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Thursday, June 01, 2006
Write For BNN - And Expand Your Readership
Writing for BNN is easy. In fact, it's the same as writing for your own blog - all we ask is that you cross-post here as well. We give you a membership pass to the site, and you can post or edit your work using a convenient software interface with no trouble. You retain rights to all of your work - all you grant to BNN is the privilege of posting your material on our site too. (Write once - cut and paste lots of times!)
Writing for BNN does not have to be dry news reporting. We welcome analysis, opinion, personal reporting - almost anything, so long as it has a real connection to the news. For example, if there is a wildfire in your community, we would LOVE to have you write about your observations of the fire, what you saw and heard, etc. We would love to have your reporting on how your city council did (or didn't) spend last year's fire mitigation budget. We would love to have you write a heartfelt testimonial to the bravery of the firefighters. In short, whatever you write just needs to have some connection to the news.
Why should you take the time and trouble to cross-post to BNN? Well, there are a couple of good old-fashioned self-serving reasons.
The first reason is that every post on BNN attracts readers - sometimes a few dozen, sometimes a few thousand - from search engines and other news sites. That means that the person reading your story has never heard of you - he or she's a new potential reader for your blog. Every post on BNN includes a link back to your own blog site - so every post on BNN is like a free advertisement for your blog - an advertisement that the reader actually went looking for! The odds are pretty good that someone who is interested in (say) civil war in Nepal, and who finds and reads your BNN post on the civil war in Nepal, is going to check out your blog.
The second reason is that BNN is comprehensively crawled by news sites such as Google News. The BNN site has a Google PageRank of 6, meaning that it is considered a reliable source by the crawlers. Your posts will be archived and search-engine accessible for a long time to come, and will be regularly cross-referenced by other people writing on the same topic.
There are also unselfish reasons to write for BNN.
BNN is community journalism - it's free citizens writing down their thoughts and impressions. The Internet is bringing us an army of Davids instead of a handful of Goliaths. Writing for BNN is like sticking your thumb in the eye of big media. The news is something that should be controlled by all of us - not by gatekeepers in New York. The way to ensure fairness and accuracy is to report multiple points of view - that way, no one viewpoint controls the story.
If you'd like to be a part of BNN, then please drop the editor a line. Include your name and the URL of your blog(s) or other sites where your writing can be assessed. We'll check you out, and if you're the kind of writer who would make a positive contribution to BNN, we will send you an invitation.
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posted by Robert at 2:03 AM
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