With the mainstream media focusing additional time and disproportionate resources in setting a news and political agenda, bloggers contribute the invaluable and unique insights and commentary that balance the liberal agenda of the coastal elite. When schedules are harrowing and time short, it is easy to fall victim to the Katie Couric/Matt Lauer/Chris Matthews/John McCain/Larry King/Oprah Winfrey/CBS News/David Letterman view of the world. As thinking people, we must always guard against permitting liberal elites from establishing the only important stories in our world. The mainstream media takes compulsory cues from the folks at The New York Times, a newspaper that often demonstrates a total disregard for significant and essential news items.
We have been engaged in a colliquy with the contributors at a wonderful blog, Perish The Thought regarding the future of blogging. Please read their posts on the matter, it is all thought-provoking and meaningful.
Here are some of the comments I have shared with these wonderful people.
I think that there will be a strong blogger influence for at least the next ten years or more. The authors and contributors might change, but it is an excellent outlet for those of us without others to listen to our constant rants on various topics.
I have only been blogging since September. Doing a good job requires more time than I can give since I work for a living. I am sure that others feel the same.
Hang in there! I have appreciated all of the support and encouragement from those at your wonderful site.
We need partners in blogging to keep everything fresh, updated, and new. I hope that Blogging does not go the way of “mood rings” and “pet rocks” from the 1970′s.
Blog on great bloggers! For those readers who get something or anything at all from our posts, it is well worth the effort.
Think of Thomas Payne printing “Common Sense” in colonial America. It is easy to imagine that he and his colleagues had their moments of doubt, questions, and confusion.
Certainly, there are many contributors in today’s blogosphere with the same raw, unscripted, authentic, and brazen ideals of Thomas Payne.
Surely, there is a small audience of readers for any well constructed blog. I appreciate and love the reader feedback as much as anyone. On the days when I have spent an entire day researching and writing, yet only 68 unique users looked at Thespis Journal, I swore to quit writing for such few people. However, I awake the next day with more ideas for articles, and more interest than ever in being a successful blogger.
I am always looking for a way to make a singular contribution that someone will think is particularly useful and insightful in its’ approach.
Some other bloggers seem to have “kissed off” and demeaned some of our best posts while others have been kind and supportive. It is as frustrating and as worthwhile as every other major undertaking in my lifetime.
There are so many great columns, blogs, video, commentary, and comedy available on the internet. I enjoy being one more reasonable voice in the American tapestry of free speech. You never know who may be reading, benefitting, disagreeing, or enjoying.
As I said earlier, Blog on great Bloggers! It is important and vital work in the great machinery of the pioneering American Spirit.