Sam Sessa, a reporter and blogger from the Baltimore Sun visited my Writing for New Media class on Thursday to give us some advice on blogging and the world of news in general.
Sam got his job at the Sun right after graduation from University of Maryland in 2005. He said he was lucky to have found a job that fast after graduation.
“I wish they had a class like this one when I was in school.”
When Sam first started at the Sun he was a print reporter only. The Sun then allowed him to start up his blog, the Midnight Sun.
“First and foremost I’m a reporter, that’s what pays the bills. A third of the day is towards the blog.”
Sam said, when he first started his blog he had to run everything by his editors first before it was posted and he felt like he was screaming into a vacuum every time he posted. I felt no one was listening, that’s how I feel too. I guess it just goes with the territory.
He said he had to connect to other bloggers to feel connected in the blogger world. Connection is key.
When you connect with one person and then they connect to you and then the connection continues it is like a snowball effect.
I agree with this, in my short time as a blogger, when I produce a post and let others know of the post through, MySpace, Facebook, or Twitter and then go to other blogs and submit comments, my hits on my blogs are pretty good but when I don’t do any networking my numbers are bad.
I mean they’re not as good as a professional but I’m happy with the results. I just wish I had more time to commit to the blog and post more often.
Sam suggests that you post 5 to 6 times-a-day. Wow that’s a lot. But it’s true, the blogs that are successful post a lot and the best times to post are between 7:30 and 8, 10 to 11 and then again in the afternoon. The reason for this is because many people check their favorite blogs when they get to work in the morning, at lunch, before they leave work and then maybe once again in the evenings. You should always try to post something. People want to see something fresh and new when they click on your page.
I feel a rush when I post something and then I get another one when I to check to see if I have any hits or comments. I really enjoy blogging.
I bet there are a lot of you out there who have wanted to try creating a blog but haven’t really been sure how to be successful. I have plenty of more tips to come from Sam and I will be posting them soon.
I’d like to hear from you and see what your ideas for blogs would be. So post the ideas under comments I love hearing from you guys.
(to be continued)