Monday, December 22, 2014
Time Rewind: A Look Back at My First Year With Texas GOP Vote
I'll mix it up and start off with some of the not so popularly viewed ones beginning with my personal blog, "Politics and Motherhood: Making It All Work" which was a post about my decision not to run for a party elected position. It wasn't an easy decision, but as I said in that one particular blog, "Politics will always be there, however, the youth of my family will not." It only had about twenty page views total.
My very first blog for Texas GOP Vote was titled, "Everything's Bigger In Texas-Including Government" and that had 300 page views. If you don't remember what that was about, I wrote it about the medical directives and end of life care and the changes that the state was trying to make to laws regulation patient choices when it came to care of their loved ones. Some argued the new bill would make things better, but I disagreed, and still do. Thankfully, the bill didn't make it out of committee, so nothing to worry about. Until the upcoming session starts, that is.
Think back again to the 83rd legislative session, the sweeping pro-life bill that got held off until the very end and caused quite the stir at the capitol building in Austin. Yep, SB 5 as it was referred to then, was something that I wrote about and that article had almost 1900 page views! If I remember correctly, after "Will SB5 Have a Fairy Tale Ending" was published, the article made it to the top of Google news. Needless to say, I was stoked!
Fast forward a bit to the special session that was called as a result of the failure to pass the pro life bill I referred to in the paragraph above, I wrote yet another article titled, "While Texas Senate Talks About Abortion Bill (HB2), Let's Talk About Sex " Yeah, I did. I wrote about how abstaining from sex takes abortion out of the equation. Save yourself for marriage and no need to worry about perceived overreach of the government. Heh. That one got over 5200 views and nearly broke the server at Texas GOP Vote. That was a home run blog that only took thirty minutes to write. Hey, when you're hot, you're hot!
If you haven't already figured out that I'm an advocate for citizens to get involved in their local government, then you haven't been reading my stuff! To back up that claim, my article titled "March 2014 Texas Primary: Why Local Elections Matter" got almost 1300 page views! Surprised me a little that so many people were interested in that same topic. Glad I was able to write it and share!
More local involvement blogs revolve around the race for the Harris County GOP Chair position, a campaign that I was involved in heavily. I titled the blog, "Is Harris County GOP Low Hanging Fruit for the Democrats?" That particular article got about 225 page views, which I was very proud of. That is one of my favorite articles because it was about a campaign I was very passionate about. I'm also proud to say that we did elect a new county chairman and as a result of that election, Harris County stayed Republican 'red'! Paul Simpson is the leader that we needed and still need to keep us going in the 'right' direction.
A few more blogs I'd like to highlight that are recent additions to my repertoire are all about Common Core and the Glenn Beck event. I was fortunate enough to be chosen, along with four other bloggers, to be present during the Make Common Core History Event put together jointly by Glenn Beck and FreedomWorks. I did some preparatory work for myself and my readers before the event and the article titled, "Common Core FAQ's: Your Questions Answered" had over 1900 page views. Sweet!
I've had some more additions since I got the stats from Texas GOP Vote, mostly centered around the Texas House Speakers Race; Scott Turner vs. Joe Straus. I am firmly on Team Turner, and win or lose, I'm proud to say that Ive been a part of their team and all of the hard work we've done together. My first article titled, "Turner vs. Straus: Who Will Emerge Victorious?" had almost 250 page views, followed by "Is It Murphy's Law To Support Joe Straus" had almost 200 page views.
My work here within the conservative political movement is far from over, however. This is my first year and a half with Texas GOP Vote and I didn't share all of my blogs. Thanks to all of you out there who have read and shared and 'liked' my articles. Thanks to those who have even disagreed with me and shared their views. No such thing as bad publicity, right? Head on over to www.texasgopvote.com/users/kelly-horsley and check out the rest of my work. Hope you like!