I began writing my blog only two days ago stating that RightOnline was the motivator behind my decision to join the blogging community. However, what I failed to communicate was what RightOnline was exactly. In a short description taken directly from its website… “RightOnline is a project of Americans for Prosperity Foundation dedicated to advancing liberty and prosperity for all Americans through greater citizen participation online.”
This two day convention held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 17th and June 18th changed my perspective on not only blogging but also Twitter, Facebook, and opening my eyes up to new forms of online communication.
The RightOnline Conference began in an effort to combat the lefts overwhelming lead in their online grassroots effort. At the exact same time and city as RightOnline, the left was having their online activism conference known as NetRoots Nation. While most interactions with the NetRoots activists were civil and friendly there were a few times things got a little heated. Such as when a NetRoots activist encouraged her dog to snap and attempt to bite a fellow teen activist I traveled to RightOnline with; Or when a plant by NetRoots into RightOnline stormed the stage following Congresswoman Bachmann’s speech and showered the presidential candidate with glitter in an attempt to raise awareness to anti-homosexual remarks the Congresswomen supposedly made.
Throughout the Conference there was a total of 9 breakout sessions with about 6 choices per session on what to attend. I attended sessions from “Election Integrity and the 2012 Election”, to “The Importance of Precinct Activism” and “Youth Outreach, Not all Students are Liberal”. These sessions highlighted on skills that I could have improved, but also allowed me to connect with other youth activists from across the nation with like-minded views.
With all the sessions and knowledge I obtained throughout the weekend I would be injudicious not to mention the magnificent Conservative speakers. Three declared GOP Presidential candidates decided it would be best to mingle with 1500+ free online grassroots activist before gearing up for the long run to the White house; Conservative Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Former Governor Tim Pawlenty, and Successful Businessman Herman Cain. Among the politicians who gave speeches over the two days numerous other inspiring voices decided to chime in. One crowd favorite was Author Ann McElhinney who focused on how to recognize who is a “CYNO” (Conservative in name only) while at the same time making perfectly clear she wanted to keep her light bulbs without the government interfering! Other memorable speakers included Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp; Author but better known now as the man who took down Congressman Weiner, Andrew Breitbart; and FOX News Commentator and Author, Michelle Malkin.
Americans for Prosperity deserves tremendous credit and thanks for throwing on such a great event as RightOnline. The conference not only motivated me to get out and do more grassroots activism online but also gave me hope that we will take back our country in 2012. I encourage everyone to attend RightOnline 2012 in Providence Rhode Island next year!