Hollywood legend tells us that Lana Turner, one of the great stars of the film industryâ€™s golden age, was discovered by accident, observed perched on a seat at the soda fountain. Many bloggers probably hope that something like that will happen to us. Someone just comes along and discovers our genius, and then we go on effortlessly from there to a brilliant, lucrative writing career and say things that will amaze the whole room, in Jane Austenâ€™s wry language.
Well, maybe. It can happen. But it doesnâ€™t happen often. Blogging is hard and constant work. It requires a lot of diverse skills â€“ good writing, powers of observation, a knack for timing, critical thinking, an independent mind and a host of other attributes.
But more than anything, blogging is a relationship business. The aspiring blogger lives in a community environment. We depend on others to read and hopefully like our work. We rely on their efforts to stimulate our minds and our pens. We develop and explore ideas together, debate with each other, and at times have heated arguments. In political blogging, our ultimate goal is to translate our values into action both in the information wars and actual electoral results.
Community and collaboration. No matter how brilliant our writing, we will go nowhere without grasping the fundamentals of these two key concepts. Yes, an enfant terrible or two may achieve great worldly success- money, fame, celebrity, a place next to Arianna in the pantheon of New Media divinities. But without concrete success in actually swaying public opinion, especially those elections which will determine our countryâ€™s future at this critical point in our history, thatâ€™s a nothingburger- a vanity, a cheat, an empty buzz full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Community and collaboration are central themes at Unified Patriots. We will do our best to promote these values and we want your help in keeping us on track. As concerned conservatives, our goal is to advance the cause of limited government in the service of our country. Success in that endeavor will be its own reward- a country that is free, at peace with itself and prosperous. The good company we keep here is quite a reward, too!