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Have you ever thought about blogging? If you want to get started, or to start over, now is the time and the TC Daily Planet is the place.

We have some blog partners, who have agreed to allow us to republish some of their posts. We also have a structure that allows any registered user to maintain a blog. From all of the blog posts published every day, we select some to feature on the front page. 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.
  • One tip for all users – if you use your real name — Jean Smith — as your user name, it makes finding your blog posts and articles much easier.

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.

Blog on!

Once you have registered and signed in, 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 editor@tcdailyplanet.net to tell us that you have posted.

Your blog post may or may not be one of the featured four or five on the front page, but it will appear on your own blog page. 

Associate Editor Jay Gabler recently posted a helpful response to a reader question about blogs:

What is, in the view of the Daily Planet, the difference between an “article” and a “blog post”?

A blog post is one in a series of pieces that are connected by an author or a theme. The biggest difference between an article and a blog post is that an article is written to stand alone; a blog post is written under the assumption that the reader has been following or can easily access related blog posts. This assumption means that blog posts can include elements of both fact and opinion-though Daily Planet blog entries should not include any falsehoods, which are different than statements of opinion because unlike statements of opinion they are demonstrably untrue-and are typically shorter than articles. Our blog entries are clearly labeled as such, and include links to related blog entries.

We value our blog partners – and we are excited about the new ability to host reader blogs and give all of you a place to have your say. For tips on blogging, two places to start are How to be interesting from CopyBlogger and Advice on how to blog by Farhad Manjoo on Slate.