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Blog on Patch: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Start your free Patch blog today and become the envy of your friends.

Manassas and Manassas Park Patch are looking for local voices to blog on our site. We want people who can riff on a variety of topics, share their personality and engage the community in discussions.

Patch is more than a news site, it's an online conversation about your community. And we want to hear your voice.

This isn't a reporting job. It's blogging. You write what you want to say when you want to say it and do it on your own schedule. You can post multiple times a day, once a week or several times a month. It's up to you!

Patch won't own what you post, so you can repost your entries to and from your Wordpress and Tumblr account. Much like The Huffington Post has done, Patch is providing local bloggers an online platform to have their words seen by a larger audience.

Join now by going to our to our blog page and follow these guidelines to upload your first post:

  1. Log In to Patch.
  2. Select "Blog Central" from the tool bar (It will be on the far right).
  3. Click "Write a New Blog Post."
  4. Select the template. Use "Standard" if you're writing a post, or use "Media" if you are only uploading a photo, video or PDF.
  5. Write a compelling title that will attract readers to your blog.
  6. Type the body of your post. This is where you say what you want. 
  7. Add hyperlinks to articles you mention, website you talk about or to your other blogs.
  8. Select the "ABC check mark" button to make sure you've spelled everything correctly.
  9. Write a brief description about what you just wrote, i.e. "10 steps on how to make vegetarian lasagna."
  10. Upload a photo, if you want.

And you're set. After selecting "Save & Preview" at the very bottom of the blog form, the editor of the site will receive an alert that a new blog post has been submitted. 

If you write something compelling or of great public interest, your blog might even be featured in the top spot on the website.

Need a little inspiration? Check out bloggers on other Patch sites around the country:

  • Doylestown Patch features a cartoon blog and productivity tips.
  • Kelly Grignon from Trenton Patch (in Michigan) shares recipes.
  • David Merrick in Kensington, Md. offers hints and tips for your home and office.
  • A teenager from California's Capitola-Soquel Patch blogs about senior year, music and skateboarding.
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