Keeping Your News Fresh

There comes a time in a blogger’s life when he simply cannot find topics to write about. What happens then depends on the blogger. He can either not write at all or he can rehash old topics. I have nothing against old topics as long as there is some new twist or angle that is added to the blog post. After all, things that have happened in the past (especially in your personal life, if your blog is a personal blog) can always be viewed in different ways.

However, if you are writing about current events, there is really no sense in writing about things that happened way back. What I mean is that some bloggers, for lack of better topics, decide to write about a piece of news that is so old that it is already moldy.

Now why would you want to do that? Your readers have probably read about that news. How would you feel if you were reading someone else’s blog and all you can read about is something that you already know? Something that you have read about a week ago?

So aside from writing about the freshest pieces of news out there, how can you work with old news? It is simple, really. Pick a news item that you can relate to closely and then spin it in such a way that it can still be relevant to the date of publishing. Add your insights and then using those thoughts, relate the incident or event to something current. Just remember, stale news is not something that anyone would enjoy reading.

Originally posted on July 4, 2008 @ 4:10 am