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CALLING ALL BLOGGERS

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“Write what you know” is a common piece of advice for aspiring writers, and it's a good one.

Most of us have something that we feel passionately about, that we'd love to write about and have others read, if only we had the proper venue.

We have opinions we want to share and see what others think.

Maybe you've thought about being a citizen journalist, but didn't know where to start?

Well, The Gazette's soon-to-be-improved Web site could be the place. We are looking for community bloggers for www.galaxgazette.com and we're inviting you to participate.

We need experts and enthusiasts who can write about their selected topic on a regular basis.

You don't have to be a professional writer. All you need is a unique writing voice and the ability to engage and attract readers to our site. The more reader feedback you generate, the more successful your blog will be.

When the new Web site launches in the coming weeks, bloggers will be expected to contribute at least one new blog each week, with more frequency encouraged.

We're open to all sorts of ideas for blogs. Some potential blog topics could be religion, music, the arts, movies, books, volunteering, business tips, technology, the Internet, fitness, recreation, sports, green living, history, photography, pets, travel, gardening, farming, beauty, fashion, television and more.

To help promote diversity in blogs, to begin with we'd like to have one writer per category.

Our Web site had 16,700 visitors in May 2010, with users reading 118,600 pages that month. Our community bloggers will have the chance to reach these readers — for free — through our easy-to-use blogger platform at www.galaxgazette.com.

So, are you interested? Do you think you have what it takes to engage readers online?

If so, send an e-mail to editor@galaxgazette.com. In 400 words or less, tell us why you'd be a great community blogger.

Also, be sure to let us know what topic you'd like to blog about and why you're passionate about it.

All blogs must adhere to The Gazette's editorial standards. Blogs deemed potentially libelous or defamatory are not permitted and will be deleted.

All blogs must be the original work of the writer. No plagiarism or use of copyrighted material is allowed without permission.

All invited bloggers will be expected to provide a photo to accompany the blogs, or we can take one for you.

Blogs cannot be directly related to a business or promote specific business products or deals.

If you're interested, let us know.

Send us an e-mail.

Those selected for a blog will be notified.