How do I sign up for a blog?

Easy. Just go to www.areavoices.com and click “Sign Up.” You will fill out a short form. From that form, our staff members create your site and notify you once it’s live!

I’m not very techy. Will I really be able to do this?

If you can write a Word document you can build a blog. WordPress software makes it easier to build a customized blog with just the look you want. You don’t need special graphic or design skills.

Can someone just build my blog for me?

That would be nice, right? But it makes the most sense for individual bloggers to design their own blogs. They know what they like and can add the appropriate sidebars and links. It’s really easy to do. We promise. If you’d like to watch how easy it is, just go to the tutorial section of this blog to watch Tracy build a blog. (If she can do it, anybody can.)

Who can blog?

Anybody and everybody.

What if I already have a blog somewhere else?

That’s okay. We’re not asking you to take it down. You’re welcome to have blogs outside of your blog at AreaVoices. However, it can be time consuming and unnecessarily work intensive to maintain more than one blog. Some bloggers who started off trying to maintain two blogs end up primarily posting just to their AreaVoices blog.

How long does my blog need to be?

It’s totally up to you. You are the author and editor. You can decide to tap out a few quick paragraphs one day then the next day post your version of “War and Peace.” Just remember, people are busy and sometimes you’ll get your message across more effectively if you keep your blog post on the shorter side.

How often do I need to post?

Again, that is up to you. If you just blog for fun, as an outlet for your writing, just post whenever the mood strikes. But if you’re blogging for promotional reasons the more often you blog the more often your message is read. In the blogging world, fresh is everything. Bloggers are constantly updating their posts. To keep in the race, your blog should be updated frequently.

How many people write blogs on AreaVoices?

The number is constantly changing. We’ve figured we have 200 active contributors who create content on a regular basis.

Who owns AreaVoices and what relationship does that have with the local newspaper?

AreaVoices is owned by Forum Communications Company, which also owns 36 newspapers, television and radio stations across North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

How can I get my blog on my local newspaper’s website?

Each newspaper, television and radio station within Forum Communications selects blogs that they would like to feature on their website. They find them by frequently searching for blogs they think their readers would like. If you think your blog would appeal to newspaper readers just let your local paper know that you would like to be a featured blogger. They’ll take it from there.



Do all Forum websites have the right to publish my posts?

Yes, under AreaVoices terms and conditions, Forum Communications websites can publish any AreaVoices content online or in print.

How many people will read my blog?

It depends on whether you’re a featured blogger and where your blog is featured. In all, FCC newspaper, television and radio websites reach approximately 2.0 million people a month. You’ll get concentrated readership in the four-state region (ND, SD, MN and WI) but it can also be read around the world. It is possible for you to track the number of people reading your blog from day to day.

Does Forum Communications Company edit or censor my blog?

No. You are the author and editor. However, we will keep an eye out for inappropriate or obscene material and can choose to remove a blog if it is deemed necessary.

I’m a little worried about inappropriate comments people will make about my blog. How can I manage them?

Easily. As you set up your account, you determine how you will manage your comments. You can choose to allow unmoderated comments, moderated comments, or no comments at all.

Can I add pictures and video to my blog?

Absolutely! We encourage it.

What if something goes wrong with my blog on the technical side?

We’ll help you. Email Danielle at danielle.teigen@forumcomm.com or support@areavoices.com.

What if I don’t get my registration email?

First give it a few moments. If you still don’t get the registration email, check your spam filter. If you still don’t see it, email us at support@areavoices.com.