Been watching the news lately? It’s time to blog the news and current events for May in our Blog Exercises.
Have you enjoyed blogging the news? I’ve only asked for one newsworthy blog post a month. Some of you have gone a bit overboard, while others still struggle to find something from the news to fit into their site like a square peg in a round hole.
An artist friend of mine told me recently that the news and current events have nothing to do with her blog. She wants all that “nonsense” off her site so it will be a place of escape, both for her and for her readers.
She makes a good point, but these Blog Exercises are not about defending yourself against the assignments. They are voluntary. The point is to stretch your blogging muscles, to experiment. To try something different. To expose your readers to new topics and information and to see what happens.
However, I like a good challenge. I went looking for current events and news she could blog about that would not impact her readers or the sacred, peaceful environment she’s created on her blog. She specializes in handmade arts and crafts, specifically fine arts pieces and dolls.
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen calls itself one of the oldest and most prestigious craft organizations in the United States, and host and sponsor of the oldest craft fair in the country. This year marks the The 80th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair in August, something newsworthy and worth celebrating, whether you live near or far.
Recently, Perry Hall Patch, a blog about Perry Hall, Maryland, reported on local artists selling on Etsy, the commerce website for handmade and homemade items and crafts. She could easily do a post featuring local artists in her area, and open up her network a little more as well.
I also reminded her that many of her ideas for her artwork come from the news. The news impact us daily, intentionally or unconsciously. Sharing that insight with others may help them open up their own minds to how the outside world influences their art.
How are you finding ways to incorporate the news into your own site?
Your Blog Exercises today is to blog about a current event. Find a way to make it fit within your blog topics and serve your readers.
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