Online Journalism: Fall 2010

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What are you passionate about? Maybe it’s live show reviews. Maybe it’s cars. Maybe it’s changes in journalism. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you’ll be able to engage with for 15 weeks, and something that will give you a depth of material during that time as well.

Why? Because you’re going to start a blog dedicated to that subject.

Why a single subject? For two reasons: One, it’s good to get a feel for blogging a beat–a defined area of interest and expertise. Not only does it allow you to specialize, it also increases the chances that people will find you via Google. Both good things. And two, because you’re learning a rhythm with blogging. It’s easier to learn that rhythm (and experiment within it) when you’re not constantly wondering “what do I blog about now?” If you have a subject, then it’s just a matter of fleshing it out.

So: Choose a subject and set up a single-subject blog (subject of your choosing) using one of of these two blogging platforms:

WordPress–better for a more advanced user.
Tumblr–perfect if you’re a beginner.

Please post a link to your blog, along with a one-paragraph description of what the theme is and your approach to that theme.

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13 Responses

  1. The Gluten Free Chicago blog is a place for those of you with Celiacs and gluten-intolerance to update yourself on the best restaurants, shops and cafes in Chicago that offer gluten free options. I also post recipes, reviews on gluten free items and news updates and events in the gluten free world.

  2. Susanne says:

    Iceland Obsessed is a blog I created to introduce my American friends and family to Icelandic culture and lifestyle. It is also a way for me to keep up to date with the country I used to live in and hope to live in again soon. Throughout the semester I intend to post commentary on the latest news from the island, as well as cultural pieces such as reviews on new Icelandic artists, and even traditional Icelandic recipes.

  3. Lisa Guillen says:

    My blog is focused on television. From news to reviews. (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.) It’s all about what you should be watching and why. I watch a lot of television, maybe even too much and it’s what I feel I know the most about so why not write about it? If there is anything good on I’ll be talking about it. I plan to include lots of video and pictures on the blog to keep things interesting and keep most blog posts to around 350-400 words.

    https://lisaguillen.wordpress.com/

  4. Kit Sesterhenn says:

    Living in Quotations (on tumblr) is a blog I created to share my love of the written word and how they connect to my daily life. I don’t keep a diary, but I do have a journal of my favorite quotes (that I’ve picked for various reasons) that I’ve amassed over the years. I plan to post a quote each time and connect it to either an anecdote about my life or about current events.

  5. Isis says:

    Ice CoCo is a fashion blog dedicated to exploring trends from the streets that have been turned into chic. A lot of what is “in” comes from lifestyles once associated with low class. It’s mostly just observations and trend spotting, but in the future I’d like to include interviews.

    http://icecoco.tumblr.com/

  6. AMurphy’s Law is a business based blog on WordPress. The theme is picking at least two businesses each week that are either in the news or talked about through social networks. I am then taking these businesses and analyzing what they did wrong or right when dealing with media and marketing relations. In the future, I hope to include interviews with PR and media professionals to get a better insight on how the process of relation works! The rest is explained in my first post on my blog!

    http://amurphysblog.wordpress.com

  7. Nick Myers says:

    As a lover of music and particularly music of the past, my blog will be about Proto-Punk groups and musicians. Punk rock was one of my major epiphanies when I was younger and I devoured anything I could find (music, books, movies, etc) form the original punk movement of the late ’70s and the groups that followed through the years. As time went by I discovered that there were many early rumblings of what came to be known as punk years before the original understood ’76/’77 start date. Bands like the Stooges, The MC5 and The New York Dolls are often quoted as originators of this sound, but there were many other bands/artists who exhibited something of the punk spirit or sound that are given little if any credit. In my blog I will write about two proto-punk bands/artists each week. It is one of my passions and I will very much enjoy doing the work!

  8. Piece of Cake (cake are my initials, by the way) is a blog about my quest to live a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle in Chicago. From local eating to healthy recipes to interesting ways to be active in our city – I hope to give a well rounded look at health in Chicago.

    http://pieceofcake21.tumblr.com/

  9. My blog is about National Parks. I have been to over half of the parks and I collect a stamp book that logs when I visited. There are always new innovations and changes to the parks and sites. I will write about the news in National Parks and use annectdotes of my own to help paint a picture.

  10. Laura Nalin says:

    Ripples of Gratitude is just random thoughts and interesting articles and videos I have regarding my passion for the ocean. There are always new species being discovered and in a time where we (humankind) are being very careless I feel it necessary that I be attentive.

  11. Lisa Brown says:

    My blog discusses celbrities and our obsession with them. I seem to take a liking to certain reality shows, they’re sort of addictive and I find myself drawn to blog sites such as NecoleBitchie.com and Mediatakeout.com. people actually make their living form following celebs. It’s sort of weird and amazing. It perplexes me. my blog link is below

    http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/flava106

    http://flava106.tumblr.com/

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