Pro-life blogging tips

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I just finished speaking on the Ending Abortion webcast event and said I would post my 10 quick tips on pro-life blogging, so here they are. Also, if you have any tips, please add them as comments….


1. You can set up a blog for free, or you can pay someone, but make sure your blog is as excellently and professionally done as possible. You’re not only representing yourself, you’re representing the pro-life movement.
2. Find a niche. Find a component of the pro-life movement that particularly interests you and develop that. Become an expert, the go-to person on that topic. There are hundreds of possibilities, including on the macro-level like abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, media bias, and politics; and the micro-level like 1st trimester abortions, post-abortion, a particular political figure, a particular news organization, Hollywood, a particular pro-abortion organization like Planned Parenthood or the Church of Scientology, or a geographical location like your state or county. (What is my niche? Troy Newman of Operation Rescue called me the “TMZ of pro-life blogs” the other day, which I think fits… :)
3. Think of your blog as a ministry or a mission, not as your personal ego builder. Try not to be territorial but generous. Link as often as possible to other pro-life blogs and news sources. Give credit where it’s due.
4. Blog strategically. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there. I blog perhaps 5% of what I could blog. I pray every day for God to guide me, and there are so many leads He has given me! I have to decide what topics will help us the most and damage the other side the most. I often write posts I think will demoralize the other side.
crazy hat 2.jpg5. Make it pithy. I am more of an editor than a writer. In journalism they say, “Edit until it hurts, and then edit some more.” I do. I keep honing until I get every extra word out of my post as possible. I also break up the posts with pictures and graphics, to keep people interested.
6. If you want more traffic, blog often. The simple fact is the more a person or group blogs, the more readers they get. That said, it’s better to write one solid, great post than several inane posts.
7. Cross post using social media. I post links to my stories on Twitter and Facebook.
8. Get your stories right. Check and recheck your sources. All you have is your reputation. You lose that and you lose your credibility. That said, if you get something wrong, which I certainly have despite my best efforts, be quick to apologize and retract. People forgive humbleness.
9. Get a thick skin. Get over yourself. Ultimately this is not about us, this is about saving innocent human lives. You cannot blog if you’re not willing to take shots, not only from the other side but our own side.
10. Develop a mission statement, and keep your eye on it when blogging. Mine is:

JillStanek.com will advance the pro-life issue through:
a. Pro-life apologetics
b. News dissemination related to the pro-life issue that is particularly important or has been overlooked or misrepresented by the mainstream media
c. Respectful debate

42 thoughts on “Pro-life blogging tips”

  1. Heard you on the webcast, Jill, and it was terrific. Too bad Eduardo couldn’t make it, eh? I particularly liked Jason Jones’s message. I was surprised to hear him say he thinks Hollywood now sees abortion as a devastating experience, but he’s closer to it than I am, so I’ll take his word for it.
    Great job, Jill. God bless you.

  2. Jill, Thank you for the great presentation tonight. I was one of the thousands listening in today with my wife Nancy. We are on the board of our local Life Care Center. Thank your for the Blog tips and for all you have done for the pro-life cause.
    Terry
    Burnsville, MN

  3. “I keep honing until I get every extra word out of my post as possible.”
    This is a great sentence.

  4. Thanks for the blogging tips, Jill. They’re good to keep in mind, whether you’re (speaking generally) a begginning or seasoned blogger :) As for me, I’ve been blogging for almost six years, but have a long ways to go towards improving my blog and building a regular readership (I’ve got a single regular commenter teasing me about how quiet it is over there :P )

  5. I’ve been commenting on Jill’s site for some time now. Well, it’s very hard to claim any kind of ‘expertise’ because like Jill, HisMan, MK, Bobby Bambino, Carla and many others, we share life and love … the Life and Love of He who is Truth.

  6. PLEASE, people, more blogs on local abortionists! You’re on the front lines, able to go to the courthouse and health department and do the research. Then we can create a clearinghouse of local blogs.
    Imagine if a woman is Googling the name of her local abortionist and finds a blog detailing his wrongdoing! This might dissuade her from following through on abortion appointment and save her serious injury. And every delay in going through with an abortion increases the chances she’ll bond with her baby and abandon the abortion plan entirely.

  7. Good grief, John McD, where have you been?
    Sorry Jill, but I had to laugh when I read “respectful debate”.

  8. 5. Make it pithy. I am more of an editor than a writer. In journalism they say, “Edit until it hurts, and then edit some more.” I do. I keep honing until I get every extra word out of my post as possible. I also break up the posts with pictures and graphics, to keep people interested.
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    I don’t know about this one. :D I think you’re a pretty darn good writer. :) I’ve learned a *lot* from you.

  9. Jill, we had the entire ten hours playing all day… my teen daughter was thrilled to get all of the information and is looking to form a student group at her high school.

  10. The whole conference was wonderful. I was moved to hear your story, which i had only read. It makes a difference to hear someone speak their experience.
    Kudos for Hugh Hewitt inspiring you. You have a lot of blog wisdom. I struggle with prolixity so I will be studying your pithy posts.
    I am really glad you mentioned the Church of Scientology. Its coerced abortions are unique – there is no other organization that coerces women into abortion. I hope pro-lifers will read your post on it and take the plight of these women and their babies into their hearts, prayers, and activism.
    http://www.jillstanek.com/woman-sues-church-of-scientolo.html

  11. Jill – Excellent points. I believe the most important ones are to find your niche and remain focused on your mission. Also, if one has limited time there is still a need and place in the pro-life blogging world for them.

  12. Thanks for all the comments and words of encouragement. Carder, thanks for being a great moderator and doing your best to help keep the debate respectful, which is sometimes hard, I know. Christina mentioned another great niche, focusing one’s blog on the local abortionist. She does a great job there the Real Choice blog (http://realchoice.blogspot.com/).

  13. I listened to all ten hours of Ending Abortion. I nearly fell off my chair when you mentioned the Church of Scientology coerced abortions. Thank you. I hope it helps bring these to the attention of other pro-lifers.
    The conference was magnificent. In the Culture of Death Scientology must be the Church of Death.
    Thanks again!

  14. Thanks for the plug John.
    I’ve been busy this summer getting in shape. Lost 40 pound so far and am almost as ripped as I was at 21.
    Will be at it full time again after my daughter’s wedding in August ready for the upcoming election debates.
    Love the way Sarah Palin is coming out full bore. She’s defining herself as a force to deal with….I love her.
    Thanks for the tips Jill especially the one about asking God to lead you, in my opinion, the most important tip. “Apart from Him we can do nothing”.
    God Bless everyone.

  15. “I’ve been busy this summer getting in shape. Lost 40 pound so far and am almost as ripped as I was at 21.”
    well, brag much eh? ;)

  16. Hi Jill, I heard you speak yesterday and you were beautiful. I work a lot in the pro life community and, although I write a lot, especially comments at different sites, I didn’t know how to set up my own ‘blog’ site but realized it’s something I’m called to do so I’m looking into that…we need pro life writers for sure…thanks and God bless you.

  17. Hi Jill, I heard you speak yesterday and you were beautiful. I work a lot in the pro life community and, although I write a lot, especially comments at different sites, I didn’t know how to set up my own ‘blog’ site but realized it’s something I’m called to do so I’m looking into that…we need pro life writers for sure…thanks and God bless you.

  18. Florence, welcome to the pro-life blogsphere! To help you get set up, for an easy and low-maintance blog, I recommend either Blogger or Livejournal.

  19. Thanks Rachel…I will give it a try…I want to pray about what my emphasis will be…I write a lot of political comments…especially concerning Nancy Pelosi who is so adamantly pro abortion and Joe Biden who went to Kenya and tried to convince them to allow abortion in their new constitution assuring them that if they did, the money would flow…have to admit, I’m not always pithy but I’ll try…thanks again

  20. Thanks Rachel…I will give it a try…I want to pray about what my emphasis will be…I write a lot of political comments…especially concerning Nancy Pelosi who is so adamantly pro abortion and Joe Biden who went to Kenya and tried to convince them to allow abortion in their new constitution assuring them that if they did, the money would flow…have to admit, I’m not always pithy but I’ll try…thanks again

  21. Florence, I think anything you can do to get the scandal of the U. S. pushing abortion in other countries like Kenya noticed, and get news of it out there is vital – I suspect not many in the U.S. pay any attention to it. There’s enough material about that for a whole blog, I’m sure. I’ll be praying for your work.

  22. I will do all I can to make known what our politicians are doing to advance the slaughter of innocent babies in the wombs of their mothers Lori; thanks for your prayers – you have mine. Jill, thanks for the welcome and for your wonderful blog…when i tried to respond to Lori last night, I got a message that I couldn’t as i had already posted but I’d only posted once in response to someone…are there rules I don’t know about?

  23. I will do all I can to make known what our politicians are doing to advance the slaughter of innocent babies in the wombs of their mothers Lori; thanks for your prayers – you have mine. Jill, thanks for the welcome and for your wonderful blog…when i tried to respond to Lori last night, I got a message that I couldn’t as i had already posted but I’d only posted once in response to someone…are there rules I don’t know about?

  24. “I often write posts I think will demoralize the other side.”
    I busted out laughing when I read this line. Made my day. Thanks Jill, for being a pro-life warrior!

  25. Florence, as soon as you set up your blog, tell us and post your URL here. I’ll link to you. Maybe others will too. It should give you a good start.

  26. I’m thanking God right now for you! You are doing an incredible job =) Check out abort73.com (I’m sure you have already, though).

  27. Thanks Lori-(what is a URL?)-pray that I can discern a focus/theme…that’s what I’ve been praying about. I have researched and believe that the killing of babies in the womb IS in fact closely linked in philosophy and action to the holocaust and to slavery–the diminishment of the sanctity and worth of a human being..I worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and she said that if all life is not sacred, then no life is sacred, and that a country which kills its young cannot survive…so much to condense into a simple statement…so please pray with me…and may the Holy Spirit guide us and give us wisdom and courage to fight against the genocide of humans…and to show the beauty, uniqueness and sacredness of each human life sent by the Creator with a mission…in terminating these little lives, we have terminated their unique mission and we are the poorer for it…thanks again, Lori

  28. Hi, Florence, your ideas all sound good to me; just get a strong focus. I will admit that I’m not very focused, because I blog not only about pro-life topics, but other things as well. But I think as Jill said, a strictly pro-life blog should have something unique about it. So think, pray and discern carefully. Starting from an exploration of philosophical ideas is intriguing.
    Your blog’s URL s the address. (like http://www.jillstanek.com) that people type in their browser to get to your site.
    Good luck. You can reach me at my blog by clicking on my name at the bottom of this post. my e-mail address is there.

  29. Hi Lori, I don’t see your e-mail address – mine is desertwatch333@comcast.net – today is the Feast of St. Kateri. The U.S.A.C.V. took her as our patron saint…our convocation began in Chicago today. I coulnd’t go this time…I typed your name in on Google and there were several sites that showed but not your site…I’ll look again…I am still praying about my ‘mission statement’…it will come…thanks for your prayers…

  30. Ending abortion? You anti-choicers are deluding yourselves if you think that this willk ever happen. You can’t end abortion.This is an absolite impossibility.There is no way to do this.Period.It can’t be done.
    And if you anti-choicers get your way and are able to wheedle the US government into making abortion illegal again, you will only sicceed in causing a massive increase in them.You guys never learn.And you hypodcritically support conservative politicians who consistently vote to
    gut or eliminate government programs to help the poor, which only makes the problem of abortion worse.
    Your tactics are extremely counterpodictive and your goals and expectations are totally unrealistic.There are much better ways to deal with the problem of abortion, but you foolishly reject them.

  31. You need to read Star Parker’s books “Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats”, Uncle Sam’s Plantation” and White Ghetto” excellent read Robert about how and why the welfare system enslaves America’s poor written by an A.A. woman who has been there, done that. Don’t but the lie. By the way anyone who can help her Star Parker is running for Congress in the L.A. area. Awesome post-abortive lady who came off the welfare rolls by God’s grace, started taking personal responsibility for her irresponsible and immoral actions and now is a nationally known speaker, founder of her own organization C.U.R.E. and business woman. PP LIES TO YOU. Go Star Go!

  32. So are you through with us yet, Robert Berger?? Are you done coming here to tell us how pointless our convictions are?
    I doubt it.

  33. Robert, we are not ‘anti-choicers’, we are ‘pro life’ – and we know we cannot end abortion but God can using our words and actions and prayers. And there would be no massive increase in abortions if abortion became illegal – there were never massive abortions before abortion became legal. Abortions are down since the use of ultrasound where mothers and fathers can see their preborn baby moving around in the womb which is why abortionists don’t want mothers and fathers to see this. Abortion was never to enrich the plight of women – Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood, wanted contraception and abortion to be used as a means of eliminating blacks and ‘other undesirables’, which is why abortion clinics are placed in poor neighborhoods. These are all recorded facts…Nancy Pelosi recently went on and on about her favorite word which is “The Word”, she kept repeating “The Word” and then finished up with “You know, the Word made Flesh”…but WHERE was the Word made Flesh? In the WOMB of the Virgin Mary…and God said: “BEFORE I formed you in the womb, I knew you…” Abortion is death, plain and simple – it is the extermination on a massive scale of human babies…try doing that with animals!!! I work with women who have had abortions and who grieve for the whole of their lives because they know intuitively that they allowed their baby to be killed…this destroys women, fathers, families, siblings…over 50,000 babies exterminated in the USA alone…and these would have generated millions and millions more if they had been permitted to live…we suffer because of a bad economy, health issues, poverty, homelessness, wars, etc…surely among those millions and millions of babies whose lives were ended were some who would have addressed these issues and found solutions…but we broke them and sent them back to their Creator, unwanted – and we wonder why our world is in such trouble. Mother Teresa once said that a nation that kills its young cannot survive…and we won’t unless we promote a culture of life…that respects the dignity of each and every human being, from cradle to grave.

  34. We are not anti-choice, we are pro life and no, we will not be able to stop abortion, but God will and we will work with Him to bring about a culture of life. And there would be no massive numbers of abortion if abortion became illegal…there were never massive abortions. With the use of ultrasound, more mothers are now choosing to keep their babies after seeing images of their babies kicking and moving in the womb. Abortion was never about promoting the cause of women, it was always about eliminating blacks and other ‘undesirables’ which is why most abortion facilities are placed in poor, inner city neighborhoods. Pro-choice is just saying that whether you allow the preborn baby to live or have him killed, it’s all the same. Well, it’s not…college students at the March for Life marched with tee shirts that had an image of an embryo with the words: “I too was once an embryo”…so were you, we…thank God we were allowed to live, even if we disagree.

  35. I’ve tried several times to respond to Robert’s blog but it never gets through and then I get a notice saying I’ve blogged too many times but it was the same blog just trying to get it through…anyone else have this problem?

  36. My blog The Horn is at blogiversity.org, a website which has blogs and forums on a wide variety of topics, and I cover classical music for it.
    Jut go there and look under blogs, and click on The Horn.
    Any one can register at this site to do a blog on just about anything.

  37. I apologize for the multiple duplicates-I keep making errors in sending. I said there were over 50,000 abortions done in the United States but mean 50 million. Robert, you were once an embryo, as was I – we all were. God created us in love and for love – He created us for a purpose and whatever His plan for us, it is surely for blessing and enriching His creation. Our lives will be meaningless unless we seek to know that plan, that task which He has entrusted to us and then to carry it out…in a great edifice built with stone, even the smallest pebble is important because it can shift the balance of the whole…you have a task Robert, a mission…I will pray that you find it and fulfill it…pray for me too please. Thanks.

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