Several of the students in my 21st Century journalism class have asked about how to find and reach a larger audience with their blogs. Right now, they've been mostly confined to our classroom. I'm the audience. However, that model's no different than just typing away on a word processor and handing in a sheet of paper.
The next four things I need to teach and encourage in class:
- They've got to register their blogs with a blog tracking service such as technorati.com.
- They have incorporate hyperlinks to other blogs they read as part of their writing.
- They have to keep reading other blogs to help spur ideas and thoughts for their own blogs so they can link back to those blogs when they write. See number two above.
- They have to leave comments on other people's blogs and get themselves involved in the discussion generated by someone's posting.
That's where I am now, looking for resources on types of blogs, and examples to illustrate different components. Where should I go? Stay tuned.