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Bournville Village Blog, a how-to in local blogging


Bournville by Pete AShton at Flickr

Bournville Green by Pete Ashton on Flickr

Over at Talk About Local, Nicky Getgood (a brilliant local blogger herself) has written a short piece about the new hyper-local blog Bournville Village started by journalism graduate Hannah Waldram.

As Hannah is not only a journalism graduate (like myself), but apparently also managed to do something with social media, I knew I had to talk a closer look:

“Bournville Village has some quite useful aggregation, with RSS feeds of Twitter mentions and Flickr photos on the site to link villagers up to online activity about their area.”

Two things didn’t quite add up to me; journalism, new website and brilliant social media stuff. Innovation in social media doesn’t normally come from journalists, but from bloggers. But hopefully this is changing:

“Bournville Village is an interesting example of how traditional media training can be translated into creating an informative community site” (Nicky Getgood, Talk About Local).

Even though the blog is only young, you can see that Hannah is drawing on experience she’s got from blogging on her own site. She’s linking to her sources, using flickr for images, promoting her Twitter profile and using WordPress widgets.

If you consider starting a local blog I can only advise that you check out Bournville Village Blog. But also check out Digbeth is Good, the blog of Nicky Getgood.

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