Tips For Better Political Blogging

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Leave your own tips in a comment and I'll include them at the bottom of the post! Let's get a good discussion going.


  • Be Positive As Much As Possible- Combine politics and news and all you get is negativity. Good uplifting and interesting stories are refreshing.
  • Be Funny- If you don't know how, as is the case with the author of littlegreenfootballs.com, mix things up with some videos of a cool rock concert or picture from the Hubble telescope.
  • Know Your Place- People don't trust the internet. You will never earn your right as an authority on anything, so have good sources and photo evidence for everything.
  • Be Brief and Clear- John Galt takes longer to say things than I do, but his posts are much more interesting which more than makes up for it.
  • Learn Some Graphic Design- I'm sick of scrolling down a page to get to the actual content. Remember, less is more. Get rid of those cumbersome googleads. They only get you like $4 a month anyway.
  • Never Mention Opposition Journalists' Names- But always mention the new source, CNN or whatever- unless the journalist is already a celebrity. Why add popularity to an obscure opponent? If it's an ally always mention the name and news source.
  • Do The Big Scoops- Sick of reading the same headlines on every blog? So am I. It feels great to be the first to blog about something important, like how GoodSensePolitics broke Tom Hanks Bigoted Tirade and Obama Messiah Book Required Reading For Schools
  • Team Up- You'll have more free time. Build a community with other blogs, like DNA and link to their blogs as they link to yours.
  • Be Interactive- People like to express their political opinion and feel like they were heard. They feel even better if they are responded to. What more can you provide than just a comment section, which few read?
  • Keep Evolving- No business can last if it isn't trying new things. Look at what others are trying, and also come up with your own ideas. Keep in mind what search-engine keywords lead people to your site.
  • Use Pictures & Videos More Than You Think You Should- You'd be surprised how much difference it makes. Adhere to Fair Use laws because owners of copyrighted stuff will be happy to torpedo you, like how Associated Press went after SnappedShot.
  • Use Key Words And Be Histrionic- Good journalists are good journalists because they know those certain words that make the title shine. The title needs to suck readers in. If something is "controversial," say it is "completely outrageous." Don't use unfamiliar words like "histrionic."
  • Be A Leader, Carry A Big Stick- Inspire followers with natural leadership and knock the opposition down easily, but don't sound vicious or hateful. This means good sound arguments and some classy ridicule, like how Newsbusters.org ridiculed Chris Matthews for saying Obama "gives me a tingle up the leg." Run with the "Obama Chosen One" angle.

3 comments:

Euripides said...

Thanks for sharing your insights. This is a great and useful list.

Pearl said...

Wahoo! I love tips. I disagree about the comments section, though. Perhaps it's because I'm already a blogger, but I ALWAYS read comments!

B-Media said...

I mean how can you get other readers to read people's comments? I'm thinking of making the blog more like a discussion forum, or like a call-in radio show... just a thought.

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