Since the 2008 United States presidential campaign, libertarianism has become a lot more mainstream and ubiquitous in part to former Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul, this generation’s icon of the libertarian movement.
For the past several years, media outlets, politicians and blogs have sought out the opinion of libertarian thinkers and Austrian economists, whether it’s on the matters of the economy, foreign policy or the environment. Although many dismiss libertarianism has a fringe element of U.S. politics, both the Libertarian Party and the libertarian community are growing in large numbers.
Political junkies who are affiliated with libertarianism often establish blogs or join online groups, like the Mises Institute or Ron Paul Forums. This may seem like a hobby to some, but passive libertarian writers can turn into professional bloggers if they follow some simple guidelines, publish additional articles in their week and speak with other members of the freedom movement on a regular basis.
Many may present the case that there isn’t a market for libertarian content. However, with numerous thriving blogs out there reporting and opining on issues with a libertarian slant, such as Economic Policy Journal, Economic Collapse News, Libertarian News and LewRockwell.com, these experts may be wrong.
Here are five ways to become a professional libertarian blogger:
Sure, you may know who Ron Paul or former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson are, but do you know who Murray Rothbard, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises or Henry Hazlitt are? If not then you should know some of the libertarian economists and ideas before you start becoming a professional libertarian blogger.
A blog is meant to offer an abundance of information on certain topics and concepts. If you wish to enter into this foray, as a publisher you must offer viewers with a unique libertarian take on issues of the day and provide them with plenty of statements made from the aforementioned influential men.
Let’s face it: if you manage a libertarian blog then it’s rather unlikely you’ll get visits from diehard liberals or George W. Bush supporters – on occasion you’ll get disgruntled President Obama loyalists or Republican voters, but for the most part, libertarians will be your audience.
Instead, your blog will be marketed towards longtime libertarians, young people interested in drug legalization, college students studying economics and paleoconservatives (think Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan before he became president).
This can be accomplished by visiting libertarian forums and informing users of your new website. You can guest post on libertarian websites with a link to your blog. Or, utilize social media to the fullest extent by commenting on matters of the day with a libertarian stance and include a link to your website.
At the present time, the Mises Institute is the premier source for all things libertarian and Austrian economics. It contains a plethora of libertarian books, articles, podcasts and educational resources. Other libertarian outlets often refrain from having this information – likely because it takes too much time. To be different, a professional libertarian blogger should at least try to mimic the Mises Institute and maintain an adequate list of economists, books and essays.
One way to get noticed as a professional libertarian blogger is to speak with libertarian candidates, whether it’s at the federal, state/provincial or local level. These candidates often have websites and will likely link your article on their webpage. This attracts even more eyeballs to your blog and is marketed towards voters who wish to gain even more information on libertarianism and what it stands for.
As a professional libertarian blogger you should speak with as many political candidates as possible, even if they’re not libertarian because then you can confront them with libertarian ideas and perhaps have a newsworthy interview that can gain traction, such as Jan Helfeld, who has gained fame through the Socratic Method.
Bloggers can often be accused of neglecting the basic principles of spelling and grammar. Although most bloggers today tend to be careful on what and how they write, some still fall victim to grammatical errors and punctuation mistakes. All professional bloggers should refrain from making these fatal blunders because it can discredit you immediately.
Furthermore, a professional libertarian blogger must convey their message into the most rudimentary way possible. The new adage on the Internet is that readers have attention spans like monkeys and you must adapt your writing to this diminished concentration. Instead of using complex libertarian or Austrian economics jargon, use simple language. Rather than pontificating in an elaborate and articulate tone, get to the point and be succinct.
Blogging is fun, and there have been various success stories of individuals turning their passion into a lucrative career. In the libertarian blogging sphere, there is an array of popular blogs, including the aforementioned. If you dedicate a couple of hours a day to your blog then it could very well become a profitable venture.