Field Reporting: Blog to the Beat Pt. 4

July 4, 2008

This is the final post in a four-part series on applying basic methods of beat journalism to your blogging niche.

Yesterday’s post looked at methods for cultivating sources. Today I’ll focus on ways to pull you off the computer and into the field to do some actual reporting.

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Cultivating Sources: Blog to the Beat Pt. 3

July 3, 2008

This is the third in a four-part series on applying basic methods of beat journalism to your blogging niche.

Yesterday’s post looked at methods for gathering background information. Today I’ll focus on finding and keeping sources. When I use the term sources I mean people: living, breathing human beings interviewed by you, the blogger-reporter.

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Background Info: Blog to the Beat Pt. 2

July 2, 2008

This is the second in a four-part series on applying basic methods of beat journalism to your blogging niche.

Yesterday’s post looked at how the basic concepts of beat reporting apply to blogging. Today I’ll focus on methods for gathering background information.

You don’t have to be an expert in your niche to write a good blog but you better know the basics of what you’re writing about. Context is everything.

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Journalism 101: Blog to the Beat Pt. 1

July 1, 2008

This morning as I was making my blog-feed rounds, I happened upon “Bloggers That Fake It” from Men With Pens. The post, written back in March, resonated with me. I have found lots of cookie-cutter blogs out there, repeating essentially the same message with different words. This excerpt gets to the gist of it. Too many bloggers are:

fast to jump on the bandwagon with the latest and greatest product, service or topic. They beat it into the ground until it’s dead. The Internet is so saturated that it’s nearly worthless.

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Content is King When It Comes to Making Money

June 27, 2008

Problogger’s Darren Rowse held a free Webcast last night that was full of great advice for beginning and intermediate bloggers. At the event, sponsored by The Blog Squad, he identified the five keys for making money from a blog.

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Mission Control: Defining the Niche

June 25, 2008

Defining my standalone blog’s mission and niche has been a lot of work, and I’m not done yet. It’s not just a matter of defining what I want to write about. That part is fairly easy. But what are other bloggers writing about? What are they not covering? What do readers respond to? Where can I fit in?

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Getting started the Problogger way

June 23, 2008

The book ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income arrived less than a week ago, and it has kept me busy ever since. This blog records my progress in establishing myself as a professional blogger with a stand-alone blog that I am now developing. I also hope to provide useful information and moral support to any new bloggers who stumble across this.

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