Why Bloggers Are Journalists Too

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Bloggers are journalists too. We may not have gone to journalism school but that just means we are a different type of journalist. Is a homeschool mom not a teacher? She didn’t go to teacher’s college but she is still a teacher, just a different type of teacher. Same thing.

Bloggers are Journalists Too

What is a journalist?

A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information. – Wikipedia

What do I do as a blogger? I collect, write and distribute information and sometimes new and current events too. I think it depends on what type of blogger you are. Some are more journalist than others. But basically it’s the same.

I may make any journalists who have gone to college angry by saying this but many bloggers are equally as mad at being treated like less than a journalist, especially when it comes to working with brands.

A journalist can work with general issues or specialize in certain issues. – Wikipedia

A lifestyle blogger works with general issues while a food blogger, travel blogger, book blogger or gaming blogger specializes in certain issues.

However, most journalists tend to specialize, and by cooperating with other journalists, produce journals that span many topics. For example, a sports journalist covers news within the world of sports, but this journalist may be a part of a newspaper that covers many different topics. – Wikipedia

Does that not sound like the definition of a blog with many collaborators? There are blogs with multiple contributors who cover different topics, quite a few of them actually.

The US court has actually ruled that bloggers are journalists too.

I found this infographic on bloggers vs journalists but I don’t agree with all it has to say. Many of the stats are correct but I don’t see why appealing to emotions for example means a blogger is not a journalist.

Also it mentions meeting and interviewing celebrities and getting free entry and backstage passes as perks for journalists. Well I know bloggers who do both.

I think we need to identify a different type of journalist known as bloggers. Maybe we need a new definition.

What do you think?

* This post was inspired by Jeff Goins Blogging Challenge

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My BBB Manifesto

I was challenge to write a manifesto as part of a blogging challenge hosted by Jeff Goins and as I’ve never written one, I thought it was a good idea.

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Who I Write For:

I write for the middle-ground blogger. Someone who is not quite a brand new blogger but is ready to take their blog to the next level. I of course welcome brand new bloggers and professional bloggers here and especially into the blogathon but most of the blogging tips posts you will find here are designed for the middle-ground blogger. I also write a lot for the blogger who works with brands. Male or Female, anywhere in the world, what I write is designed for you. Some blogs are for certain genders or places but not this one. I have readers from all over the world!

What I Write:

I write blogging and social media tips on topics such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization), monetization, increasing traffic, working with different social media channels, working with brands, design tips and more. I don’t claim to be a professional in any of those topics but I’ve blogged for more than 10 years so I’ve learned quite a bit. Some things I know but just haven’t implemented myself due to time or money constraints. I write what YOU need. If you ever want to know something about blogging, feel free to write me and ask. If I don’t know about it, I’ll learn.

Why I Write:

I love blogging and social media. Plain and simple that is why I write.  Ever since I found my first blog to read I knew that I had to have a blog. What started as one blog has since grown to five. That doesn’t count all the blogs I started and stopped in between. I’ve started over 20 blogs in my 10+ years of blogging. I’m a serial blog starter, it’s just so fun to start a new one and work it up into a functioning blog. Learning just a few more skills, I could see myself starting blogs for people as a living.

I love blogging and I want you to love blogging too. If you get frustrated with trying to figure things out, you might get annoyed and quit. But I think you’ll love blogging so I help you out with tips and tricks and knowledge that I’ve learned.

Plus I run a twice annual blogging marathon known by the name of this blog. The Biannual Blogathon Bash has helped many bloggers from brand new (aka starting their first blog AT the event) to other professional bloggers who have also blogged for more than 10 years learn new skills, network, find new blogs and make friends. I love blogging.

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Generating Content Ideas

Generating Content Ideas

As a blogger you need to constantly be generating content ideas so you don’t run out of things to write about.  When you first start your blog you often have lots of ideas but as the months or years go by, the ideas seem to go as well. No matter what your niche or blog topics may be, there are always ways to find new content ideas.

Generating Content Ideas

Generating Content Ideas

Expand On a Past Idea

Look at your past posts, especially the ones that have done well traffic wise and see if you can expand on the idea. For example a post on 10 Ways to Get Your Child to Sleep could turn into a new idea of 10 Ways to Get Your Child to Eat His Veggies or What To Do When Your Child Can’t Sleep. A DIY craft post could turn into a décor post of ways to use those DIY crafts in your home. Or a recipe post could turn into a health post of the benefits of eating the main food in the recipe.

Even better, you can link these posts together to keep people visiting your pages. Don’t just make them related posts at the bottom, but mention them and link to them IN your post. e.g. Chicken Chiloquiles Recipe. I love chicken recipes because of all the benefits of eating chicken (last 4 words linked to benefits post). etc.

Answer a Question

Check out Quora and find questions on subject matter that you cover on your blog. Quora basically does the work of generating content ideas for you. Find a question that you could answer and then turn it into a blog post. Find questions with lots of upvotes which indicate that others are interested in that question too. Just make sure that you are writing YOUR answer to the question and not copying what someone else said.  See the question? Now I have a post idea: The Downside of Keeping Cats as Pets.

There is also a small trending spot which could tell you what trending topic you might want to post about to take advantage of traffic.

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Use a Content Generator

The Portent Content Idea Generator is a fun online tool that can help you generate post titles which you can then turn into posts. The content idea generator gave me the idea for my How to Be the MacGyver of Blogging post.

You plug in your blog subject and click the arrow to get an idea. Click the arrow again and again for more. I just copy and pasted the ones I liked into a txt document for later. Try again with each blog subject.

Content Generator

 

Use Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo is a website tool that is used by many big companies to see what is the most shared posts on a subject. There is also a trending tab so you can see what is trending and if it fits your niche, you can make a post about it.

Why do you want to know what is most shared? It will give you ideas of posts and hopefully if you share it well,  it will get lots of shares too.  In the image below, I searched for Fashion Tips. I can see which posts got the most shares and can use their post idea and make a post of my own. Just make sure you are using them as inspiration and not copying their post.

Please note that with the free version of Buzzsumo you can only do 3 searches a day and you will get limited results but the free version is just enough for generating content ideas.

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HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator

This generator takes 3 nouns that you input and comes up with 5 post ideas at a time. Save the ones you like into a document for later. You may have to edit for grammar. I inputted Parenting, Pets and Health and this is what it gave me.

Hubspot Tool for Generating Content Ideas

Content Idea Generator

This generator requires you to signup with your email, confirm and then get an email and password. After all that, you answer 18 questions and then you are given more than a hundred great ideas you can use for blog posts, emails, audio, video etc.  However this is designed for people who have a product/service that they sell.  I generated 360 ideas in 0.0063 seconds! The best part is, it gives you a box that you can select all and copy and paste into a document easily.

Summary:

These 6 ideas and tools should help you come up with hundreds of potential post ideas. Make sure to record them somewhere and then pull up that document when your brain is stuck and you need something to write about.

Looking for more great blogging posts about content? Here are a few of my favorite bloggers:

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Skyrocket Your Pageviews Ebook

Skyrocket Your Pageviews

Are you looking for ways to skyrocket your pageviews on your blog? Stuck at a certain traffic number?

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I recently bought an ebook from the #LearnToBlog gang (Kelli Miller & Crystal VanTassel-Lopez) called Skyrocket Blog Pageviews Using Google Analytics. I’ve been following the tasks in it to make small changes to my blogs to help increase the pageviews.

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Skyrocket Your Pageviews

The book has 30 actionable tasks designed to take the knowledge you can find in your Google Analytics account and apply simple changes to your blog to keep your readers on your site. If Google Analytics has been confusing for you or you know how to understand the data but you don’t know what to do with the data, this book is up your alley.

I taught myself how to use Google Analytics and I definitely know how to use it more than the average blogger so I figured I might not learn much but I’m learning new ideas I haven’t thought of in my 10+ years of blogging. If I’M learning something, then YOU’LL learn something.

The authors of Skyrocket Your Pageviews have more than a million pageviews so they know what they are talking about. If you are struggling with getting readers to stay on your site and view more than one post, this book will help you with that.

The book will help make sure you have the perfect settings set in Google Analytics to get the most data, how to grow your social channels, improve your site layout and grow your readership of course.

UPDATE April 2016 – I’ve been working through this book with a group of others and it’s too early to see results but I’ve been finding the tasks an easy quick task that I can fit into my day. Have you ever wondered how to update old posts for SEO and Pinterest when there are so many? Using the methods from this book you will know just which ones to update first.

The book currently retails at $19.99 which is about 66 cents per task!

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Jan 2016 Day Three

The Blog Life Chose Me

IT’s day three already! Wow time has flown by. It’s the last 24 hours to get as much blogging in as you can. How have you been doing?

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REMEMBER:

Last two twitter chats are today, this is your last two times to win a prize! 2pm and 9pm EST  – set an alarm!  Themes are Periscope and SEO.

I haven’t seen too many photos being shared! Check out the Blogathon Photo Fun challenge for some prompts.

You have until 12pm EST Monday Jan 25 to enter your entries into the giveaway form so don’t feel like you have to rush. But don’t forget either!

 

Alright, see you then!

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