Happy 6th Blogiversary, ST blog!

Posted by: ST on October 4, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Can you believe I forgot my own anniversary? :o

It was 6 years ago this past Saturday that I decided to start blogging my thoughts on the issues of the day, primarily as a result of being disgusted – once again – with the liberally biased nature of our mainstream media. My first post was a defense of Rush Limbaugh during the controversy over the comments he made about Donovan McNabb, and 6 years later, I’m still hammering the mainstream media because they’ve only gotten worse.

I don’t have the highest traffic numbers, and don’t have the highest number of linkers back, but the longer you blog, the more you realize that it’s not about the amount of attention and/or accolades you may receive, but instead about making your voice heard, whether you have a gigantic audience or not. It’s about getting the word out, whether 2 million people are hitting your site a day or 2,000. Just one person reading what you have to say can be influenced to your side of the debate, or inspired enough to get involved for the first time. Not only that, but intrepid bloggers oftentimes do the digging that the mainstream media won’t do, finding out things about certain movers and shakers in Washington, DC whose shady, questionable pasts would otherwise continue to stay swept under the rug. Others in the blogosphere have made it their life’s mission to painstakingly document the liberal bias alive and well in the mainstream media. There are many more niches covered in the blogosphere as well; it would be impossible to mention them all here.

From time to time I get first-time bloggers emailing me asking me for advice, and what I tell them is, more than anything else, they must remember to stay true to who they are and their respective beliefs. I tell them to not join in with the chorus if they feel differently about an issue than most people do, but at the same time don’t be purposely contrarian and deliberately provocative just for the hell of it. Conservatives are contrarian provacative by nature, simply due to the fact that what they say typically goes against the conventional wisdom about things like “cultural norms” and political correctness. There’s no need for juicing up provacation; we can, have, and will continue to do fine provoking the status quo just being ourselves. And there’s also no use in trying to “be like” another blogger. Be yourself. You’ll be much happier and more fulfilled as a blogger in the long run. Just trying to be like someone else won’t get you anywhere. Readers and other bloggers alike appreciate uniqueness and individuality, not just someone in it to solely be a “me, too.”

I’d also like to send a shout out to one of my blogging heroes, Ed Morrissey, whose 6th blogiversary was on the same date as mine. He started out blogging at the Captain’s Quarters blog, where he worked hard and garnered a large following, and then moved to blog alongside AllahPundit at Michelle Malkin’s Hot Air blog, one of the premiere blogs in the ‘sphere. Here’s to many more, Ed!

I can’t add much more to what I’ve said in previous blogiversary posts (five, four, three, two) except a lot more thank yous to everyone who has continued to visit and support this blog, and to the newbies who have started visiting the blog in the last year and as a result made it a frequent stop in their blogosphere travels. I look forward to the next year of not only this blog growing, but myself and my readers growing together, also.

Cheers!

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  1. Bachbone says:

    Congratulations! I don’t know how you find the time (or energy) to keep it up, but am glad you do. (Maybe it’s your scrumptious weather? We’re tying down everything in preparation for winter up north here!) You’ve likely heard this before, but be sure to take time for yourself, too, and smell those proverbial roses. If you were up here, you’d be pruning them back, mulching and covering them till next spring rolls around. (Ugh! God should have let humans hibernate and bears work all winter!) Happy Anniversary, ST!

  2. TWoPolitics says:

    Keep up the good work Sister! You’re one of my faves.

    I’m a fledgling conservative blogger that felt it necessary to vent my frustrations through blogging.

    I have to admit – I feel much better these days with this purging mechanism.

    One thing is for certain, there will be the need for much venting in the coming months and years.

  3. nina says:

    Congratulations!!! Great and informative blog. Keep up the good work.Thanks.

  4. Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN Retired says:

    FAR OUT!:d
    You are one of my daily reads.
    Keep up the most excellent work.

  5. Severian says:

    Congratulations ST! :d How does a woman forget an anniversary?!?!? That’s unheard of! ;)

    Wonderful blog ST, I enjoy your commentary, you are one of the bloggers out there with their heads on straight, and you’re always a great read! Thanks for the effort, and keeping a light on for us in your comments section.

  6. proof says:

    Congratulations! And thanks for putting up with all the stuff you do to keep a great blog going!

  7. Xrlq says:

    I can believe you forgot your sixth anniversary. I forgot my third, and practically every one that followed, and have one commenter who comes back every year to call me a poor schmuck for doing so. Good on you for going a full six years before forgetting!

  8. Baklava says:

    Been reading since the first year. Thank you for what you do ST from the bottom of my heart!

    Bless you.

    Me

  9. Anthony says:

    Happy anniversary, ST! <:-p ^:)^

    It’s about getting the word out, whether 2 million people are hitting your site a day or 2,000.

    Or just 100… :">

    But they’re a quality hundred, dagnabbit! :)>-

  10. Linda F says:

    I remember Connie du Toit writing about Gideon’s 300 – the ones that we write for. Those are the ones who may listen, with half-an-ear, then walk away.

    But, later, when it’s important, they will remember what they heard. Later, when the chips are down, and they need to be able to pass on the message to others.

    We can never know just how many of our readers will remember what we write; how many will pass on the message of freedom; how many will, eventually, act.

    But, we don’t just post because of those people; we primarily post because of us. We post to remind OURSELVES of the issues; of the importance of our work; and of the values that are at stake.

  11. Elektra says:

    Congrats, Sister Toldjah! <:-p

    Your blog is one of my favs, too! Thanks for the advice.

  12. NC Cop says:

    Happy Blogivesary, S.T.!!! This was the very first blog site I began going to, all those many years ago….:d

    Keep up the good work! People like you are making more of a difference than you realize!!!!

  13. Brontefan says:

    Congratulations! I am relatively new to this blogging thing and some days your website is my only solace. Cheers!

  14. steveegg says:

    Happy blogiversary!

  15. Lorica says:

    Happy Anniversary Dear!!! >:d< Your wonderful insights have been a source of inspiration in the good times, as well as the bad. It is so hard to believe that it has been 6 years. Here is to many more, at least as many as you desire. I must confess that I fear some Beau might come and steal you from us, and then I will just cry into my green tea, and eat pistachios. =)) – Lorica

  16. Carol says:

    So glad I found you!

    Thanks for what you do.

  17. Leslie says:

    Six years! Wow! Gather those rosebuds.

    <:-p

  18. J.P. Travis says:

    As one of those first-timers you’ve advised (although I refuse to call myself a blogger – it’s my website and I’m a “columnist” dammit), let me offer my congratulations. And thanks.

  19. Carlos says:

    Sometimes I think you’re a little light, sometimes a little heavy, but you’re (almost) always right. But you are one of the few who causes people to think about what they believe and why. I, and many others, appreciate that more than you can know. Congratulations, and many more to come.

  20. As one who recently their 1st blogiversary, your comments about your own journey thus far are very encouraging.I tend to worry too much over nos of views so thanks for helping to assuage that. I only discovered your site recently but gravitate regularly. Very good job!:)

  21. EricTheRed says:

    Happy anniversary! Here’s to 6+ more years.

  22. Helen says:

    A belated happy anniversary. Many more to come. ~o)<:-p

  23. Jay says:

    Happy Bloggiversary!:)