Hello again! I hope you’ve all been enjoying these first few weeks of spring.. Despite the wintery weather (I had the pleasure of waking up to SNOW today), I’d like to remind you that summer is just around the corner! Those words make me extremely happy, and if you’re tired of bundling up and being mistaken for a ghost due to your paleness, I’m sure they make you happy too.
I truly enjoy running this blog and sharing the hidden wonders of NJ with you, but my semester will be ending soon 😦 . As a sort of premature going away gift, I thought I would introduce you to someone who can take the wheel for the summer.
Okay, so you’ve heard of beach bums. You’ve heard of beach babies. You’ve probably even heard of The Beach Boys.. But have you ever heard of a… *drum roll please*…
Well if not, then fear no more. This week I had the pleasure of talking to New Jersey’s very own beach blogger, Ann Delaney. (Check out her site here!) She shared some really cool insight from her experience as a blogger.
Ann, age 55 is a full time real estate agent and resident of the beautiful, south jersey shore-town, Stone Harbor. In November 2006, Ann decided it was time to update her business website. Looking to do something other than the typical reality blog, she went in a new direction, incorporating more of a “lifestyle” touch. Ann enjoys running this new type of blog, but admits it can be a challenge to add fresh content on a regular basis.
She says the best, and most rewarding aspect of blogging is definitely the feedback she receives from her readers. Since she’s not always sure how many people are reading, it’s nice to hear from people with comments and questions about a particular post.
Ann is certainly enthusiastic about the role blogging will play in the future of journalism. She likes how blogging allows for a “personal account of events” and opinions, along with some good old-fashioned news too. She points out, though, that unlike a news article, you can incorporate these things and it is perfectly acceptable.
Having been doing this whole blog thing for an entire decade, it’s safe to say Ann has gained a lot of useful knowledge. Advice she would share with someone who is new to running a beat blog would be to post regularly and always include photos. She adds that if the blog is for business, be sure not to overwhelm the readers with self promotion and boring ads. Finally, the most important advice she has is to mix it up by adding hints of humor and personality. Her readers often tell her that they feel like they know her just by reading her blog and Twitter posts, which she takes as a true compliment.