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DB Ferguson’s (the curator of the Stephen Colbert fansite “No Fact Zone”doing a talk right now about her experiences as a fan-blogger, and ways to survive and thrive.

A lot of her advice is very common-sense for those who’ve been blogging professionally for a while, but bear repeating:

  • Become best friends with your web-host.
  • Reach out to publishers and producers who carry products related to your niche, it can often result in exclusive access.
  • “Grow a pair and get after it,” as Stephen Colbert says.  This is something I can personally attest to. Act as if you have authority, and it gets you access.
  • Grow your community – they’ll act as your support staff.

image This is definitely one of the talks you’ll want to check out once the full episodes come out on WordcampTV.