My advice, drink lots of coffee and have an ax to grind. Please don't listen to me, take advice from a trained professional journalist(and nice person) Emily Grovsvenor. You know her as the voice behind the Salem Weekly column "Desperately Seeking Salem." She also has a well written blog of the same title. Emily has been instructing feature writing courses at U of O and we are lucky to have her blog connected to the salemites.com site. We are even luckier to find out that she is giving away some of her knowledge for free next week and next month. Monday June 21st 6pm and Monday July 12th 6pm at Clockworks Cafe Emily will be teaching a blogging basic course. The class will focus on creating rich content for blogs, which is probably the most difficult part of the whole deal. Here is her blog post for the event.
Before she became a new mother, Emily was one of the founding father's of salemites.com. If you haven't visited the site yet, it's a collection of about 100 blogs from the Salem area. Aside from a pair of newspapers, there isn't much original online content being created in this town. Salemites.com was the answer to this void. Think of salemites.com as a stream of voices flowing through the city. Every time a blog post is written and it updates on the site, it's like a bucket of water poured into the conversation. Onlookers can watch the flow go by and follow the surging currents back to their original sources.
I still maintain that caffeine and a loud opinionated voice is a essential to blogging but the better advice I can give you to being a better blogger is to go to one or both of Emily's courses in the coming weeks. Like pools of oil buried deep in the bottom of the ocean, many of you have a voice that is ready to be tapped and fuel the dialogue that will make our world a better place. If you become inspired by this course and start your own site, I look forward reading your work. Please send me a link. firstname.lastname@example.org.