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Netbook Giveaway: Congratulations Megan!

After over a month of taking entries, the first monthly contest for Conservative Journal Deluxe members has come to a close and lucky deluxer Megan R. is the recipient of the Asus netbook!  With that contest coming to a close, it’s time to gear up for the next Conservative Journal Deluxe contest.  More details on that will be available during the week, but I’ll start taking entries now.

Remember, all you have to do to enter the monthly giveaway is become a Conservative Journal Deluxe member.  To find out how to do that, click here.  As with the last contest, Following @TCJournalUpdate and becoming a fan of The Conservative Journal on Facebook will count as 1 additional entry each.

Check back for more details!

Gook luck and thank you to all who participate!

If you have any questions, please ask!  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

Also, Deluxe Membership is now available, click here to join for free and you could win a brand new netbook!

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Rick

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Hi Rick, Welcome Back

Hey everyone, sorry for the long absence.  I wish I had a great story to share, but unfortunately I got nothing.  What they say about blogging is true: Once you get in a routine of posting, if you even miss ONE DAY then it’s all over.  I’m the perfect case study for that one.

Just to get this out of the way:  The giveaway is still on.  I didn’t go into hiding to avoid shipping off a brand new netbook on the 31st.  The netbook is sitting in my closet ready to go, actually.  Even though I haven’t been here since the beginning of the month, you can be sure the winner will be notified on the 31st and the announcement will be made the following day.

Now, on to the state of this blog.  I love blogging, and I really want to be able to post as often as I did throughout August and September. That was a lot of fun and I got to meet a lot of great people.  Having said that, I have about zero time to do so.  I need a long break from everything (Christmas couldn’t come sooner) so I can have some time to refuel because when I get home in the afternoon, no matter what I did during the day, I’m just fried.  So here’s the game plan:  I’m going to try to post when I can.  That, however, fluctuates so much that I can’t be consistent and that’s not fair to the (few) people who try and follow this blog.  So, in order to fix that problem I’m looking for someone(s) who would be interesting in posting on the blog as well.  I’d be willing to give you the freedom to write stories about whatever you want; news, entertainment, sports, politics, it’s really just whatever.  So if you or anyone you know would be interested in that please e-mail me at theconservativejournal@gmail.com and I’ll give you more details from there.  Until then, hopefully I’ll be able to post some because I’m starting to have withdrawals.

Thanks for your patience while I work through all of this!

Rick

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The 9/12 Project: Don’t Forget to Tune-in Today, and If You or Someone You Know is Going, Let Me Know!

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The 9/12 Project Logo

Last March, Glenn Beck told viewers of the 9/12 project, the 9 principals and 12 values that we have forgotten.  Today, all the efforts of the 912 project will cap off with rallies across the country, as well as a 2-hour Fox News Special hosted by Glenn Beck at the Washington rally.

If you or somone you know will be attending the rallies, let me know!  If you (or the person you know at the rally) would be interested in doing an e-mail interview about the rally, let me know.  I couldn’t make it the rally, but I’d love to write a post about the experience from the eyes of someone that was their.  Thanks for any that will participate!

If you or someone you know would be interested in doing an e-mail interview about the 9/12 Rally, e-mail me at theconservativejournal@gmail.com!

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Rick

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Blogging Tip: How NOT To Increase Your Readership

You see post after post of “How To Get More Blog Readers” and “Increase Your Ad Revenue by 500% In a Week!”, but you never see a post about how NOT to increase your readership.  This post is going to be short, because in the 11 months I’ve been blogging, about 10 minutes ago is the first time I’ve learned a lesson in how not to blog:

Do. Not. Over. Tag. Your. Posts.

WordPress blogs are greater than all other hosted blogs.  Reason?  Well, once you get past WordPress’s generally awesomeness, it’s the fact that WordPress.com gives you a great tool to publicize your blog through tags and categories.  For those not familiar with tags, here’s an easy-to-understand definition:  words or short phrases that describe your post.  You simply type them into the “Post Tags” line next to an under-construction WordPress post and SHAZAM!  Your post is now at the top of the listing for each tag you typed in.

This feature is no doubt a huge assets to starting bloggers, and veteran bloggers alike.  When I started my blog, I saw this feature and took notice of its great power.  In my excitement, I decided I should harness the full power of WordPress tags by taggingeach post with nearly every word included in the post, plus some general tags like “Politics”, “News”, “Entertainment”, etc.  This went on for about 11 months (meaning from blog startup until a few minutes ago).  I was surfing the “Education” tag category to catch up on the latest opinions about Barack’s big speech today and I noticed that my grade-A post wasn’t listed anywhere on the listing.  Of course I had tagged “Education” to the post.  So I looked around and it finaly dawned on me that there COULD be a tag limit.  I thought about it and I realized that no one else ever used a trillion tags but me; I guess I just thought I was the only one that caught onto that trick.  I decided to post my question in the forums and was promptly given a response by a great forum member (Raincoaster):  Wordpress blocks your posts out after around 10 or 12 tags/categories, and after several posts of over 12 tags/categories, you are considered a tag spammer.

Well imagine my excitement when I learned that I’m pretty much number 1 on “WordPress’s Most Wanted” since I regularly use upwards of 100 tags on each post.  That would explain why I never get hits from wordpress tags.  I figure it’s better to not be getting hits because I’m in the “WordPress Tag Slammer” than because my content is boring.

What failed techniques have you tried to increase your blog’s readership?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere: Reaction to Van Jones’s Resignation and Controversy

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but there so much fun so I’m about to start again.  For those that don’t know how this works, I google blogsearch “Van Jones” and take a random sampling of the results and clip out important bits, as well as throw in some of my favorite bloggers’ thoughts.  Here’s the blogosphere’s reaction to the resignation of former green jobs advisor, Van Jones:

DPGI- the aftermath

Just put Bush’s name in any of these stories – war, spending, personal associations, agenda, czars, “dictatorship” – and then, recall the panty-twisting furor of the Left from the past eight years. Kind of telling to see the sand in their crotch was Bush, not what Bush did because Obama is following Bush’s path in many ways.

Quipster

The special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality apparently believes that his past actions are being used as “lies and distortions,” and are not worthy of scrutiny for the special government position he enjoyed.

Citizens Against Pro-Obama Media Bias

They ranted on and on about the “birthers” and compared them to the “truthers” and lo and behold one of barry’s special advisors is a truther…to begin with.

The Transporter

Van Jones resigns as President Obamas green jobs czar. All I can think of to say is not soon enough, not soon enough. The president should check into the backgrounds of some people before he hires them to save the embarrassment.

Newsreal (I strongly recommend reading this article, it’s one of my favorites regarding Jones)

The point is not that President Obama will not tolerate people with Van Jones’ views to serve in his administration: he obviously will, because he did and he defended Jones to the bitter end. The point is Jones is becoming part of Obama’s increasingly familiar pattern: associate with radical leftists, give them as much power and prominence as possible in their own right, and disavow them only if they begin to hurt your ability to radicalize the system from within.

The Political Inquirer

One down a whole administration yet to go.

Citizen Obie

Van Jones made a mistake. Van Jones did and said some things I think he probably regrets. In fact, I know he does, because he said so. But where I see a mistake, Glenn Beck and the rightist bloggers who carried out this campaign saw an opportunity to tar and feather (and yes, that image is deliberate) the very symbol of the green jobs movement, and to characterize that movement, and by extension the presidency, as a communist cabal intent on imposing a reverse-racist tyranny on good Christian straight White Americans.

Betsy’s Page

How viciously sneaky of the right wing. They dared to use the man’s own words against him.

All American Blogger

I’m not saying I had anything to do with this, but I did write one heck of a blogosphere roundup on the matter.

California Conservative

Conservatives often joke that the Left’s definition of a dirty campaign is using their words against them. That seems to fit with Van Jones’ resignation letter.

The Lonely Conservative

Despite the fact that the MSM completely ignored the news of Van Jones’s past, the radical commie Green Jobs Czar has quit. And of course he’s blaming it on the folks who had the nerve to dig up his past. Not that it was hard.

Glenn Beck

The American people stood up and demanded answers. Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness. I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change in our government through honest questioning, and judging by the other radicals in the administration, I expect that questioning to continue for the foreseeable future.

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Rick

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Increase Blog Traffic With Blogsurfer: Check This out!

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I’ve been talking about Alpha Inventions and all of the great help it’s been in furthering my site for nearly a year now.  While I’ve been praising and using Alpha Inventions nearly I every day, I’ve also been using a smaller blogging utility called Blogsurfer.us, formerly known as Condron.us.

Blogsurfer.us allows you to submit your blog into a continuous shuffle of blogs, leading to an increase in traffic.  While the traffic numbers don’t really rival those of Alpha Inventions, Blogsurfer.us has its benefits.  For starters, Blogsurfer is extremely stable and has a very precise feel.  Blogsurfer displays a timer in the top left corner that displays how many more seconds until the next blog will appear.  This is extremely useful in assuring yourself that you have enough time to bookmark blogs you are interesting.  Also unique to Blogsurfer is a forum for users to interact and exchange blog URLs.  Submitting your blog to the rotation is also extremely easy; you simply press “Add Blog” and type in your URL, e-mail, and category.  I can usually pull out about 10 unique visitors per submission, wihch is definitely worth the 5 seconds it takes to enter the blog information.  Be sure and check out Blogsurfer.us today!

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What has worked for you in increasing blog traffic?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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