I am sure some of you are familiar with the various burgeoning opportunities for writers and bloggers. One I’d like to bring to your attention is “Patch.” Patch is, or rather the Patches are, hyper-local news sites. Recently absorbed into the Huffington Post’s media group, Patch was a project by AOL to create town by town media outlets.
If you go to Patch.com (or just Google patch) it’s easy to check if there is a local Patch in your area. There are over 600 now, and they’re growing day by day. The reason I bring this up is that they are looking for bloggers (unpaid, sorry) to provide commentary about daily life in their own towns. I’m doing it and I think a lot of the contributors here would be good at it as well.
Blogging for Patch has a lot of freedom, but each entry will be approved by an editor. So far I only suffered one change to my work, the local editor gave my piece a better title.
The hyper-local perspective is a fun one to try, and it really doesn’t take much time to bang out a 600-800 word blog entry once or twice a week. It’s really more a matter of considering the environment you live in every day and talking about that.
Here’s one example
I think it’s worth checking out and readership is always good for writers.
Copyright Prentiss Gray 2011