Taking it to the roots

Posted: Sep 01, 2006 12:04 AM

On July 4th we launched the new Townhall.com, and what has followed has been truly exciting. Townhall.com is growing like never before, and now -- more than ever -- you are part of the action. Back then, I asked Townhall readers to join the Townhall.com community and get active, and you’ve responded in droves. Thousands of you started up your own reader blogs and have been sharing your opinions on everything from Election ’06 and Iraq to the Emmys and the declining culture around us.

Townhall.com readers are on the forefront of a major shift in American politics. All the talk by politicians and conservative leaders of empowering the grassroots is finally turning into action. Hundreds and hundreds of great blogs are developing, and several have hit the big time. Here’s a couple that I’ve been following and think you should too.

Katie Favazza (Washington, DC)

Perhaps it’s just hometown advantage that earns her the top spot, but former Townhall.com intern Katie Favazza has been holding court on her blog, “Elocutio.” where she writes several times a day about topics ranging from Katrina coverage, Missouri politics, and everything books. Just last week the often-imitated-never-duplicated Michelle Malkin gave Katie kudos on a blog-well-done. We might be biased, but Katie has a big future ahead of her in conservative publishing. If you act quickly, you’ll be able to say you knew Katie before she made the bestseller list.

Prysson (Plymouth, MN)

“I am an expert at having an opinion and nothing short of bothersome in my insistence on sharing it. I figure if Katie Couric can call herself a journalist...I can call myself a blogger.”

Well, Prysson, you’re not alone -- and Townhall.com is just the place for opinions. When Prysson isn’t getting in a verbal tug-o-war with Hugh Hewitt’s guest bloggers, he’s commenting on the Middle East, presidential politics, and all that’s inbetween.

Flagwaver (Walnut Cove, NC)

Never shy, Flagwaver, a “35 year old black male from the great state of North Carolina,” takes on the moderate Republicans here, and here and says it’s time for conservatives to reassert themselves and stop letting RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only) return to Congress year after year:

“What we conservatives need to do is not wait until general elections come to make changes, but to get involved in the primaries. The primary level is where we, the voters, can have the most impact on the direction of the party.”

Publius II (Mesa, AZ)

“We're just a couple of lunatics that focus our attention on the current events of the day, the daily political grind, issues regarding the war, and some occasional legal thoughts regarding Constitutional matters. We're registered GOP, but we're intellectually honest ones. We have gripes with politicians across the spectrum, not just the Left though they do tend to be our favorite beating post.”

Need I say more?

Dave (Houston, TX)

A self-described “Fat, lazy, balding, 46 year old, golfer, fisherman, amateur philosopher and connoisseur of humanity,” Dave from Houston is one of Townhall’s most prolific bloggers and spares no one from critique – especially those that sympathize with the Islamist extremists and terrorists.

BrianR (Saugus, CA)

BrianR’s View From the Island blog on Townhall is the most active blog on Townhall with hundreds of comments by other readers. The SoCal resident has people talking about California, the Lefties on the Net, the Middle East, and Mel Gibson.

Also deserving honorable mention are a Congressional candidate and our very own Josue.

Raj for Congress (PA)

“Apprentice” superstar Raj Bhakta, a Republican, has challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-13) in Pennsylvania, and has set up blog headquaters on Townhall.com. Hopefully he’ll have better luck in his race than he did with Donald Trump.

Josue Sierra

It would also be a terrible oversight not to point out Josue Sierra’s blog on the site. Josue is one of the associate editors here at Townhall.com, and has the townhall blog community as one of his chief responsibilities. Check out his blog if you’re interested in the latest tips, tricks, and strategies for creating your own headquarters on Townhall.com.

Thousands of additional readers blogs can also be found by state and issue.

For those of you who are content just being “readers,” let me suggest you try your hand at this. You might just like it.

Starting a Townhall blog is the perfect opportunity to tell everyone else what YOU think. And millions other Townhall.com readers are right around the corner waiting for you to post your thoughts on the Middle East, media bias, immigration reform -- you name it.

You’ll also be blogging alongside some of your favorite conservative radio hosts, including Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, and Dennis Prager. You’ll be blogging alongside fellow readers from all over the country and globe -- From readers right in the middle of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, to stay-at-home parents, to college professors and political activists.

And who knows? Maybe you’ll be on this list the next go-round.

Sign up today.

Jonathan Garthwaite is editor-in-chief of Townhall.com