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Commentary: Share your voice with AreaVoices

The West Central Tribune is looking for lots of good voices to join -- our updated blogging community. is not only a site for our bloggers, but a blogging community for west central Minnesota, the Upper Midwest and the rest of the world.

This site is a big community with more than 1.2 million page views last month alone.

What is a blog, you might ask?

Well, blog, blogger or blogging are all Internet lingo, used as nouns or verbs, describing a form of web log or part of a Web site.

Blogs are generally written and/or maintained by individuals with text, photos and video about a specific topic or variety of topics.

Blog entries are generally displayed in reverse-chronological order. Many blogs also allow readers to leave comments or discuss the blog topic. allows bloggers and readers to do all of these things and more.

Readers can also comment back and forth with other members within the AreaVoices community. is also the site for "Our Voices" bloggers at the West Tribune and other Forum Communications newspapers, radio and television stations.

Read "Our Voices" blogs like:

- 'HealthBeat' written by Tribune reporter Anne Polta at:

- 'CapitolChat' written by Tribune Capitol Bureau Chief Don Davis at:

- 'All about Food' by Tribune columnist Sue Doeden at:

- 'ForumComm', a new log about Forum Communications developments at:

More importantly, Area is a community for "Your Voices" as bloggers. You can read blogs like:

- 'Minnesota Native Daughter' by Jannet Walsh, who writes about her return to Murdock and west central Minnesota at:



- 'AstroBob' who writes about celestial happenings you can see from your own backyard at:

- 'The Wannabe Birder 'by John Lundy who writes about his birdwatching at:

- 'Addicted to Running' written by Forum news director Steve Wagner writingabout his running hobby at:

Frankly, it is "Your Voices" that are the main ingredient of the community.

You can blog anything you want as long as it is good taste. You can write about your family history, your hobby, your child's youth sport, your political views or just write about yourself if you are so inclined.

If you have been blogging on another blogging platform, such as bloggercom,, or, your entire blog and its entire archive can be easily transferred to and you can reach gain a whole new community audience.

With your blog on, you gain access to the reader audiences of Forum Communications' many newspapers and television stations across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota plus the rest of the Internet.

If you write a blog on a topic of community interest, especially if it is about a topic related to health, money, travel, family or food, and other Forum Communication sites may feature your blog on one or more of our Web sites.

If you want to write a blog, just go to, register and start writing your blog. You can send an e-mail about your new blog to me directly or to:

So remember the West Central Tribune is looking for your voice to join our community of Just go to the Web site, register, create your blog and open your new blogging window to the west central Minnesota and the world.

Thank you for sharing "Your Voice" with

Tribune editor Kelly Boldan can be reached at:

Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: or the Tribune's blog at:

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