So for a class this semester – “Online Journalism 1” – we all need to be keeping blogs about online journalism. That is, the world of blogs, tweets and jazzy words like that. Having sporadically maintained the Naked Pun for over a year now, I’ve often struggled with the fundamental question faced by most bloggers: “who cares?” Or maybe they don’t, and that’s why they blog. Living in Colombia on a student exchange was possibly the best thing that has happened to this blog so far – just by being in an interesting place, the Naked Pun was interesting by default and the readership duly grew. Just hanging out on the street in a student protest plus a bit of background research could provide great material for a post.
The challenge, however, comes now. Back in Brisbane, it’s a little harder to chase up interesting things to write about. And if I do, why go to all that effort for the few casual clickers who breeze by every now and then? That’s probably where the difference between a successful and unsuccessful blog can be found – the effort you’re willing to go to.
Reading the lecture notes and fellow students’ first blog posts, it appears a woman named Nikki Parkinson was a guest lecturer last week – she’s ‘made it’ as a blogger and reckons the way to build a good blog is to:
Oh and for the benefit of any markers who’re potentially looking at this, I only returned to Australia late last week and have therefore missed two lectures and a tutorial. But my post is up, hope that’s ok.
(Image of Brisbane street credit: http://www.australiaforeveryone.com.au/images/Brisbane-Street.jpg)