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Jennifer Hemmingsen, You are Here blogger for The Gazette, offered some blogging advice in an email. This is one of several posts related to Bloggers share lots of advice.

I’m no expert — but here are a few things I wish I’d known when I started blogging:

1. Study the Masters. There’s a reason some bloggers are popular. Read them and figure out what they do well. (more…)

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Cecelia Hanley, Chew on this blogger for The Gazette, offered some blogging advice in an email. This is one of several posts related to Bloggers share lots of advice.

Have a general idea on what you want to write about. Yes, blogging is conversational, but it should have a point, not just stream of consciousness. Even if it’s a short entry about a funny occurrence, it should have some relevance. 

Make it more conversational. Use phrases you would use in everyday life. But be careful, don’t get to folksy. Just like with any journalistic endeavor, be honest with your intentions and who you are. (more…)

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Cindy Hadish, Homegrown blogger for The Gazette, offered some blogging advice in an email. I wrote earlier about Cindy and her blog. This is one of several posts related to Bloggers share lots of advice.

Some of what I’d say you’ve already heard. Mainly, choosing a topic you’re passionate about makes it more likely that you’ll stick with the blog and work on it to make improvements. I try to post once a day. I’ve noticed that – probably because of my topic area – I get a lot of hits on weekends, so I don’t like to leave the same post up for long. One thing I’ve been trying to pay more attention to is the search engine terms people use to find my blog. Oftentimes that can show a trend of what people want to know more about and I’ve followed up on those. The same with comments – if someone asks a question, I might answer it and then address it in a subsequent post.

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Justin Foss, This JustIN blogger for The Gazette, answered my blogging questions in an email. This is one of several posts related to Bloggers share lots of advice.

How is blogging different from writing stories and how is it similar?

Blogging is different to me because I can present an idea that might not be that newsworthy, but is still interesting.  It can be lighthearted or serious and since it’s from me personally, my readers accept it.

Blogging is very similar because it still needs all the same elements, person, action, consequence…and it always needs to be accurate. (more…)

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Todd Dorman, 24-Hour Dorman blogger for The Gazette, responded to my request for advice for blogging journalists. This is one of several posts related to Bloggers share lots of advice.

I think the most surprising thing for me about blogging is that after 18 months It’s still a crap shoot. I figured I’d be an expert by now. OK, not really.

Because I don’t have a specific beat, my blog is sort of a grab bag of things I write and things that catch my eye. Occasionally, I’ll post something that’s probably guaranteed to spark hits and conversation (greatest Christmas songs, best guy movies, favorite dive bars etc.) (more…)

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Scott Dochterman, Doc’s Office blogger for The Gazette, responded to my request for advice for blogging journalists. This is one of several posts related to Bloggers share lots of advice.

In the relative short time I’ve blogged, I’d say I’ve learned four strong lessons through trial and error.

  1. Timing is everything. The best time to post new information is around 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. My hit counts go up immensely in those times because of people going to lunch/eating at their desks and those who mess around online late in the work day. If you post something new (and of course relevant) around those time zones, hits will soar. (more…)

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Adam Belz, The Hot Beat blogger for The Gazette, answered my blogging questions in an email. I wrote earlier about Adam and his blog. This is one of several posts related to Bloggers share lots of advice.

How is blogging different from writing stories and how is it similar?

Differences: My tone on the blog is conversational, personal and immediate. I can post anything. A link and a sentence is enough for a blog post, in my opinion. A news story or even a brief for the paper has to be more than that.

Similarities: Accuracy, fairness and relevance are still critical. (more…)

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