Blogging For Freedom
The founding fathers knew the last protection against an overreaching government was the freedom to speak freely against the government itself without risk or fear of being accused of seditious treason. They also knew this right needed to be available to all equally, and not only to a particular group of people.
Ned Ryun, founder of American Majority wrote
Between the years of 1760 and 1776, over 400 pamphlets were written, published and distributed throughout the American colonies. Many of the pamphlets were written by laymen and dealt with inherent rights, the role of government, freedom, liberty, and even the right for the colonists to be an independent people. Those pamphleteers sowed the seeds of freedom in the minds of the American people. In 1815, John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson about those pamphleteers:
What do we mean by Revolution? The war? That was no part of the Revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The Revolution was in the minds of the people. The pamphlets, newspapers in all the colonies, ought to be consulted during that period to ascertain the steps by which the public opinion was enlightened and informed . . .
The convenience of relying on "professional" reporter, newspapers, broadcast news and other forms of news publication is now plagued with bias and can no longer be trusted, for the most part. So it is now up to the people to fill this "free speech" void. We have the right to speak and publish freely, to scrutinize the authority of government. With today's technology, it has become very easy to do. If you are uncomfortable with putting your name on things, there are strategic and credible ways to present your findings without exposing your identity as well.
What Is A Blog?
A blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style. Wordpress is a free software tool and user interface that people frequently use to ceate their website blog. A website can have what is called static “pages” where the content typically does not change or a dynamic “posts” whose content frequently changes. It is common place to call a website a blog when the home page is filled with posts that are regular and frequent. A website whose home page typically does not change is often referred to as a website. In essence a blog is a website with a purpose that is dynamic in nature because the webmaster frequently adds content posts.
This is the last frontier in the battle to preserve our founding ideals and principles that were bestowed upon us in the founding of our country. Today we have tools to shine the light on what's wrong in our government and media, and teh ability to proclaim the message loud and clear to our fellow Americans.
- Colorado Peak Politics (right leaning)
- (left leaning)
- The Drudge Report (conservative national)
- Complete Colorado (Colorado’s Drudge
- Ed Is Watching (Education Specific)
- Mean Girlz (Call to Action)
- Revealing Politics (Video Blog)
- Caleb Bonham (Activist Blog)
Not only can a blog be a website, but it can be a YouTube Channel, A Facebook Page, or a Twitter Feed. Let’s use Caleb as an example. In addition to his website, he has:
Events Lacking Mainstream Media Coverage
- Candidate Forums
- Town hall meetings
- County Board Meetings
- City Council Meetings
- School Board Meetings
- Campaign Events
- Local board and zoning meetings
How To Report The News
- Show Up - Just attending meetings have been known to force elected officials to modify their behaviors, especially with a video camera in hand.
- Know The Law - Colorado has open meeting and open record laws. The Sunshine law defines your right to attend and record pubilc meetings.
- Record It -
- Publish It -
- Distribute It -
Tips & Tricks
- Register your own blog domain url (www.myblog.com) at GoDaddy.com - this will help your blog be seen more on the Internet by increasing the search engine optimization (SEO) It may cost you around $20 a year.
- A good blog post is about 300 words long and contains 3 to 4 links to sources that give credibility to your story.
- If you want your post to get some love from Google search, you need to name your post properly. A post titled "Some Crazy Things Happening At The Capitol" will not get you noticed. Instead, title the post "Parental Rights in Schools Denied By Legislators."
- Write your blogs about a specific topic. There are tons of people talking about Congress,so instead, talk about the local school board. Become a subject matter expert and use your blog to write about that one topic. Become the go-to source for all things on that topic.
- Be frequent and consistent. Don't do a blog for a week or two and then stop. Blog several times a week at minimum;one a day is even better. If stretched for time, find 2 to 3 like-minded people and have them post once a week on your site. You will only drive traffic to your blog if the site is constantly updating with new information.
- Sign up for google alerts to be notified on a specific topic or person or issue. Don't got search for the news when goolge can send the news to your inbox.
- To drive traffic to a blog that cetners on the local city council, go to the next city council meeting, speak during public comment, ask intelligent questions, and then announce your blog will be covering the goings on of city council.
- Be original, respect copyrights, and do not plagerize. When you use pictures, use your own, or you can search for stock photos which may be free or come with a minimal fee.
Contact us if you have any questions or need assistance with the technology or setting up your blog. The social media is free. You can setup a blog for free as well, but the more features and controls you desire, the more costs you may incur.