Can We Move the Needle?

So, the mid-terms are over.  Pelosi or some other moonbat will be obstructing the House and raving on the front page of the Times and Post for the next two years.  Soon the Democrat candidates for the 2020 race will begin foaming at the mouth.  Nothing legislative will happen for the next two years, except approval of presidential appointments in the Senate and the budget farce to produce continuing resolutions from both bodies of the Congress.  President Trump has his work cut out and will have to use all his wits and resources to clean up the Justice Department and remove as many illegal aliens from the country as he can.

What should we be doing?  It seems to me we need to make some progress on our own.  There’s all kinds of talk about building our own platforms and I agree with that idea.  But it seems there’s more talk than building going on.  Well, in the spirit of being part of the solution I’ve been putting my money where my mouth is.  I’ve been investing in advertising on various conservative sites.  I’ve used both an advertising company and also contacted directly with a couple of sites that place the ads directly.  And I will say that although the company that can put your ads on big sites like Drudge gets lots of traffic the direct advertising gets plenty of traffic too and is a good value on a per click basis.  I plan to continue investing in advertising and also attempt to broaden my content by partnering with other writers who have similar points of view to my own.  As an experiment I requested some content from one of our viewers last week and thought the results were excellent.  I think providing a broader range of content, including non-political subjects is a necessity if I intend to grow the site.  I also intend to start running contests to encourage more comments and participation.  As an example I am accumulating all these paperback books from the sf&f reviews I’ve been doing.  I could bundle some of these and make them a prize for some contest.  And similarly, for a photographic contest I can make some camera equipment a prize.

Basically I’d like to expand the site to build up a community of people mostly on the right who enjoy the experience of communing with like-minded individuals on subjects that they enjoy.  Not to be grandiose, but it can be a social media locale on a much smaller scale than a Facebook but with a lot more satisfaction in the interactions.  And I don’t minimize the probability that I’ll run into the usual problems with trolls and cyber-attacks that go along with anything on our side of the political divide.  But I think it’s important to actually make the effort to get going on it.  Talk is cheap.  Organizing is a lot of talk but it’s also time and money and I’m encouraged already that with a little bit of both I’m already seeing some results.

Thanksgiving.  Short work week and then the Thursday and Friday family gatherings.  I expect posts may be a little sparse those two days.  But most folks will be equally busy with their own doings.  As a consolation I’m off most of next week and will use up all of that turkey and pumpkin pie typing away feverishly at OCF content.

Here’s to hoping 2019 will be the year when the right starts doing its own thing and stops waiting for the government to do it for us.  Here’s hoping that the New Year will start to look like a new world.  But it will only happen if we ourselves individually make it happen in large and small ways.

Stay tuned.

9 thoughts on “Can We Move the Needle?

    • November 20, 2018 at 11:04 am
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      Tyler, that would be excellent. You can send me an e-mail at ( orionscoldfire at charter dot net ) and we can talk about what you’d like to write. And non-politics is also encouraged. Lightening things up is never a bad idea. The world is grim enough.

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  • November 20, 2018 at 8:13 pm
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    As you know I’ll be writing my so-called manifesto on what I believe is the basis, or lack thereof, for all liberals stances. This may take me some time but the wait will be worth it. I applaud your efforts and welcome the opportunity to contribute to this worthy conservative outlet.

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    • November 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm
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      Chip, I look forward to your manifesto. In the meantime any other human interest articles are also welcome. War Pig had his stories about General Patton and service members in general are welcome to share interesting stories about that world. And don’t limit yourself to that. I do book and movie reviews but if music is your specialty a review of a concert or a CD is also valuable. Whatever interests you may also interest others. If you have an idea let me know and we can set up a corner for it.

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      • November 20, 2018 at 8:36 pm
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        I think a review of ‘So I married an ax murderer’ is overdue. Head! Pants! Now!!!

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        • November 20, 2018 at 8:39 pm
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          Make it so!

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        • November 20, 2018 at 8:51 pm
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          She was a thief
          You gotta believe
          She stole my heart and my cat.

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  • November 20, 2018 at 8:14 pm
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    Oh and have a great Thanksgiving! I am out of the office until next week.

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    • November 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm
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      Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy.

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