Story of my blog
In my social media class, we were given the opportunity to write a blog on WHATEVER topic we wanted. At first I thought maybe I would blog about figure skating or Minnesota, but in the back of my mind I was hoping to write about the pro-life movement. I told some friends about ym idea and they thought I was crazy and "preparing myself for failure." I was nervous that writing from an unpopular opinion on a college campus wouldn't go over well, but I have endless amounts of encouragement from my professor and classmates. I feel so blessed to be in a class that is so welcoming to different views. So why did I write about this for my blog? I am writing about the pro-life movement in hopes that someone out there is listening and may feel inspired to help find a better solution to this brokenness in our culture. I think it is so easy to just say things are too complicated to fix or people are just too divided on the issue to make compromises. I truly think that our generation will be the people to change that. I think that we all have a lot more in common than we think and I really hope that through this blog people are reorganizing that more and more.
My passion for the movement
As I mentioned in my first blog post, my passion for the pro-life movement began at a fairly young age when I heard the story of my best friend who's mother was pressured to get an abortion but didn't follow through. I later learned that my grandmother had a similar story when she found out she was pregnant with my mother. Two people, who mean the world to me, were at risk of not being here because of abortion. This really hit home for me so I began doing more and more research about the topic and began listening to prominent pro-life speakers. I went to the RNC in 2012 in Tampa Bay, Florida where I heard Phyllis Schlafly speak at a pro-life rally and at the past RNC in Cleveland, I heard Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach, speak at the pro-life rally. I have also heard some Catholic nuns speak about the movement and every time I hear someone talk about it, I realize how broken our culture truly is. This has inspired me to be pretty involved in the movement. I participate in the March for Life, I am a member of Students for Life, and I am now a blogger for ProLife Youth. I would like to become more involved with the movement in the future by volunteering at crisis pregnancy shelters, but I am still working on that! For now, I hope that by sharing my view it will allow people to look at other perspectives on the issue and make the issue a little less polarized. I hope that you all have been enjoying what I have been writing about and keep tuning in for some more articles soon!
The main audience I am trying to reach is GW students and teachers and ultimately, I think that is the audience I am reaching. According to Weebly's analytics, most of my blog traffic is coming from people following a link (which is most likely from our SMPA blogroll link). There are some other "unique" visitors, which are probably coming from Twitter since I have tweeted about my blog on my personal Twitter account. To boost engagement, I am going to do three things. I am going to share my blog on my Facebook page, make a weekly tweet to promote my blog, and ask a friend to share or retweet one of my posts to reach a wider audience! I will keep you posted on how successful this is in boosting engagement but in the meantime check-in on Sundays for more interesting posts about the Pro-Life movement!