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Blog with a focus. Don't simply make it a personal journal, though. Pick a general topic (AP, baby clothes, organic baby food -- whatever) and get passionate. Learn to research and how to efficiently locate primary sources for your facts. Learn to find and make connections online. Learn where to find reliable news. Learn where the good blogs are about your subject, and the mainstream news sites, and the vendors and commercial interests, and the advocacy groups ... Figure out what sites are good and how to make yours even better. Learn how to approach experts for comments ...
The benefits: no pressure for deadlines, frequency ... no restrictions on subject matter or length ... Loads of opportunity to practice, polish, stretch and try. Your structure and reach can grow along with your comfort level: more links, more interaction with other bloggers, comments on other blogs to attract new readers, guest blogging, social networking ...
Hope that sparks some ideas for you. Bon voyage -- enjoy!