I’m convinced that the greatest destroyer of conservative blogs is a combination of some or all of the following. See if you agree, and if you can add some more reasons.
1. I’m too busy. We all can relate. ’nuff said. That’s why I’ve tried to get a multitude of writers here. One can’t do it alone. Even several can’t, unless you do this full-time and have a prolific side-kick like Smitty.
2. It’s already been done. This is a big one for me. There are many articles that are important, interesting and timely. But they’ve already been done. So I just assume that our readers here read the same sites that I read and I don’t mention the articles. Or even link to them. How hard is it to just throw down a sentence or two and try to get readers here to go read a really great post that just happened to be written by some other blogger? Here’s a great example. This is a pet peeve of mine. I’ve often said a vote for that “Blue Dog” Democrat is a vote for Pelosi and Reid and Obama. And this post just proves it.
3. The topic is not important enough. Hey, every damn post must be an important, life altering, behavior changing, epic post or it isn’t worth posting, right? Ha. I can’t tell you how often I’ve spent hours on a blog post and nobody cared. Or how often I’ve thrown out a post in mere minutes, in my usual half-assed manner, and it has gotten (what I thought was) an inordinate amount of interest. You. Just. Never. Know. Write it down and post it.
4. Nobody will read it. This is a huge de-motivator for me. They just come here for the Rule 5 pictures. We are like Playboy, but nobody has to pretend that they are here for the articles. [A little gratuitous hot babe picture, while we are on the topic…] Write it down any way.
5. Some liberal, somewhere, might get offended. Oh, for Christ’s sake, grow a pair. Sure, you might not be able to run for political office if you say that. But so what? You weren’t running anyway. (Liar, you were not.) Just say it. Chances are that millions out there agree with you. We conservatives are in the majority–it’s those candy-assed liberals who are so vocal that only make us think that nobody else agrees with us. Say it! You can always apologize later.
6. Lack of discipline. Go to Linkiest and study how John Hawkins does it. Every day, rain or shine, come hell or high water, John has new links up for his readers. (Except for week ends, and I’ve already bitched about that elsewhere.) If he has to go on vacation, he gets a bud to fill in for him. Readers have come to expect such Excellence, and they are rewarding him with ever-increasing blog stats. Ditto Doug Ross at Director Blue and Daley Gator. Just “get ‘er done,” then you can go on to your real life. Your readers depend on you.
7. I’m embarrassed that my stuff isn’t as good as Bob Belvedere’s, or as thoughtful as Citizen Tom’s or The Classic Liberal’s, I’m no Ace of Spades or Allahpundit, etc., blah blah blah. Write it anyway, we’ll decide what is and isn’t worth reading. You never know. If you self-censor yourself, you could be depriving us of some really important idea.