How to write (or photograph) for us
Guest writing is a great way to test the blogging waters or to promote your blog to a larger audience. Your post, if published, would have a short introduction from the editor before and the chance to tell the world a bit about yourself after.
What's in it for you?
People write, film and snap away for a number of reasons. Maybe it's to get something off of your chest (it can be most therapeutic). Maybe it is to raise awareness of an issue or just to get the writing practice (we all started somewhere). What's important is that you know what you will get out of it.
First of all you get to see your name in the by-line and all the bragging rights that go with that honour. If that's not enough (and sometimes it is not) you will also get a link back to whatever blog or project that you might work on more regularly. This is great for SEO (getting more traffic from Google, Bing, Yahoo etc).
It is a good way to start blogging. Are you thinking of starting a blog? If so try your hand at writing a post and see what sort of reaction you get. If you enjoy it then we will have been glad to get your started. Not to mention that if you think that you might like to work in journalism then getting published in an established blog is a good leg up in that regard.
Or just do it to get your voice heard.
What is needed
There are a couple of common sense guidelines which need to be stated for clarity however if you have a good reason for deviating from them then do so - we can always talk about it once you have written the post.
A guest post should have at least three paragraphs of, ideally, three sentences as a minimum with no maximum size. Extremely large posts may be edited for size or serialised over a number of posts.
You may use HTML if you like but it is not necessary if you'd rather not. HTML free posts should have a clear line between paragraphs for easy reading.
Please write at least a sentence or two about yourself and link to your own homepage, blog, myspace profile, facebook page or whatever else you'd like to share. Readers may want to know more about you and if you have written more - especially if what you wrote went down well.
What we'd rather not see
We'd rather not see adverts or personal attacks. Use your head and you should be fine. Feel free to disagree with Thanet Star content (especially if stated clearly) but keep to the facts and we'll all be cool.
Great article topics
Here are some topics that might be particularly good for writing about. don't let this list in any way limit you though.
- News stories about Thanet
- Commentary on news and events within or effecting Thanet
- Your reactions to political events
- Your opinion on developments
- A picture of something interesting
- A review of a local product of service
- An introduction to a topic such as local bird spotting or a lessor known club
How to get it to us.
The quickest way is to copy and paste your article into Matt's contact form or you can email Matt
Pst. It's not just writers but photographers and filmmakers can get in on this lark.