Blogs and Journalism

Written by Gunnar Berglund

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It is a kick to receive feedback from people who have taken interest to read and criticize your work. These arerepparttar people you have never heard of; who stumble on your Weblog and become a part of your thinking process.

Lack Of Marketing Constraints

When blogging it is not necessarily to tailor a work piece for a certain readership or demographic. People interested in a perspective finds its author -repparttar 124224 blogger, instead ofrepparttar 124225 blogger finding a publication that reflects people's interests.

Most ofrepparttar 124226 time,repparttar 124227 Weblogs tend to be less about actual reporting and more about analysis and punditry and opinionated commentary. The 9/11 terrorist attacks fuelledrepparttar 124228 public's appetite for information, analysis and news, if only to make sense ofrepparttar 124229 tragedy. Bloggers rose to prominence by feeding this desire.

Blogging has taken off in remarkable fashion; in a way, it has made good where newsgroups have failed. It has keptrepparttar 124230 promise thatrepparttar 124231 Internet would provide real community to Web surfers. Tuning in to some ofrepparttar 124232 newsgroups devoted torepparttar 124233 terror attacks; one may sometimes feel to be inrepparttar 124234 middle of a verbal war zone with so much noise passing for informed discussion.

Weblogs run from single person operation to large teams and communities, to business organizations spread throughoutrepparttar 124235 world. They offer a great way for readers to find constantly updated news and information. It also allows authors to connect to thousands of readers in a personal way and addrepparttar 124236 honest, unedited voice of thousands to increasingly commercializing Web.

The plethora of tools that helps managingrepparttar 124237 weblog capitalizes onrepparttar 124238 ease of publishing posts to even greater extent.

These are probablyrepparttar 124239 reasons why they have been widely adopted and maintained - for several years in some cases.

Gunnar Berglund Gunnar Berglund has been a "internet- hardworker" for the last four years He publishes The meonit Gazette and also runs

From Ezine to Expert

Written by Francine Silverman

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You’ll first need to find a theme – preferably one that is not overused. (I read that there are more than 10,000 different newsletters in this country today). To find a niche, draw up a list of questions and hand them out to customers. Ask them what products they would like you to carry, or services you should add. Put yourself in their shoes. Then userepparttar best responses in your ezine.

If writing is not your forte,repparttar 124223 Internet is filled with websites offering articles for free – as long as you print them as written, with attribution. Here are a few sites to get you started: is geared to managers and focuses on business communication. focuses on Internet marketing and web business promotion. If you’re a local business, scroll down torepparttar 124224 article entitled “Has Website Promotion Gone Local” for tips on getting your site noticed. bills itself as “the premier small business portal” and is another good site for articles on promoting a web business. isrepparttar 124225 Small & Home Based Business Library covering business subjects from A to Z. Click “Biz Office Library” onrepparttar 124226 right. is for small businesses. The article “Internet Marketing for Local Small Businesses” by David Frey contains some really great ideas on promotion.

Be sure to familiarize yourself withrepparttar 124227 different methods of registering subscribers and e-mailingrepparttar 124228 newsletter. It’s a good idea to use a third party mailing list service to do this for you. I use, which is free until you reach 500 subscribers – then charges $29.95/month. There are several free mailing list hosts, but like anything free, there are restrictions. Christopher Cheng’s article, “Starting Your Own Newsletter or Ezine” at has links to his reviews of various free mailing list services.

As publisher of a newsletter, you will become a guru of your industry. Customers will endow you with expertise and seek out your advice. However, keeping a newsletter fresh takes time and effort. If your business is important to you, you have probably given it your all. A newsletter requiresrepparttar 124229 same kind of devotion.

Francine Silverman is editor/publisher of Book Promotion Newsletter, a free ezine for authors of all genres. two guidebooks are Catskills Alive (second edition) and Long Island Alive, both published in 2003 by Hunter Publishing.

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