Burning Questions about Blogs

David Schwartz
Executive Director
Iowa High School Press Association

If we’re going to write a column about blogging, let’s first address a burning issue: Nobody knows, exactly, what blogging is. Or rather, everybody knows what it is, and the answer is, “Everything.” Blogging is a diary. Many of us read blogs detailing the intimate details of someone’s personal life. Or about becoming a vegetarian. Or about their favorite musicians.

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Attract Readers to Your Blog

Do you know how many people are visiting your blog? Here are ways to get your blog known and increase your readership.

Make your blog public

In setting up your blog’s preferences, be sure your blog is checked as public. That means the blogging service you use will let others see that you have a blog. WordPress has a feature where other WordPress blog posts that have the same keywords and tags as your blog post will list your post at the bottom of the other blogs. In order to take advantage of this, you need to be

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“The Sad Story of How a Gay High School Got Derailed”

Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award-winner Isaac Stanley-Becker wrote about a controversial proposal in Chicago to open a public school for gay students.

The Sad Story of How a Gay High School Got Derailed
Published in U-High Midway (University of Chicago Laboratory High School)
April 28, 2009, pp 6, 9

Taelor Dorsey travels every weekday from her home in Roseland on the far South Side to Harlan Community Academy High School, 9652 South Michigan Avenue. Living with her grandmother, Taelor is a junior and says she has a passion for creative writing. She came to Harlan from Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School. At 5 foot, 8 inches, with short brown hair and brown eyes,

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