Celebrating Five Years on Twitter

twitterI opened my Inbox last night to discover a notice from Twitter about my 5th “Twitterversary.” (Has it really been five years?) I got an account on January 12, 2010, with little expectation of ever using this social media platform. After attending a political conference that summer, I began to tweet more. Little did I know that within five years I’d have a decent following or that I’d be teaching fellow activists how to effectively tweet about conservatism.

Here are some of my most popular tweets:

Everyone assumes that I only tweet for a living. (Quite the contrary.) Twitter has enabled me to share my perspective on issues, promote friends/like-minded people, promote my organization’s events, and articulate conservatism in 140 characters or less. It’s a powerful platform, so never discount its value.

Because of my tweeting, I’ve been featured in Drudge Report, Twitchy, Politico, National Review, and other outlets. Use Twitter well and you shall be rewarded!

If you’re not already on Twitter, I recommend you sign up. Happy Tweeting!

Dear 114th Congress: Please Have the Decency to Improve D.C.

photo(4)Dear Members of the 114th Congress: Congratulations! You’ve been sworn into Congress. Think you can sit back and relax now? On the contrary! The majority of you now in both chambers of Congress were elected to reduce the size and scope of government. You promised to be bold, different, and responsive. You sent out, even so much as spammed, countless emails imploring us to donate to your campaigns. You said you’ll be consistent at home and here in D.C.

Are you going to give us more of the same or actually reform government? Are you going to stand up to this administration or become stooges who line their pockets with our taxpayer dollars? I know D.C. is an alluring, exciting place to be in. Why not make it a better and more accountable place? You said you would!

Potomac Fever is contagious, so you’ll be tempted to compromise in the name of power and prestige. Don’t fall prey to it. Don’t waver. Don’t abandon your principles. Our nation is in dire need of leadership. Will you lead this country back to greatness or help continue to usher in its demise? All eyes are on you, freshmen and returning politicians.

Welcome to the Potomac…Please have the decency to improve this place.

‪#‎MakeDCListen‬

Happy 5th Birthday to My Blog!

Hello readers!

On December 24, 2009, I decided to launch a personal blog where I could share my political musings with friends and fellow activists. Little did I know that it would help launch me as a conservative activist and blogger. Thank you to everyone who has read or shared my blog pieces over the last five years. I look forward to writing more about politics, guns, fishing, and other interesting topics! Here’s to many more years of blogging.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Gabriella
All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values

Year 2 in DC: Making DC Listen

Two years ago today, I boarded a DC-bound plane from Orange County, CA to begin my post-graduate life on the East Coast. Following my arrival, I began an internship at a reputed media organization and was then hired by LI a few weeks later. (I was very lucky to get a job straight out of college.)

You might be asking me, “Why would you leave sunny California for DC/NoVA?” Moving from the West Coast to the East Coast was certainly a big change in my life. I left family, friends, and all things familiar behind in California to advance my career in conservative politics. The DC-area gets a bad rap for being an incestuous, corrupt cesspool (which it is), but thankfully there are many good elements here.

Funny thing is, ever since I moved the to Washington, D.C. area, my disdain for politics as usual and the status quo has exponentially grown. Here in Virginia, I now pay fewer taxes and am working towards becoming a gun owner–which are foreign concepts to most Californians. Additionally, I’ve had more opportunities to enjoy the finer things in life like fishing, shooting guns, traveling, and relishing a quasi-Southern lifestyle. I’ve made some life-long friends, met some interesting people, and have done my part to #MakeDCListen in the process. I have no regrets moving here.

Thank you to my family, friends, coworkers, and everyone else who helped and welcomed this wide-eyed Southern California girl to the East Coast!

Pre-Order Your Paperback Copy of “Young, Conservative and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us”!

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Friends and fellow activists: It gives me immense joy to announce that a chapter I wrote for the highly-successful e-book “Young, Conservative, and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us” will be available in paperback on December 10th, 2013.

In this e-book, I wrote about my family history and how it inspires me to promote conservatism. I’m confident you’ll enjoy reading every story.

You can pre-order your copy on Amazon before December 10th. It’ll make the perfect gift for your children and millennials who are greatly disaffected by Obama’s policies.

Happy reading!

Happy Birthday, Counter Cultured!

Today marks a year since my sister Anna Maria launched the popular culturally conservative blog Counter Cultured. She enlisted me to help her manage the blog, and I couldn’t be more proud of what we and our contributors have accomplished this past year.

Below is our anniversary video featuring yours truly, Caleb Parke, Claire Chretien, and Anna Maria Hoffman.

From interviews with Ryan T. Anderson and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum to viral vlogs to grassroots video projects, we’ve succeeded in adding the young conservative perspective to the culture war.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed, participated in our videos, and supported our blog along the way. Here’s to many more years. Stay counter cultured!

No Regrets Campaigning for Romney-Ryan in Virginia

Note: The following post was written by me as an individual, not as an employee of Leadership Institute.

“I don’t always campaign, but when I do, I campaign for Romney-Ryan in Virginia.”

I spent the past two Saturdays campaigning in Louduon County, VA with my dad and some friends  who are also active in the conservative youth movement. I met some great patriots along the way and got to bond with my dad more. Additionally, I got to see Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli again (mark my words, he’ll be the next governor of Virginia) and finally met conservative talk show host Mark Levin.

I have no regrets.

I feel embarrassed to admit this, but I never campaigned before until last Saturday. Admittedly, I primarily focus on social media, blogging, and youth activism – which are my niche areas. I’m not really into party politics after seeing the CAGOP’s incompetence on display. I grew into a disillusioned Republican voter – not disillusioned in the sense that I’d vote Democrat (God forbid), but disillusioned in the sense that the party I registered for at 18 was not going in line with conservatism. Not everyone in the CAGOP should be blamed, but many people are at fault for letting the GOP slip in California. Step it up. Yes, I voted (R) in 2009 (referendum election), 2010 (midterms), now in 2012 – and I will continue to do so. Yet, I’m sick and tired of wishy-washy Republican candidates. And many fellow conservatives agree:  we need CONSERVATIVE Republicans in office.

Now that I live in Virginia, which is a huge improvement from my home state Commie…er, California, I was proud to campaign for Republicans here. (Mind you, VAGOP is not perfect either – but at least it’s active.)  I hope I don’t sound cliché, but it is imperative that every person vote, campaign, make calls – whatever – to make sure our side wins on Tuesday. Obama’s failed policies have wrought doom and gloom on our country. Our economy is suffering. Our liberties are under attack. Our country is weak. Can we really afford four more years of this Marxist president? NO.

I implore every young person (and American) who wants a future in this country to vote Romney-Ryan. Your future and our livelihood depend on Obama’s defeat.