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Writing about News got my blog some decent comments!

Updated on April 18, 2012

Simply by chance, I found out what writing about the latest news can do for one's blog traffic.

My boyfriend Tony and I were out getting a few groceries. While shopping, there was a radio playing in the background.

We're normally so involved in checking our grocery list, or looking for an item, that we don't even hear what's on the radio in the grocery store, unless one of our favourite songs plays, or if we hear....some news that was a little shocking to us!

A local radio station news presenter announced that a quaint little church called Saint Patrick on the Hill had burnt down in Hogsback in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. We were shocked! Tony, my boys and I had visited the little church about a year and a half before, during a daytrip we had taken to go explore the lovely forests and waterfalls of the charming little village of Hogsback. My boys and I had been to Hogsback before, but it was Tony's first visit. That little Saint Patrick on the Hill church was a beautiful place. The church had stone walls and a thatched roof.

We left the shop, came home, and I wrote about the church having burnt down, and how saddening it was to have heard this had happened.

For interest, we then went onto Google South Africa and googled "Hogsback church burns down."

A link to our blog post appeared on page one of!

Just three minutes ahead of us, the local newspaper's online blog managers had posted something similar about the little church, and they were also on page one.

Was it blogging about the latest local news that brought us the traffic and nice comments, or was it the magic of Hogsback?

Even though we were sad about the church burning, we were also quite pleased that we'd done so well with the blog post.

We thought that was the end of it, but then our blog post received three or four beautiful comments about Saint Patrick on the Hill, and about what the little church had meant to people.

Hogsback is a magical place.  It is said that Tolkien drew his inspiration from the forests of Hogsback, and we feel as if some of that magic visited our blog, but we know that writing about the latest news helped too.



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    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      You're welcome, equealla :) - and you're so right about missing bits of reality while we're busy with things that aren't that important!

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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      We so oftentimes miss small snippets of realities passing us by, cause we are so intense with nitty gritty's. This was an eye opener. Thanks for writing it.


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