I joined Lone Conservative by accident. I only ever intended to publish one article here but found myself added to a Facebook chat with a handful of other college conservatives. They talked about the issues of the day, overused the squirt gun emoji, and, what kept me, shared a vision that extended far beyond their unearned degrees.
In the wake of COVID-19, the media has used much ink in discussions of ‘exponentials.’ Diseases, we’re told, spread exponentially. However, it is not just infections and pure mathematical modeling that follow such curves. In four years, LoCo has grown from a handful of contributors to hundreds, from hundreds of followers to tens of thousands, from the occasional click to millions.
Much of our growth eludes mathematical modeling. For example, what began as a commentary site has since grown to a social media production company across every platform, a meme-producing force of its own, and the producer of two podcasts. We’ve even spent our Friday nights hosting trivia for those stuck at home in quarantine. LoCo is no longer just a website but a multi-media organization. Even that doesn’t portray what I think is LoCo’s true growth.
Most fundamentally, Lone Conservative has served as a place of mentorship, a training grounds. Our columnist team fosters and improves our best writers, contributors flock to CPAC, our leadership organizes overseas trips to Israel, our Bible study and book clubs hone intellect and faith, and our senior volunteers talk with, correct, befriend, and guide our college-aged contributors through their formative years. Tempers are cooled, ideas critiqued, writing honed, and friendships bolstered.
As such, our contributors are becoming a force within conservative advocacy. Our writers have featured everywhere from Reason to the Wall Street Journal, Quillette, and elsewhere. They have worked for political campaigns, curated online content, and edited for reputable publications.
Lone Conservative has become the organization for college-aged conservative writers and commentators. Our goal is to produce meaningful and entertaining content for our followers and readers, yes, but we also exist to create the next generation of conservative advocates. There will be politicians at the highest echelon, editors for our most august publications, presidents of think tanks, and more who were once members of Lone Conservative.
I don’t know where this website and multi-media organization will go in the upcoming years. Will all of our contributors stick with us? No. Not even the largest newspapers in the country can expect that. However, I know that in 15 years, there will not be an area of the political landscape left untouched by our mentorship.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.