Meet Anne-Marie Nichols, professional blogger.
To read the comments of many journalists on blogging, you would think the only kind of bloggers out there are arm-chair pundits trafficking in rumor and speculation, political bloggers who rant and rave and usually get it wrong.
Never mind that the characterization of even political blogging is wildly innaccurate, it also sells short what is really going on in blogging.
It’s a huge blogging world out there, and blogs present far bigger competitive challenge to traditional content channels than most professional journalists have the courage to acknowledge.
Every once in a while, I stumble across some corner of the blogosphere that reminds me the blogging ecosystem is truly diverse and complex. Hearing from Anne-Marie last night is just one more of those moments.
Anne-Marie blogs for a couple of different blogging networks, such as 451 Press, which she reports is now the largest blogging network. I had never heard of it before. You can find a list of Anne-Marie’s blogs here. She’s primarily a mommy blogger (kind of a big blogging field these days) and a food blogger. Here’s an interesting post about an educational course on blogging, which I can imagine being quite useful for new bloggers.
How did I find about Nichols? Last night I got a LinkedIn invitation from Anne-Marie. I didn’t recognize her name at first, because I last knew her as Anne-Marie Barrett.
Anne-Marie was part of my primary circle of friends in high school. The last time we talked, I was a reporter at The Daily Californian and she worked for her father’s business upstairs from our newsroom.
It’s pretty cool to hear from an old friend who has adapted entirely to digital media.