Blogs and blogging on the Daily Planet

You can be a blogger, too

If you would like to become a blogger on the Daily Planet, here’s what you need to do:

New users:

Register as a user on TCDP. As you register, enter a blog name and PLEASE upload a square headshot or another image that you would like to include with your blog. Also add a few lines in “About me” to identify yourself to your readers.

Already a registered user?

• If you are already a registered user, sign in and click “update your profile” in the blue box in column 1. Upload a square headshot to your user profile and click “submit” at the bottom of the page.

• Click again on “update your profile.” This time click on the “biography” tab at the top of your profile page.

• Scroll down to name your blog, and to add a few lines in “About me” to identify yourself to your readers.

Ready, set, blog!

You can start blogging by clicking here and writing!  If you want to be sure that we see (and publish) your blog post right away, email to tell us that you have posted.

Current blog partners and TCDP blogs are listed here. Just scroll down to “Contributing blogs.”

Every TC Daily Planet reader is a potential blogger. All you have to do is register as a member and start blogging (see sidebar for directions.) We also publish blogs from various other sources:

1) Blog partners, who give us permission to re-publish any of their blog posts

2) Multi-author Daily Planet blogs, where we publish occasional posts on various topics from people who choose not to set up their own blogs

3) Arts blog partners

4) Our wonderful Fringe bloggers, who work day and night before, during and after the Fringe Festival to deliver their reviews of Fringe productions.

TCDP guidelines for bloggers

As more community bloggers have signed on, we have found that a few more guidelines are needed to help you and to make our policies clear. Blogs submitted to the Daily Planet should:

• be original writing.

• avoid commercial advertising – and that includes trying to put a URL to another site in as the name of your blog.

• aim for accuracy when discussing matters of fact.

• be constructive – it’s okay to be silly or artistic-you don’t always need to have a “point” to make, but we want to minimize name-calling and personal attacks.

• have a Minnesota connection, either in subject matter or because the blogger is a Minnesotan.

The author of a blog post must be a real person writing under his/her real name. Even if your friends know you as “salty dog,” we want your legal name.

Our blog partners and TCDP blogs are listed here. Just scroll down to “Contributing blogs.”

(updated 7/25/2012)