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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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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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