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    Is there a place for me?

    Is there a place for me?

    Apparently not, according to John Hawkins, The slow, painful death of the independent, conservative blogosphere:

    Sure, there were a few outliers that took off: Hot Air, Redstate, and the Breitbart empire for example, but most conservative blogs have either grown insignificantly, stayed the same size, or even shrank. Most bloggers on the right side of the blogosphere haven’t increased their traffic significantly in years. Moreover, the right side of the blogosphere as a whole is definitely shrinking in numbers as bloggers that have had trouble getting traction are quitting and fewer and fewer bloggers are starting up new blogs….

    Bloggers have asked me: So what’s the strategy to deal with this?

    Really, it’s simple: Get big or go home.

    Find a way to dramatically increase the size of your blog, expand into multiple websites that together are big, hook up with someone who’s already big, or accept that there isn’t much of a future in a small, niche market for you. Maybe that sounds a little grim, but unless something changes, independent conservative bloggers who haven’t already made it big don’t have a bright future.

    I’m not sure this is strictly a right-blogosphere problem.  A while ago I posted about similar complaints from the left-blogosphere, although I can’t seem to locate my post.

    It’s tough out there, folks.  Just one guy (with some help) spitting into the wind of blogospheric reality.


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    mbabbitt | July 19, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I like your blog a lot. It’s crisp with clear opinion, intelligent,relevant, and with a good sense of humor.

    I read YOU way more than anything from John Hawkins, so in my eyes, YOU are the big important blogger, not him.
    I linked to your post here:
    Keep up the great work, Professor, you are mighty!

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