Blogs & Social Media Platforms – Hot or Not?

The new public forum is the internet. In the long run activist offline methods are there to get people to check out things online. In the short run they are immensely important to talk to technically illiterate demographics like elderly women who are Merkel’s main voting block. So your comments on the Identitarian movement and how citizens can learn from them are very appreciated.

Still, the internet is the place where arguments can be backed up with evidence (video, audio, official statements). And this biotope must be prepared to entice people into a different line of thinking. However, the internet has one big problem, people only read and don’t know how they can become time-efficient active users.

I will discuss social media strategies in other posts. This article is about the platforms and how you can aide the conversation while you are reading your news.

As I have written here one should always favor places where people of other persuasions come to see one’s writings. One easy way is the comment sections of the large newspapers. I have chronicled my history of getting blocked here, but your very newspaper is the best place to start. You will eventually get blocked or see some reasons why it is ineffective  (clumsy design throws off potential readers, too effective censors like those of WELT….). Don’t bother and move to the next platform. A platform that I have not mentioned so far, are the comment sections of conservative blogs. I will talk about it when I come to discussing strategies. For now I just look at the classic social media sites and blogging  (which is the same).

The Big Fish: Facebook and Twitter

If you have no reason to be anonymous and no qualms about sharing personal information, the places with the largest reach are the social media giants. You could and maybe should use them while you also comment on the newspapers.

Facebook




Copy the comment from under your news paper and paste it to Facebook. Then copy and paste the link of the article to the same place. Do this before you submit the comment. Most German newspapers have a strict censorship regime and you have no time for the trash bin.

Of course, you can also add freestyle content of your own, distribute videos and so on.

The Russian competitor VP.com does not allow anonymity, either. You can double post on both platforms, building audiences on both places and have a leg left for the periods when you are banned on Facebook.

Twitter




While you read an article in your newspaper, write down the keyword into the composition area for a new tweet. Preface each keyword with a #-sign. Then copy the link to the article to the area and click submit. The more keywords with #-signs you add, the more visible your post is.

Mind the Gab between the Platforms

If you don’t dare to speak in publc, get yourself a google account with a pseudonym for a name. While you are at it, register with Youtube and Google plus. At some point, you might return to that.

Gab.ai and minds.com are basically like twitter and you can handle it in the described fashion. Minds allows for more characters, but this does not mean that you have to. It rather gives you a chance to copy your comment from under a newspaper article in the same way as I described in the Facebook section.

Gab.ai has a fair amount of neonazis. Don’t feel disheartened and ignore them! They disappear quickly. I have tested with old, but timeless articles if gab.ai improves my traffic and it did. The software is similar to Twitter’s, but the social interaction works like a previous time on twitter because of its smaller user base. It is basically about what I call “comment riding.” It’s about going to a topic and leave a number of short funny lines with little to no substance or reference to outside sources. On gab.ai the hashtags are less important than on twitter because this vibrant “comment riding” needs places where a substantial number of people aggregate. Gab.ai has therefore introduced additional categories, the “topics.”

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Use the main topics when possible. News is where your crime story goes. Politics is about discussions of a policy proposal. Philosophy is all that relates to what different people think is good or evil (If you are smart, you’ll notice that politics is all about that). Art is about all TV shows, Hollywood, games, comics and other forms of entertainment and not just about what the left sanctions as art. Faith and humor should need no explanation. I guess that English language posts have a better chance to create traffic, but this will change with time. There is a “topic” that has been lifted up by Gab as one of the main “topics” and that is “Gab Brasil.” The sheer size made Portuguese a language to reckon with.

Still, here are some English-language bloggers that regularly post about Germany and whom you could help: Voice of Europe, German Joys, Observing Hermann, Luisman, Oliver Renault, and East-West Dichotomy. You can also drop current information from mainstream sources Deutsche Welle, dpa and The Local. However, don’t shy away from dumping German-language material. It needs to aggregate at some point.

The strategy with double posting everything on mind and gab is something to be tried, but I have not a lot of confidence in minds. They aggregate users for comment riding in groups. You can join a group and post your comment on their board. I see nothing German there whatsoever. Therefore I would only advice to make an effort with minds when you want to raise awareness for English-language texts. (Gab has German-speaking users.)

Minds is low traffic and has little interaction. You can help it, by copying your gab.ai text right into the minds writing area before you submit on both sites. You can leave longer texts there, but it is absolutly not worth your time. I would open them on separate taps of your browser at the same time when you start reading the news. Loading takes its time, so you switch right back to reading once you click to open the writing area for a new post or when you press “submit”.

Blogger, WordPress, Poly-Upload

If you get banned from all kind of places and or you don’t like the features of a platform, you can leave free-standing texts on the internet that will be indexed by the search engines.

I think I save us a lot of time when I say, “Trust me! Blogger does nothing better than WordPress!” WordPress blogs are likely to be privileged across the internet. For example, gab, minds and twitter turn a link to a wordpress page inside a post automatically into something that Twitter calls “twitter cards.” They are these nice-looking links composed of the first picture on the page and a certain amout of words.

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Tweet with twitter card

Thanks to twitter cards, vistors know to click on an image to visit a website (DailyWire in the example image). WordPress provides the relevant post settings to make these twitter cards for you and therefore entices users to your blog. I personally don’t even see how a double posting on WordPress and Blogger would get more eyeballs.

WordPress can be used exactly like Facebook and Twitter. It also has a surprisingly big user base, and 21 billion clicks per months and 401 million viewers. For comparison, Facebook gains 23.17 billion clicks per months and twitter 4.14 billion.

The real strength, though, is its integration with other platform. You can easily display a tweet, a video or a sound track. Across WordPress you enjoy the same features Twitter provides. Your mentions will be shown to you, you can encourage good content with “likes” and there is a feature to follow tags (without the hash).

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A news/post aggregator tool, called “reader”, let’s you follow other WordPress blogs and also every other website with an RSS feed (which is basically every website with regular updates). Use it like you would use either Twitter or Facebook. You can link to the place on your minds and gab platform to increase visibility.

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WordPress allows for automatic co-uploads on a variety of social media sites. I have been kicked from Twitter and Facebook, and I don’t know their policies, but I think that Twitter has forbidden automatic uploads. To be safe, use it manually with these two platforms to avoid a ban. Google+ and LinkedIn are low traffic platforms. Just let the machine catch some eyeballs for you and leave them alone otherwise.

Video Platforms













Size matters. BitChute.com gets hyped a lot at the moment because everybody fawns over the block chain technology. Block chain does not do anything for you if you want to get the word out. It does not add more privacy when it comes to your visibility to your (future) employers and social environment. And when the government cares to get you punished for your writing, you bet that they will find a way. This is hyped by idiots. BitChute has less than 4 million clicks per months. Nobody will find you there. People don’t hang around to browse BitChute videos. The big fish in the market is YouTube with 24,55 billion clicks per months. If you have video material, it must go there. You can also co-upload it to Facebook and DailyMotion. DailyMotion has about 400 million clicks per month and is to be reckoned with. All other mentioned and unmentioned video platforms aren’t worth your time at the moment.

YouTube has a comment section. If you find channels where leftists comment frequently, you can take the discussion there as well.

Soundcloud and MixCloud





If you only have audio content maybe because it suits your privacy parameters better, you can upload it to SoundCloud or MixCould. I don’t think that they gain traffic on their own, they just store your content and provide a player. I think MixCould looks a bit better than soundcloud, but it ultimately makes little difference. You can easily embed the upload on Twitter, gab.ai, WordPress and probably Facebook. I would co-upload the content on YouTube. Add your sound track to a still image and upload it to a channel. Youtube creates traffic on its own.

Google Plus, Reddit, Small Fish



I threw a number of articles down the Reddit hole and included the reddit share button on my blog. The procedure is that one clicks the button and edit the resulting post. You can also go to reddit.com directly and start a new post into which you include a link to an article that you want to share. Then You are  asked to select a group. Thankfully this comes with a  search function. So you type some topics and keywords and once you have found a group that looks into a topic of your article you send it over. My experience is that most simply disappear without feedback. All commenters that had budged were antisemites without exception. This could be a coincidence, but it doesn’t seem that people there are interested in intellectual reflection. They just junk read some garbage.

Google plus has the advantage that a) WordPress sends your articles there automatically, so you don’t even have to visit the place ever and b) that the share bottom is usually rather prominent on most blog and video sites. Occasionally when I check my emails I see that somebody saw and liked a post. Once in a blue moon. So somehow the stuff is visible although nobody follows me there.

LinkedIn is even worse. The software is fine, but I have no evidence whatsoever that somebody ever saw something from me in this place. I just keep the auto-upload on.

Summary

The platforms talked about so far under the category “Strategy” are the comment sections under the big newspapers and the classical social media sites/blogs (this post). I only talked about what platforms are reasonable. At first re-posting and sharing, adding little thoughts here and there, is a big contribution everyone can make while reading the papers.

What I realized writing this article is that the reasonable means of communication are fewer than I expected. The main topic of any oppositional movement must be to demand access to the general public.

I think, what we need most are people who make videos or audio commentary. At least audio should be in the range of a comfortable privacy level for most. It is hard for future employers to search for a voice. If you speak German, you can take Timm Klewer as an example or seek out to cooperate with him.

At the moment few people in Germany are capable of writing blogs or providing content that is not somewhat dumb. The reason is the lack of free speech and it will take some years in the sunlight until the crazy stuff will give way to solid, ethical information & entertainment. It is important that we get it going. Sunlight is the best desinfectant.

P.S. The logos above are also links that lead to the websites in question.

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