The Politico yesterday that really impacted me. Entitled, "GOP lags on the Internet frontier," it was also about social conservatives lagging behind social liberals on the blogosphere:
But Patrick Ruffini, the former e-campaign director for the Republican National Committee (and briefly an adviser to the Rudy Giuliani campaign), argues that there's a deeper problem on the Republican side of the online equation.
He notes that conservatives don't lack for their own YearlyKos, as thousands of right-wingers have been gathering for years at the annual CPAC conference. And he argues that in sheer traffic terms, sites like the Drudge Report and Free Republic still outdraw their left-wing competitors - which is true....
To Ruffini, the Republican problem online is rooted in an older culture that has stopped innovating and has failed to embrace the sort of cooperative networking practices and freewheeling activism that collectively has produced so much new energy on the Democratic side.
"Drudge has made clear he disdains blogs," Ruffini writes on his blog. "The site looks the same as it did in 1997.... There is no interactivity on Drudge. You go there, read, refresh, and that's it." As for Free Republic, Ruffini points to a whole set of things the site's owners have done that have stifled the formation of a vibrant community.
"The founders made the decision that they were going to hoard as much traffic on their servers as possible.... Early on, links to blogs were verboten. If you expressed your own opinion when starting a thread, that was a 'vanity' and it was frowned upon. And fundraising for candidates was strictly forbidden, except for those pet causes approved by [the site's owner].... What lessons did our activists learn from this? Freepers, who were our best online activists, never learned how to swarm to other sites, to take different kinds of actions and to raise money for conservative candidates."
I realized these authors are right. I peruse pro-abort blogs often, looking for fodder and to simply read their diaries, and I've noticed they often link to one another's posts and congratulate or add additional thoughts to them.
I also noticed when reading Hugh Hewitt's book Blog a couple years ago, when I was trying to get a handle on all this, that he was very generous with links and accolades to other bloggers. And he is a very successful blogger, as is Michelle Malkin, who also links a lot
I haven't checked other pro-life blogs very often because I haven't had time. It's hard to keep up on news and what pro-aborts are up to, never mind read what your own people are saying.
But I decided to clean up my blogroll this morning - add a couple and delete those that were defunct or stale - and I read lots of good stuff in the process.
So I'm working on posting an entry every day or two or three that spotlights noteworthy posts from other blogs.
With that in mind, do you have a favorite pro-life blog you'd like to pass along?
I'm also interested in knowing which pro-abort blogs you read.
Jill honey, I must wonder why you have the time let alone the interest in reading blogs.Posted by: Sally at August 15, 2007 5:21 PM
Sally, honey, I must wonder why you have the time, let along the interest, in posting here at Jill's blog?
Are you JIll?Posted by: Sally at August 15, 2007 5:46 PM
Bethany, likewise.Posted by: Heather4life at August 15, 2007 5:49 PM
I'm flattered to see I'm still in the blogroll. I was gonna suggest Jivin' J but you have him there already. Ditto The Dawn Patrol and Generations for Life.
I typically just check the Blogs for Life. I dont' read proabortion blogs. They make me too depressed and angry.Posted by: Christina at August 15, 2007 5:53 PM
My favorite right-to-life blog--the one that best expresses the essence of the right-to-life movement--is http://www.streetpreach.comPosted by: SoMG at August 15, 2007 6:18 PM
Posted by: SoMG at August 15, 2007 6:34 PM
John Britton is pushing up daisies.Posted by: Heather4life at August 15, 2007 6:37 PM
why?Posted by: Heather4life at August 15, 2007 6:52 PM
why?Posted by: Heather4life at August 15, 2007 7:11 PM
dude you are kinda creeping me out.Posted by: prettyinpink at August 15, 2007 7:16 PM
what I notice at the left-wing blogs is that many of them hate America, plus they use nasty language and don't seem to be nice people at all.
I don't blog all that much besides here...but I like to read drudge, newsbusters and worldnetdaily and a car maintence site for fixing volvos.. (I have a '97). I found Jill's site through WND.
some pro-abort sites (there mostly left-wing sites but they often have posts regulary on the beauty of abortion). I've been banned at the first 2 below for dissenting too much.
Posted by: jasper
at August 15, 2007 7:22 PM
I have checked out a few conservative blogs (and other conservative pro-life blogs) and have found them to be pretty boring. It is clear to me that a lot of conservatives donít like to sit around and blog about garbage. They are serious people that are probably embarrassed by all the name calling and general ad hominem that goes along with blogging. Iíll bet after a few hours of it they start to realize it is beneath them. Liberals donít seem to notice or care.
Conservatives have all these weird hang-ups like; telling the truth, they also stopped thinking the ďfĒ word was cool when they were still teenagers, and they cringe when they realize their money is being spent holding the liberal participants garbage in the blogosphere.Posted by: Joe at August 15, 2007 9:32 PM
I love Dawn Eden.
I read the major feminist blogs, which basically equates pro-abortion because, while they claim they are about every issue, apparently abortion is worthy enough to be contained in 45% of their posts.
I also take in BushvChoice when I have writer's block.Posted by: Nathan Sheets at August 15, 2007 9:49 PM
Cute, Joe.Posted by: prettyinpink at August 16, 2007 1:49 AM
During the South Dakota campaign over Referred Law 6, www.cleancutkid.com was an extremely important place to check out. It's heavily pro-abortion, and the commenters are mostly adults who failed to grow out of childish schoolyard taunts....but its constant updating was something people on both sides of the issue were looking for.
Sadly, its no longer being updated.Posted by: Phil at August 16, 2007 4:16 AM
Speaking of, I just found this lovely poem on the blog of author Barbara Curtis (http://www.mommylife.net/archives/2007/08/when_a_child_di.html):
A Child Loaned
I'll lend you for a little time
A child of Mine," He said,
"For you to love the while she lives,
And mourn for when she's dead.
It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call her back,
Take care of her for Me?
She'll bring her charms to gladden you,
And should her stay be brief,
You'll have her lovely memories
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.
I've looked this wide world over
In My search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you;
Now will you give her all your love,
Not think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call
And take her back again?"
I fancied that I heard them say,
"Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter her with tenderness,
We'll love her while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for her
Much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.
- Edgar A. Guest
Barbara suggested it would also be good to share with someone who'd had a miscarriage. She is pro-life, and a conservative Christian, though I think she's moved all of her "political" posts to http://themizreport.comPosted by: Michelle at August 16, 2007 11:39 AM
Christina, I just checked. It doesn't look like blogsforlife.com is still being updated. Or do I have the wrong address?
Nathan, which feminist blogs?
Phil, thanks anyway!
Jasper, thanks, will check.
All, thanks for thoughts.Posted by: Jill Stanek at August 16, 2007 1:43 PM
Am jumping in late, just saw this blog entry and the question posed. Jill, are you still taking suggestions, may I still make some suggestions?Posted by: Rachael at August 16, 2007 8:55 PM
Here's a list of my favorite Blogs for Life:
A View From the Sidewalks
Insights from the view of sidewalk counselors
Post-abortion healing resources, medical research, and discussions on physical and emotional post-abortion and related issues, authored by two post-abortion women
The Big Blue Wave Canada
Focuses on the pro-life movement and right to life issues in Canada.
Of course, The Dawn Patrol
Forest Nymph aka Birth Story
Keeps up-to-date with pro-life news, but also a great source for links to pregnancy resources, single parenting, adoption information, abortion information, post-abortion healing, and pro-life organizations and blogs
Thoughtfully and well written, but not very frequently updated
Thoughtfully and well written blog focusing on right-to-life issues, stem-cell research, and features friday cat blogging
Live Journal Feminists for Life Community
Discuses feminism, right to life issues, gender equality, violence against women, etc
Live Journal Right to Life Community
Discusses right to life issues
My Choice, His Life
Pro-life news, statistics, stories, and personal ventings, written by a nursing student and mother who's suffered miscarriages as well as difficult pregnancies which she chose to continue, despite difficult odds.
The Pro-Woman Pro-Lifer
Written with a new prespective on pro-life matters, she writes on abortion, unplanned pregnancy, and birth control matters, but rather than focusing on the politics surrounding the issue, she prefers to focus on the woman and the circumstances surrounding the crisis pregnancy.
Christina discusses right to life issues as well as exposing poor medical practices in the abortion industry with a continous list of pre and post-legalization abortion deaths.
The S.I.C.L.E. Cell
Ashli has suffered from hyperemisis gravidarum during all of her pregnancies, and was pressured into a late-term abortion by a lack of treatment options, her doctor, and support persons during one of the pregnancies. She regrets her abortion and has been grieving her loss. Now she is adamently pro-life and writes on right to life issues as well as reflections on her abortion and loss on a regular basis.
Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Another blog written from the views of sidewalk counselors.
Of feminist or pro-choice blogs I read?
I do read Feministing, because when they're not whinning about abortion rights being taken away or attacking straw-men pro-lifers they've created, they do cover some pertenent issues which are close to my heart (body images in the media, violence against women, discrimination in the workplace, etc)
For a laugh at poorly written arguments and ad-hominem attacks, I check out the Sluts4Choice Community over at Livejournal
Posted by: Rachael
at August 16, 2007 9:47 PM
Rachael, thank you very, very much. I'm trying to bulk up my list of good pro-life sites. And actually, I had a brainstorm this morning to list pro-abort sites, too. What the heck? So thanks again. I'll check these out.Posted by: Jill Stanek at August 17, 2007 1:17 PM
Not really a blog, but a good resource for folks interested in sidewalk counseling: Children Deserve BirthPosted by: Fredi D'Alessio at August 18, 2007 3:35 PM
Vote Life, Canada:
Another good Canadian pro-life blog.Posted by: SUZANNE at August 20, 2007 9:58 PM
Try Birth Pangs:
The concept behind this satirical blog is that pregnancy should be regulated. Just like abortion shouldn't be regulated, they think pregnancy shouldn't be regulated either.
Well, that's how it started out, anyway.
Now they do both satirical and "serious" blogposts.
It's pro-aborts galore. They often gather fodder from SoConBlogs.com, the Canadian social conservative aggregator. So if you follow both, you can know what the deal is. They've satirized me, too.
Have fun. It'll give you a lot to write about.
Posted by: SUZANNE
at August 20, 2007 10:17 PM