Evanston Patch is looking for a few good bloggers but before I explain, I want to be clear on what a “blog” is.
The new age of social media and online news has some funny terms and though it took a while, it seems like many people know what a “Tweet” is (a 140-character message sent via Twitter). But the term “blog,” which precedes Facebook, Twitter, Foursqaure and more, has been somewhat ambiguous since its inception.
Evanston Patch is charged to change that!
A blog is simply an online journal where someone shares his or her expertise, opinion or experience. I like to call it community contribution, but you can call it anything you like.
It differs from our About Town column because unlike our opinion writer Christine Wolf, bloggers will not be held to strict deadlines and content requirements. They will not receive assignments. Instead, community bloggers will have the option to write whenever they like, about whatever they like. If that means once a month, great! Every other week, perfect. It's all up to you.
Additionally, bloggers will retain the rights to the content they post and will be allowed to republish it elsewhere, something our staff writers are not allowed to do. Bloggers are unpaid, but similar to the Huffington Post model, they are given a platform and audience for their views.
We are looking for Evanston residents or those with ties to the area to contribute regularly to our community website. When I first launched Evanston Patch nearly a year ago, I envisioned the website to be a virtual Town Green where the community could come together to chat, share ideas, keep up to date on local news and happenings, but most importantly connect with our town and each other; blogging is one more way to do this.
So here’s what you need to know if you want to join:
Are you passionate about something in Evanston? Contact us! Whether it's food, family, schools, government, business, social issues, exercise, fashion or business— if it's your thing, we'd like you to consider blogging for Patch. Anyone may apply.
I am specifically interested in talking with:
- Musicians, Live Music Fans, Audiophiles and Artists
- Parents, High School Students, Teachers and Professors
- Bartenders, Baristas and Foodies
- Fashion Experts, Stylists and Crafters
- Volunteers and Nonprofit Workers
- Health and Fitness Experts
- Local Sports Fans
Don't be shy! Evanston Patch is on a mission to recruit fresh voices, and this is a great opportunity to make your voice heard. We want to hear what you have to say.
If you are already blogging and want to share what you write with our readers, too, let us know. This is a chance to share your expertise and opinions with a wider audience!
Contact me, Jessica Rudis, if you are interested in being a part of the conversation! We hope to see you on the Patch!