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This Is What Happens When I Blog About Cannabis Law Reform

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I blog about tea party stuff 90 percent of the time. I get decent readership with those blogs, and I appreciate my loyal followers. Very much.

But as long as I write about stuff only conservatives and activist libertarians care about, only conservatives and libertarians will read my blog. That means our ideas won’t escape the echo chamber we’ve been yelling in for years.

When I write about the conservative/libertarian perspective on issues of wider interest, though, I bring in people who never otherwise read our views.

Here’s what happened to page views when I blogged about cannabis reform Thursday and Saturday:

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And these were not my usual readers. They came from sites like And those new visitors from non-conservative sites came away with a more positive view of our movement.

Before you say it, I’m not a link whore. I don’t scan Google Trends to blog about the most searched topics of the day, and I don’t suck up to popular bloggers to get inbound links. I’ve advocated cannabis law reform for years, though not so publicly as I have since January 2012.

The point is this: if you want to attract people to your views, to persuade them to at least take a listen to you, you have to speak their language and interests. Clearly, cannabis reform is more interesting to more people than, say, Great Streets projects or Blue Ways or Agenda 21.

So, to those who want to know why I’d bring up something as controversial as cannabis law reform now, I’ll say this:  we won’t attract advocates and voters to our other issues if we don’t talk about their issues first.

Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

4 Comments on “This Is What Happens When I Blog About Cannabis Law Reform

  1. Hi Bill,
    I agree with you regarding blogging about something more controversial than normal conservative topics in order to attract a wider variety of readers. Unfortunately most of the new readers that agree with your stand about cannibis will probably never vote for anyone other than a Democrat. They see the Democrats as the party of “free stuff” and government assistance. The see the Republicans as the party of the rich who should be punished for having a job and money.

    1. Bill we the conservatives will need to message differently but stand firm on PRINCIPLES. Longtime reader. God bless. Keep up the good work! Lo Ira!

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