make it with 2-3 posts a week?  Because if you also happened to be a mom, how can you do more?  Right now, for instance, I’m still mopping up after our early July vacation — making photo books for grandparents, etc.

keep calm amd carry on broken

DH dropped our frying pan on my coffee mug. Photoshop is a bit patchy... Why did I even bother?

On the other hand, if you are funemployed…  On the third hand, I find it difficult to follow bloggers who post more than once a day.  I do have quite a few who do on my roll, and I follow them all, as they probably know.

On a more serious note, Walter Russell Mead writes a great essay on anti-Semitism (via Instapundit), and boy do anti-Semites show up in comments!  What do they do all day, google “anti-Semitism”?  Somebody out there has a lot of time and the inclination to call themselves conservative.



  1. It’s like flies to fly paper. I think the “secret” to blogging is to have many people writing on a site so you get a lot of content. I only post an article a day… too tired for more.

    Comment by Harrison — July 19, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

  2. Thanks for linking to me! John Hawkins has it all wrong. Readership may be waning for him and his ilk of elitist cocktail party establishment snobs, but it is GROWING for the “small” right-blogs because we’ll address and explore important issues that the “big important” sites won’t touch. I’ve gotten some modest notoriety because I’m not afraid that somebody will be “offended” when I tell the truth about Obama’s repeated acts of treason and the growing threat of islamic supremacists to this country – the big blogs generally won’t touch those things or they tip toe around it. People will go to places for things that they cannot find elsewhere, and that is why the MSM and the blog snobs are circling the drain of irrelevancy.

    Comment by zillaoftheresistance — July 20, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    • Zilla,
      You are most welcome.
      There is always a place for a newcomer. Small blogs is where the most interesting things happen, whether or not the blogs make it big. Your blog is great, by the way.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 20, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  3. hey there hun..its hard to blog lots about such horrific to take time off too!:)

    Comment by Angel — July 20, 2011 @ 10:33 am

  4. Hey! My one post a day blog suits me just fine. I may not be getting 1000 hits a day but I’m not complaining. So Mister too Big To Fail blogger that, by the way, I never heard before today can go suck on a lemon.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — July 20, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  5. Wow, some food for thought, Edge.

    I too find it hard to follow blogs that have more than one post per day. Actually, I’m getting to where I circulate only about once a week anymore. My heart just doesn’t seem to be in politics, and I’m losing my enjoyment of writing/reading about it.

    Comment by Karen Howes — July 20, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

  6. People are always making predictions. Ten years latter we have to work to remember the errors.

    What will happen down the road? I don’t know for certain, let’s not confuse presentation with substance. A political presence on facebook? A blog? I prefer a blog. Some like facebook, but the idea is the same.

    So will blogs disappear or will we just call it something else? Perhaps what is relevant is that the cost of communicating to large numbers of people is cheap. So the real issues are what you have to say who wants to listen?

    It sorta depends why you blog. If your sole measure of success is the number of hits, then you will usually be disappointed if you don’t blog for commerical purposes. If it is a hobby, then if you find it an opportunity to relate with others, that should be sufficient to keep a blog going.

    Comment by Citizen Tom — July 20, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  7. Angel,
    I need time to decompress too.

    Conservatives on Fire,
    I think I saw John Hawkins’s blog before, but didn’t think much of it. This particular post is well written, although I disagree with the assumption that unless you blog makes it big it’s not worth pursuing.

    I hope you don’t quit. I’m not writing much about politics right now either. Most people are following the debt ceiling negotiations, and so do I, but I don’t feel like I have much to contribute to that discussion.

    Citizen Tom,
    I hate facebook, it seems like it’s geared to lowest common denominator. I was on facebook once… before I got tired of reading comments like “I think I’m going to CVS to buy some toilet paper” (OK, I’m exaggerating) or “Hubby I miss you so much” (not exaggerating). I should probably get a facebook account again (and twitter, too) to publicize the blog, but neither sounds fun.

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 21, 2011 @ 9:19 am

  8. Blogging is worthy for venting — no matter how small one’s readership.

    In the end, however, blogging cannot replace political activism.

    Comment by Always On Watch — July 21, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  9. I’ve heard a lot about this Hawkins article. May have to break down and read it. You are completely right, Missy, about blogging as a mom meaning a couple post a week. My original pledge to myself was one post a week, and lately I’ve been slowing down to that speed.

    I am the same way about not being able to follow folks who blog more prodigiously. And my blogroll has grown to the point that I can’t keep up with everyone the way I’d like.

    Like Karen, I can’t make the rounds everyday. I try for every other day, rotating who I visit, but really I’m spread too thin at this point.

    cheers all

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — July 21, 2011 @ 10:34 am

  10. […] Anyhoo, if Hawkins’ dire prediction bothered you even a little, Missy S has some sage advice on her coffee mug. […]

    Pingback by But I’m Already Home, John Hawkins « NoOneOfAnyImport — July 21, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  11. […] One of any Import commented on my previous entry re John Hawkins’s piece on the impending slow death of conservative blogosphere: My original […]

    Pingback by Blogs Are Like Bands « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — July 21, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

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