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October 29, 2004

The State of a New Blog

Much pondering has finally piled up behind my inertial walls, and I've decided to go ahead and start a group blog for Rhode Island conservatives (actually, anybody who agrees that Rhode Island is too partisan and/or has to begin toning down its liberalism). The blog is currently in production, and I've already got one other writer signed on.

The plan is to offer broadly relevant commentary, but from a Rhode Island perspective. Each blogger will be able to choose his or her own content (within reason), but for my part, the local emphasis may give me a context in which to scratch my multimedia itch and to explore arts and tradition in my neck of the woods. (Not to worry, though — Dust in the Light shouldn't suffer in its own, unique mission.) Once things start rolling, I'll make some effort to promote it, and hopefully it'll eventually manage to provide not only a social/political benefit for Rhode Island, but also a financial/professional benefit for the writers.

The first order of business is to name the thing, and for this, I'm open to suggestions. As one (not very strict) guide, I plan to use the State Seal, which is the word "hope" over an anchor and some wave-like squiggles, as a focal point of the design. Currently on the table: Out of the Blue, Alternative Hope, RI Alternative, AltRI, Hope's Anchor, Anchoring Hope, Anchoring RI. Anything catch your eye or spark a different idea?

Finally, any Rhode Islanders who are interested in writing for the blog should feel free email me (use the link in the left-hand column). I'll want some samples; if you've already got a blog, send along a link. A brief description of your views, location, and occupation would be helpful, too.

Well, wouldn't you know it. There's already a blog called Out of the Blue — and it's based in Rhode Island! (The blog is actually a rediscovery; I think I've even interacted with its writer over on Michael Williams's blog. But it must have slipped my mind.) Guess I'll scratch that title off the list.

Oh well. But congrats to Larry for his recent marriage, though!

I find myself partial to "Raising Hope," which seems appropriate on many levels.

Posted by Justin Katz at October 29, 2004 10:45 AM
Rhode Island

Good luck on this project, Justin. I'm looking forward to reading the new site!

I do have to say, though, I wouldn't use "alternative" or variations to describe a conservative site. There's an instant connection, at least in my mind, to underground, progressive, or gay communities (for instance, the Village Voice is often referred to as "an Alternative Weekly")

I like Hope's Anchor very much.

Posted by: Bil at October 29, 2004 11:57 AM

I like Hope's Anchor, too. The only thing that stinks is that you can't use the apostrophe in the URL (right?), so it would be "hopesanchor," which looks either like optimistic coffee or a Spanish seaman. Admittedly, that's not really a huge obstacle.

Regarding "alternative," don't you think there's a certain meaningful irony to that? I've begun to think that "alternative" artists and industries have a natural ally in conservatives against the liberal establishment. Particularly in Rhode Island, too, it would be an egregious misnomer to call a liberal opinion site "alternative."

It's a very conservative impulse, I think, to use a word to represent what it actually means rather than what the social hipsters have claimed it for.

Posted by: Justin Katz at October 29, 2004 12:05 PM

Hey Justin,
I'm interested, though I do sometimes have time constraints (but don't we all). Anyway, a couple new ideas for names. Hope Rising, Waves of Hope, Rising Tide of Hope, Hope's Rising Tide, Hope Floats (joking), Oceans of Hope, Golden Hope, and my favorite whimsical one, Squiggly Lines of Hope.

Posted by: Marc Comtois at October 29, 2004 4:13 PM

"a group blog for Rhode Island conservatives" Is that actually theoretically possible? ;-)

Posted by: ELC at October 29, 2004 4:14 PM

Okay, okay, tell me if this is too liberal-sounding:

Raising Hope

(Not to be confused with Razing Hope.)



Well the group blog is possible. Whether there'll be anybody left over to read it might be another story. (Kidding. I think the new blog could fill a significant, and significantly untapped, market.)

Posted by: Justin Katz at October 29, 2004 4:23 PM

Hey, that could even be a slogan (as in for advertising):

"Raising Hope... and razing the establishment."

Posted by: Justin Katz at October 29, 2004 4:28 PM