A journalist yesterday asked me if anyone had ever asked to syndicate any of my blogs in any other form of media (newspapers or magazines). I answered that I’ve had a few requests from online media outlets to syndicate some of what I write (which I have allowed in some cases and disallowed in others). Apart from that I’ve only ever had one off requests for an article or essay that I’ve published on my blog to be republished in books, newsletters etc. In terms of a regular syndication I’ve never been approached.
It is something that I’ve daydreamed about though.
It’s often struck me that the content that we write as bloggers could have more than the one use that we also tend to use it for (putting it on our blogs). In fact for many of us it’s ideal for other mediums such as newspapers and magazines.
It makes sense on some levels to use the same content in more than one place, especially if their is reward (either financially or not) in both places.
I seem to have some recollection on some blogger somewhere having this approach – but their name and situation alludes me. Have you heard of anyone who has their blogging republished in a hard copy somewhere on a regular basis?
I know of journalists who blog and bloggers who write special features for magazines – but syndication is another kettle of fish (who puts fish in kettles anyway!?).
Perhaps it would be worth exploring this further – making contact with some publications that could benefit from the writing I do on various topics. I’ve often thought that much of what I write here at ProBlogger would be well suited to a ‘blog tips’ column in a tech section of a newspaper or computer magazine. Any editors out there interested?