Find Your Writing Niche: Sports

SportsBased on an article in the Jan. 7, 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, 90 percent of the American population   watches sports.

Enter, a Website where fans can contribute blogs, social media entries and stories.

I had heard of the site but didn’t read it until Scott Habiger, who is my nephew and an avid fan of Chicago teams, wrote a guest blog titled “Why North Carolina Matters.” I live in N.C. and have friends who attended UNC-Chapel Hill, so I had a keen interest in the post.

No one can defend “paper classes” that continued for 18 years at UNC, and Scott points that out and presents insight on the topic. This blog isn’t simply a rant. It has substance and is thought-provoking, a characteristic valuable in blogs. Scott concludes by saying, “The best part of sports is the way that we talk to each other. There is so much more than the games.”

I’ve written stories about athletes and their families, but reporting about the actual games and their results is not my forte. If it’s yours, look into and other sports’ sites and blogs

Another outlet for sports’ enthusiasts is local newspapers, newsletters and magazines. Ask about covering events these publications will be interested in printing. With 90 percent of Americans                                                                                               watching games, you will have a huge readership.

And follow Scott on Twitter: @scott_habiger. You’ll get a healthy dose of sports, especially Chicago sports.

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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