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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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In my early days as a journalism trainer, I made my mark by compiling helpful handouts. I thought I had a lot of good ideas on the topics I trained on and I compiled tip sheets that people told me they found helpful.

That approach (and sharing those handouts liberally online at No Train, No Gain) built my reputation in the journalism training field more than anything I did. So when I decided to do a blogging workshop this week, my first inclination was to develop a handout with all my tips and advice on blogging. I could have done that and almost did, but two things held me back:

  • I’m not that experienced at blogging and still learning a lot myself. I feared that my own advice might be too shallow and obvious (though I’m amazed at how often people express gratitude for advice that I consider obvious, so I will include some of mine). (more…)

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