MississippiPEP.com Turns Five, Relaunches With New Design and New Features

By Keith Plunkett | August 19th, 2016 at 7:58 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: #MSGroundGame, Commentary, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Politics

You may have noticed that it’s been nearly a month since anything was posted to MississippiPEP.com. I’ve heard from more than a few of our readers asking me what in the heck is going on.

Now, I can finally tell you.

I’m happy to announce we are officially relaunching the site in celebration of MississippiPEP.com’s fifth year.

Yep, that’s right! This month marks five years! Hard to believe, isn’t it?

We have a new look, and two new features. One is called #MSGroundGame. This is something readers are going to really enjoy. I have asked around 30 conservatives from across state, people who I know and respect, to join us for the the inaugural season of #MSGroundGame. It’s not an exhaustive list of participants. I hope others will join us in upcoming seasons.

How might you get that opportunity? I’m glad you asked. That leads me to the second feature of the newly designed MississippiPEP.com: that is, we are now making it easier for new contributors to publish their own articles directly to the website. No more email submissions or publishing times that are out of sync with events. If you get in the queue the Mississippi PEP Staff will get it in front of the readers.


How #MSGroundGame Will Work

As the moderator of #MSGroundGame I will submit a question or present a prompt as a topic for our group of forum participants. Each one will be informed when a question has been published. They will have 24 hours to log in and post their reply.

Participants will get only one reply per topic.

Pretty cool, huh? Yeah. But, here’s where it gets fun for everybody: Readers will be asked to rank their favorite replies to the topic by giving the participants responses a rank between one and five (stars). The rankings will be tallied and each participants average score for the season will appear on the #MSGroundGame Leaderboard on the sidebar of each page.

I’m expecting to publish a new topic on a weekly basis, but this could occur more often depending upon events and during times of peak political news. And we also want readers to send us suggestions for topics from time to time, as well. Go to CONTACT at the top of the page or GO TO THIS LINK if you have a suggestion.


You Can Become A Contributor To MississippiPEP

Now anyone can become a contributor to MississippiPEP by opening a free account and becoming a member. No more email submissions necessary.

All contributions must be approved by editors before they are published, and editors may require grammatical changes before the submission is allowed to proceed to publication, and by submitting the article the contributor gives MississippiPEP the right to use the article in any way we see fit. That’s pretty standard stuff.

To get started, go to the ‘LOGIN’ tab at the top of each page to register, or GO TO THIS LINK.

Of course, we also reserve the right to refuse publication of any material, based on standards of decency. That means NO profanity and NO personal attacks.

Our mission to be ‘Mississippi’s Conservative Conversation’ is still our focus. I’m happy that we were the very first conservative publication in Mississippi to dedicate ourselves to that mission without blind allegiance to political party or personal favoritism. Contributors should keep that in mind when submitting their work.


So there you have it. Five years down. You and I have taken some truly big steps together over that time. We’ve done good work. I’ve become a better writer and a better communicator. I’ve made friends who have made, and continue to make, me a better person. There are many good reasons to take a moment, reflect and celebrate (In fact, why don’t you send me an email and tell me your favorite article published at MississippiPEP.com.).

Forgive us over the next few weeks as we finalize these new features and get them working correctly. There will probably be a few kinks.

Finally, from the bottom of my heart, “THANK YOU”. The experience has been a reward unlike any I could have ever imagined. It proves that honest discussion, refusing to bend to power, and remaining dedicated to the truth; remaining true to these values are not without difficulties, but in the end offers each of us a reward well worth the sacrifices we endure.

Here’s to the next five years being even better.

What are you waiting for? Get to writing.

Best,

B. Keith Plunkett
Founder and Publisher, MississippiPEP.com