sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

July 21, 2011

Blogs Are Like Bands

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 5:38 pm

No One of any Import commented on my previous entry re John Hawkins’s piece on the impending slow death of conservative blogosphere:

My original pledge to myself was one post a week, and lately I’ve been slowing down to that speed.

Huh!  When I started blogging, I thought maybe I’ll post once a week, but make it a very well though-out post.  I’ve been able to do about 2-3 post a week, although considering that this very post is a follow up on something I wrote just a few days ago, my blog is not that well thought-out.  Oh well.

I like reading and writing, and neither one of these activities is required to be a mother, which happens to be my occupation.  So if I have a minute, I blog.  Most of my entries are a few short paragraphs, pretty much the max for a mom of two young children.  If I have an idea that takes longer than a few paragraphs to write, it will take me considerably longer to finish writing.  I’ve done a few longer posts, and I’m working on several at the moment.  It’s fun.

Always on Watch commented:

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

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

To me personally blogging provides an important relief, but I wouldn’t describe bloggin in purely therapeutic terms.  Blogging is a form of political activism, although in and of itself it would accomplish nothing.  Blogging is where like-minded individuals vet their ideas.  There would be no organizing on twitter and facebook if bloggers weren’t there to develop a line of thought with which to organize.  Unlike venting, being a part of a conversation that feeds into a larger political movement is empowering.

Plus, facebook is contaminated with all sorts of nonsense, and tweeting is reserved for one-liners.  One-liners can be fun, but conservative philosophy will not be sustained by one-liners.  And while many of us identify as bloggers, I’m yet to meet anyone who identifies as a facebooker or a tweeter… well, maybe Anthony Weiner does.  I might sign up with facebook and twitter at some point, but right now I feel like neither is worth my time.

Citizen Tom says:

If your sole measure of success is the number of hits, then you will usually be disappointed if you don’t blog for commercial 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.

I’d like to figure out how to get some walking around money while doing what I like, but I mainly want to keep doing what I like.  And meeting people I would never meet in “real life”.  However, blogging is not like stamp collecting or amateur  carpentry because bloggers have a different sense of purpose.  We are doing it to influence the direction of our country, if not to change the world.

Conservatives on Fire says:

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.

Which brings me to the title of the post.  Blogs are kind of like bands, but for the middle age.  The big ones are often overblown, but there are plenty of cool small ones.  Find them and keep in touch, and pretty soon you have a scene.  Some of the blogs may “make it”, some might end up ripped off, and as Hawkins says, bloggers are not very good with the business part of it.  Hawkins doesn’t think that a small blog can go on for a long time, but underground bands manage to stick around.  Arguably many of them need to quit because rock-n-roll is for the young.  Writing, on the other hand, only gets better with age.  Who history will remember is anyone’s guess.  A blog might generate a mere 10,000 hits, but every reader may go out and start their own blog.

geek band

No, that's not your typical conservative blogger. That's a guy from a geek band Weezer, who, I gather, are pretty big, and who I have no idea who they are.

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle when there are so many blogs already, but people are always on the lookout for a good new blog.  Zilla says:

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.

Zilla’s blog is doing well, and deservingly so.



  1. You have to write for yourself. You never know who you might influence and where that might lead. Venting is good sometimes, too.

    Comment by Harrison — July 21, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  2. I am housebound with young kids (and currently no car) so blogging IS my activism, and I have been able to have an impact. When my blog was barely a month old, my sitting Congressman (a far left radical corruptocrat) attacked me publicly because I endorsed his opponent. Well I had no choice then but to expose him for the anti-free speech tyrant that he is, and in the end, he lost his bid for re-election, and my little blog played a huge role in making that happen.

    I have used my blog to inform people of important things that they might otherwise be unaware of, so while I am unable to go to TEA parties or protests, or even town hall meetings (except for the ones my local politicians now do via conference call), I am able to be politically active and make a difference from right here at home.

    Comment by zillaoftheresistance — July 22, 2011 @ 5:13 am

  3. Like garage bands. I like that. I’ve also mentally compared my blog buddies to pen pals. Regardless, it is fun. Especially for somebody like me, who loves crafting essays and loves reading other people’s handiwork. I’m gonna go read Zilla’s stuff now. I’ve seen her around for awhile now, so it’s high time.

    Have a great weekend ya’ll!


    Comment by nooneofanyimport — July 22, 2011 @ 8:44 am

  4. Indeed we do become like bands or maybe support groups. that is a good thing. I have learned so much from the blogs I follow and hopefully a few have picked up a little at my humble site. I have even had my mind changed a time or two and that is healthy. Sometimes bloggers get down and frustrated because they think they are only talking to the choir or the converted if you will. But that is not true. Every blog site gets many more hits than comments from their regular followers. These hit come via the search engines and we can only assume that these people are not necessarily part of the choir. What influence did we have on these anonymous visitors we will never know; but we did have influence however so small it might have been. That is a good thing! So bloggers keep on blogging, you may be doing more good than you know.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — July 22, 2011 @ 10:53 am

  5. If blogs are like bands, I better not be the Starlight Vocal Band!

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — July 22, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

  6. true hun but writing is a form of activism..and ya never know whom u motivate!

    Comment by Angel — July 22, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

  7. “I like reading and writing, and neither one of these activities is required to be a mother, which happens to be my occupation. So if I have a minute, I blog. Most of my entries are a few short paragraphs, pretty much the max for a mom of two young children. ”

    AMEN. Would write more, but being summoned. ; )

    Comment by pjMom — July 22, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

  8. I have to agree with the point that blogging can be activism. Any organization or movement has to be able to get it’s message out. Blogs are doing just that.

    Comment by Matt — July 23, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    • If your definition of ‘activism’ stretches to ‘exposing the country’s leaders for the incompetent idiots that they are, but with laughs’, then I am (from time to time) an activist.

      Comment by Gregoryno6 — July 26, 2011 @ 6:56 am

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