I remember when Kassy first asked me to become Editor in Chief of Lone Conservative. We were sitting in our student union talking and I said yes right away. I had never heard of Lone Conservative, but my love for editing and Free Speech spoke for me in that moment. That conversation happened about two and a half years ago and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of Lone Conservative still today.
When I first joined, I think there were five or six members, several of whom are still with Lone Conservative today. We were a tiny, minuscule fish in a large pond and I never could have imagined what Lone Conservative would become from that moment.
To date, we’ve published close to 1,000 articles and have over 300 contributors from 48 states and seven countries. Our social media team has expanded our following from a few thousand Twitter followers to almost 40,000 followers. Hard data is important, but what’s most important to me is the growth I’ve seen within contributors for Lone Conservative.
In a time when it can be exceptionally othering to be a conservative on college campuses, I think it’s exceptionally brave of our contributors to be honest about their beliefs— especially on the internet. It’s not “cool” or “popular” to be conservative today, but our contributors care a lot about conservatism and the causes they write about.
Many contributors become more steadfast in their beliefs over time, but several contributors have come to me after they’ve changed their minds. “Could I write an article on what I think now?” “Is it possible to edit my old article to reflect me now?”
The answer is always yes.
Lone Conservative is a place for all thoughts and ideas. There are plenty of internal debates about policy, politics, and politicians— I’m talking about you President Trump. No ideas are unwelcome and that’s one of the main reasons I love being part of Lone Conservative.
Conservatism means something different to each contributor. There are similarities, but we exist because of our differences. There’s no one size fits all here and I’m proud of that. I’m proud to publish articles that I agree and disagree with. Each article is important, but we couldn’t do it without you, the readers.
To the Lone Conservative Team, thank you for all that you do. Thank you for writing and believing enough to try to make a difference.
To Kassy, thank you for being my best friend at Mount Holyoke and now.
To our dedicated readers, thank you. You’re the reason Lone Conservative isn’t a tiny fish in a big pond anymore. We are a middle sized fish and getting bigger every day because of you.
Last of all, thank you for being such a community and family to me. When days were hard at Mount Holyoke and beyond, my friends at Lone Conservative always gave me a reason to smile and carry on.
Happy Third Birthday!
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.