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Jeff Johnson, Diamonds and Ice sports blogger for The Gazette, offered some blogging advice in an email. I wrote earlier about Jeff’s blogging in a Gazette column. This is one of several posts related to Bloggers share lots of advice.

I find I’m learning every day about blogging. What works, what doesn’t, what interests people, what doesn’t. I’m still trying to get into that mindset of “engage, engage, engage.” Sometimes that’s still difficult.

A couple of thoughts, I guess. I’ve found blogging is a great way to break news. We have complete control over posting, we don’t have to go to an editor first. If you have something, run with it, post it immediately. (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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