In journalism we learn about the five W's that are essential to any story: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?
These are the questions that a journalist must uncover and reveal in the news story being related to the audience. Readers will usually be asking these questions themselves and it is the job of the reporter to find the answers so the readers receive all of the main information that they will need to know in order to understand what they are reading.
It's equally important to answer these questions in other types of writing. If a story is presented in a book there may be more than one question for each 'W'. There may be many characters who need to be identified or different places where actions occur. We need to give the reader everything they need to know to understand the story at hand and answer the questions they will most want to know to leave them fulfilled.
On the other hand, it's also a good idea to know which questions are best unanswered and left to a reader's imagination.
Five W Blogs
And now for some fine blogs that relate to these five W's. Check them out to see if they answer the right questions for you.
Who Wants Taters???-- Andrew Green writes an eclectic, eccentric mixed bag of topics. He sometimes reviews junk food and trashy movies, speculates on politics or other current events, or postulates on philosophical ponderings. His style is delightful. When he passes the taters your way pile up your plate and enjoy.
What's the Matter? With Mojo -- Mojo likes to ask questions as well as answer them. These may be the questions you never thought to ask, but you will be fascinated with the answers. Take a mind excursion and delve into Mojo's informative blog world.
In Time... --- Michael Di Gesu answers the "When" question sometimes, but also tells us a whole lot more with his story crafting skills. Sometimes he even tells an old story in his own unique way. This blog is a lovely place to spend some time.
The Jersey Shore Mom -- There are many blogs that give us a sense of "Where". Suzie, "a Jill of all trades", has been giving us the grand tour of her home state of New Jersey during the A to Z Challenge. Suzie is one of the bloggers who heard me on a New Jersey radio station when I was talking about the Challenge and immediately joined in with us. Check out her blog and read about the Garden State.
Why Not? Because I Said So! -- Across the country to Utah we find Sheila. This busy mom, full-time second grade teacher, and voracious reader gets asked the "Why" question plenty. In jest her blog responds with "Because I said so!", but I'll bet she gives a lot better answers than that. On her blog she talks about books, authors, and whatever else is on her mind at the moment.
Be sure to stop by and visit these fine bloggers. Say hello while you're there and maybe even click that follow button so you can come back again.
Who are some bloggers that you like to visit for answers? What are your favorite questions to ponder on your blog? When do you normally post your blog articles? Where would you prefer to blog from if you could live somewhere other than where you live now? Why did you start blogging in the first place?