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Surfing the Patch Network

Patch blogger enjoys learning about the communities in Patch's online network.

"Patch.com is a local news and information platform owned by the AOL corporation. As of May 2012, Patch operates some 850 local and hyperlocal news websites in 23 states in the United States. Patch Media Corporation is the operator of the service."

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Are you kidding me? 850 Web sites in 23 states...and I have a passion for writing and traveling...all for free.

I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan and so logically I post blogs on the Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch. Then I got fired up about the presidential election coming up in November and K-9 Veterans' Day March 13 and thought what a great way to write about my beliefs in all 23 Patch states.

Now remember there are more than 850 Web sites in those 23 states which makes it a herclean task but, with the help of my editor I just select one city in each state and request that editor to share my blog with all Patch Communities within that specific state.

As for the travel aspect, by sweeping through each Patch community I am able to get the flavor of that area almost as if I were actually there. So I am having a great time surfing the Patch network and while there may be an easier way of doing it I don't believe it would be as much fun.

If you would like to try surfing the Patch network just follow these easy steps:

1.  Go to:  http://www.patch.com/

2.  Select State

3.  Select City

4.  Scroll down and click Want to blog on Patch?

5. Click on Post On Patch

6.  Fill in the Template

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Mike Shortall Sr October 14, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Hmmmm .... Might just try this. Thanks for the idea!
James Myers October 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Mike, if you want me to start cross posting you to the other Montco and surrounding area sites, just say the word. I do it for a few other bloggers and yours is definitely one that should be shared.
Mike Shortall Sr October 19, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Definitely ... That would be great. Thanks!
Marc Lombardi October 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I may not always agree with Mike, but his blog (Crankyman's Lawn) and what he writes here most times is worth sharing. We may not see eye to eye politically, but Mike is good people.

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