Thanks to @TheOaklandPress and @monica_adele for the FRONT PAGE Blog Love TODAY! reallifehusband.com/2013/11/friend… http://t.co/vU0jqYrVfj
If you’re starting a blog, keep these eight points in mind:
- Understand your community. No blog appeals to everyone. Identify the community for your blog and keep those people in mind when you gather content and develop new posts. (I deliberately used the word community rather than audiencebecause the best blogs invite participation, rather than just reading and watching.)
- Think in terms of blog posts, not other types of writing. A news story or a newspaper column could be a blog post, but you don’t need to be limited by such formats. A blog post can be (and often should be) short. An interesting link that you wanted to share can be a blog post. Anything that might interest your community is a potential blog post.
- Writing structures can and should vary. Sometimes you might want to follow the classic “inverted pyramid” news format, placing your most important and interesting content at the top and following with information of diminishing importance. A brief of just a few paragraphs. You may want to make a list of related items into a blog post. You may curate a few related items from the web into a post. You write an introduction that ties them together, then a bullet summarizing each link, then possibly a wrapup. A blog post might be a simple introduction to a video embed, possibly followed by a question for discussion.
Working w/ @letsweighin. Helped publish first blog post on #fostergrandparents and set up @YouTube channel bit.ly/1awhsT5 Good stuff
Kudos to @IsaacAvilucea for standing up to state officials & judges who don't believe in the First Amendment. northjersey.com/story/news/new…
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The blogger’s voice
One of the points I heard most often from my blogging contributors – and want to make myself – is that blogging has a more conversational voice than news stories or even newspaper columns, feature stories or TV news reports. Blogging is, in fact, a conversation and if you’re just posting news stories in a blog, many of the bloggers I heard from might say that you’re not really blogging (a staff member demurred from offering much advice, noting that he was pretty much posting news stories to the blog).