This week I wanted to sit down and speak with the hardest-working man in the blogosphere, John Hawkins. The man runs Right Wing News, Linkiest, and The Looking Spoon. He writes for TownHall, Pajamas Media, and The Huffington Post. Oh, and he sits on the board of the National Bloggers Club. If it has to do with conservative bloggers you can bet John Hawkins is involved.
1) You, above most, have a unique entrepreneurial spirit. What gives you the drive to continue to create content and become more and more involved in the conservative movement?
I believe I’m fulfilling my God-given purpose on earth by standing up for Christianity, country, and conservatism via my writing. Besides, I’m not well-suited for most jobs because I’m the sort of person you point in a direction and unleash. I don’t want or need a supervisor for anything and I’ve found that generally rubs bosses the wrong way. So I prefer to skip the aggravation and work for myself.
2) You run two of the most popular conservative sites on the web. How do you manage the huge work load of writing, managing, and editing large loads of content each day?
The short answer is delegation, automation, and relentless organization. Ideally, I’d like to get to the point where I could go on a month-long cruise and my websites would keep functioning fine without me.
3) The Tea Party had an unbelievable impact in 2010 and we saw a huge resurgence of conservatism. However, the GOP ended up electing arguably one of the more moderate candidates, Mitt Romney. Will the tea party continue to be influential in modern day politics or was it a “flash in the pan” movement?
If Barack Obama wins in 2012, you can expect the Tea Party to continue to spend the next four years fighting him tooth and nail. On the other hand, if Mitt Romney wins, that will be the real test of the Tea Party because you can be sure he won’t do the right thing without a lot of pushing. Will conservatives do that pushing or will we spend the next few years patting ourselves on the back for putting “our side” in charge again like we did during Bush’s first term? I hope it’s the former for the sake of our country.
4) The economy and spending are the biggest issues our nation currently face. However, what issue is personally most important to you and why?
Spending is the most important issue to me personally because at the moment, the country is on track to default and it’s possible I won’t be rich by the time it happens. That’s a big deal because I don’t think there’s going to be a big demand for bloggers in the middle of the Great Depression 2.0 when people are eating their dogs and shooting each other for copper wiring.
I want to end with a few lightning round short answer questions. The important stuff, if you will.
1) Who is your favorite comic book hero and why?
Conan. He’s a leader, he has a code of honor, and anything and everything that makes the cataclysmic mistake of screwing with him ends up dead with a sword through the face.
2) Pancakes or Waffles?
Neither. Egg White Omelettes.
3) What is your biggest pet peeve?
Conspiracy theorists and their enablers. America isn’t merging with Canada and Mexico. The Jews aren’t behind 9/11. The illuminati, Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, etc. don’t run jack-diddley-crap. The kooks are bad enough, but it’s the integrity-free people who know better and play up these conspiracy theories anyway because they think it’ll drive traffic . . . who are really contemptible. I’m looking at you, Alex Jones and Joseph Farah.