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300,000 Hits

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Congrats to all the readers of this blog.  Evidently, this past weekend we hit the magic 300,000.  So what happened Nate? What happened to the frequent updates?  Well, I’ve mentioned this before, but joining Congressman Jack Kimble’s reelection campaign has been time consuming.  Politics is not something that as a self storage facility owner and operator I never thought would be a calling for me.

Congressman Kimble has kept me extremely busy.  This past weekend he made the mistake of drunk robocalling 54th District voters at 2AM.  I love the guy, but that was one horrible mess to try and clean up.  I will continue to update this blog as regularly as I can, but I really don’t want it to become too much of a chore.  Of course, I am very much looking forward to this year’s 3rd annual Natie Awards.  With my reduced blogging this year, it may open up to many other candidates.

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October 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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So Where Has Nate Been?

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Sometimes, I go through writer’s block and nothing in the news catches my ire enough to inspire me to produce a new blog post.   In general though, I figure I’m good for 5 a week.   That number has fallen well off despite this being a banner week for stupid people doing stupid things.  So what gives?  What’s so important.   The only answer I can give is to go to my other blog. Things should return to normal by Saturday.  Please keep visiting.  I still read the responses.

Joe

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May 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My 2nd Blogiversary

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Things have been a bit sad around here and with a busy weekend and my edumacation archive blog to update, it’s been a few days since I got to update this blog.   However, I am glad to be back posting in time to celebrate my second blogiversary   My blog began on March 6, 2008, but the first post was just really to see how it worked.  My first real post was on March 07, 2008 and it provided a helpful primer to make sure that you weren’t voting for the Anti-Christ.

Preparation of the blog actually began over  a decade earlier.  As some of you long time readers know, Thatrightnate.com is actually based on the novel Push by Sapphire.   It was her depiction of a young, overweight, illiterate, brutalized Harlem teenager, Precious that provided the first inspiration.  From that character that I first developed the concept for this blog in 2005.   Unfortunately, as I workshopped the blog and focus grouped the narrative voice it became clear that people were not comfortable reading about Precious’ struggles.   Eventually she was replaced by the character of Nate Peele, a conservative self-storage owner/operator.  Many elements of Precious remained.  Her adolescent weight problem was transferred to Nate’s daughter Emily and Nate kept the same desire to survive despite the abuse they both face.

After choosing Nate as the voice of the blog, assembling a crack team was the next step.   I made a deal with a blog head hunting firm out of Dallas, Texas called Word Co.   The fine folks at Word Co. began to scour the internet for the top writers that they could find.   Together, they were able to establish a crack team of 6 writers from all over the United States allowing me to concentrate on acting as head writer and more importantly editor in chief of the blog’s content.

A blog is nothing, however, without a look.   The prices I was quoted by graphic artists in the United States were way out of line with the budget that I had been given by Freedom Works.   I found much reasonable rates from several firms overseas before finally settling on a Filipino company.  The look came together and we were shooting for a March 1, 2008 launch date.  Unfortunately, cost overruns and an issue with one of the writers who had to be replaced, left us a week short.  On March 7, 2008 the blog was launched.   I have yet to hear about it from Sapphire, but I believe despite the changes we have remained true to her dream.  For the past 2 years, we have provided the type of conservative commentary you cannot get anywhere else.  Are countless Natie awards and over a quarter of a million readers say to me that we must be doing something right.  To you the readers, I wish you a very happy Blogiversary.

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March 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Congratulations to My Readers on 250,000 Hits

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You have finally done it!  Since http://www.thatsrightnate.com began on March 7, 2008 with a blog post entitled How to Make Sure You’re Not Voting for the Anti-Christ, I have made 982 posts,  hosted 4,542 comments, and won nearly a dozen awards.  However, I am most proud of reaching the 250,000 hit mark because if people visit this site, I know that I can educate them.  I congratulate the many readers of this blog who have tirelessly linked, retweeted, and emailed your friends to get them to visit.   The 250,000 hit mark is a testament to your taste and to your intelligence above all else.   A painter can surely create a masterpiece without assistance, but if nobody appreciates it what is the point?

250,000 is quite an accomplishment.  That means that for almost two solid years we have averaged over 1,100 hits each and every day.   This number puts us in the top 100 political blogs on the internet and even higher in the rankings for the top conservative blogs.  Through this blog I have been given the chance to meet politicians like Congressman Jack Kimble and to share critiques with Roger Ebert who linked to my review on Avatar.   I intend to make this blog even bigger and better and I hope that it will not be too long before I can congratulate you all on a half-million hits.   To quote former President Bush, “Mission accomplished.”

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February 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Final 2009 Natie Awards Announced

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Gentle readers, I thank you for you patience from our usual format as we honor that which is truly special about the world of blogging.  I am proud of my contribution to political discourse in the country.   There were over 50 Natie awards this year in our biggest Natie awards yet.  The vast majority of these awards were for technical things like typography and layout and were awarded in a separate ceremony earlier this afternoon. The remaining two Naties are for video production and for contributor of the year.

Video Production: This year, we’ve been fortunate to air a large number of videos on this blog.   We’ve shown everything from music videos to campaign ads.  No, actually we’ve really only shown music videos and campaign ads.  Here are this year’s nominees for video of the year.   Double clicking on them will give you the video in full size:

Bye Bye Bush – Nate Peele Director

House Salute – Nate Peele Director

Republican Delight – Nate Peele Director

Texas Hold On – Nate Peele Director

Kimble for Congress Ad #2 –Larry Appleton Director

Kimble for Congress Spanish Ad – Larry Appleton Director

And the Winner is…Republican Delight.   When Michael Steele first put the word out for an edgier more urban Republican party, we were on it like Rush Limbaugh at an Old Country Buffet.  The resulting work gets across Republican values with the hip hop beats that keep it real for today’s urban youth.

The Natie for contributor of the year was difficult to award.  2009 was the first year when we have had guest commentators and Jack Kimble certainly has done more than his fair share of contibruting.   Some of our favorite commentators haven’t been around in awhile.  Zenyenta who was our first fan is no longer on the internet, Gina, Fraser, and Wrecks haven’t responded here in awhile.  Shannon has gone away, she’s drifting off to sea.   Steve has moved to Texas and doesn’t post nearly as frequently as he once did.   We’ve had some recent additions to our family in Cecily and Kodauzhf McJim, but neither of them have really had the sheet volume of posts needed to qualify.

We’ve had some tremendous followers on Twitter and I hate to mention them all for fear I’ll forget a few.   That’s the reason I’ve stopped doing Follow Fridays.   However, these people stand out for their support in Retweeting @chloebeetle @Kbenninato @KennethLibby @Dasani_01 @Aliceinthewater @Csmith2471 @Tab42 @Gottalaff.  Yeah, I knew I’d leave off people.  I’m trying to think in terms of retweeting instead of just basic support.

The winner for contributor of the year is Lola.  She’s been with this blog from very early on and she is largely responsible for my popularity in Brazil, which I understand is daunting.  She’s always been great about linking to my columns which she finds particularly interesting.  So there you have it the 2009 Natie winners.   For those of you who didn’t win this year, now you have something to aspire to for 2010.

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December 30, 2009 at 11:16 pm

2009 Natie Awards Announced for Journalism

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The journalism Natie is the crown jewel of the Natie awards.   To be nominated, an article must seamlessly combine fact, analysis, and opinion to let the reader know not only what is happening in the world, but also to let them know what they should think about it.   This is the most difficult category to narrow down the nominations for and this year was especially difficult.   Last year’s winner Now Obama Has His Own Flag – I Bet the Colors Run set the bar very high, but I believe all 6 of this year’s nominees surpassed it in some way.  The nominees are:

  1. Obama Endangers Rural Illinois (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  2. A Patriot’s Guide to Disrupting Town Halls (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  3. Obama’s Surgeon General is Just Too Fat (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  4. Did Obama Murder Stimulus Critic Mark Sanford (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  5. Report Attacking Conservatives is the Real Terrorism (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  6. Obama Recites Presidential Oath on Koran (www.thatsrightnate.com)

In a very close vote, Obama Recites Presidential Oath on Koran is the winner!!

Wow, I feel very honored to have personally captured 3 Naties so far this year and to have all 4 of the winners be from my site.  The NATIE nominations remain a great place to find a half dozen of the most important and most influential blog postings in the past year.

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December 29, 2009 at 9:40 pm

2009 Natie Awards Announced for Reporting

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The NATIE for reporting is for straight reporting.   That isn’t to imply that the other reporting on is somehow less heterosexual, but instead to point out the lack of opinion in the articles.  This is my “No Spin Zone” to quote the great Bill O’Reilly.   These articles attempt to give the fair and balanced coverage that a Fox News or Newsmax gives rather than Rush Limbaugh style opinion.  As a conservative blogger, I consider it my duty to provide the simple facts which show the rightness of conservative thought.    The nominees for the 2009 NATIE for reporting:

  1. Texas Makes The Ultimate Sacrifice to Defend Marriage (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  2. Obama Bungles H1N1 Vaccine (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  3. How the Jack O’Lantern Kept Christianity Alive (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  4. Arne Duncan Clears Himself in Student Death (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  5. The Bristol Palin Abstinence Tour (www.thatsrightnate.com)
  6. 75% of Oklahomans Can’t Name First President (www.thatsrightnate.com)

And the winner is How the Jack O’Lantern Kept Christianity Alive.

It is tremendously exciting to get back to my winning ways.   All of the stories had something I appreciated, but my faith is very important to me and the war to strip Halloween of all it’s Christian history must be fought.   I’m proud that my article earned some recognition for this cause.

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December 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm