Posts Tagged ‘Todd Dorman’

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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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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