Guest Bloggers

Do you want to write for Social Discomfort? Great! If you want to be a guest blogger:

What you need to know

1. You must be familiar with WordPress.

You don’t have to know all the ins and outs, but some basic knowledge is necessary. If you need help, I’m more than happy to walk you through stuff, but I’m not going to hold your hand while you write your post. You have to be able to write and format the post yourself.

If you’ve never used WordPress before, I suggest getting a free blog at wordpress.com and getting a feel for it. If you can use Microsoft Word, you should be fine.

2. Your topic must fit into one or more of the categories established on the site.

This is pretty self-explanatory and obvious. If it doesn’t fit, it’s not getting published. Nothing personal.

3. Your post must follow the following guidelines.

  • Links are fine, and links to your own work are fine, as long as they’re relevant and not excessive. Otherwise, I will ask you to edit or remove them and resubmit.
  • Images are fine, and are in fact encouraged. However, you must provide proper attribution or otherwise show that you have permission to use the image. For the image link, provide the original url for the image so I can make sure it’s okay to use. Copyright infringement does not fly here. A good source for images is Flickr Creative Commons (please use “attribution only” images). If there is a problem with your images, I will ask you to fix or remove them and resubmit.
  • At the top of the post, if you like, you may include a byline with a link to your own blog – “This is a guest post by [your name] from [your blog link].” If you don’t, provided you filled out your profile, you will still have your author box at the bottom of the post.

IMPORTANT – By submitting your post to be published, you are agreeing to the following terms:

  • Your post must not be published elsewhere. You may post on the same subject on other sites, but the post itself must be original. I will check before I publish.
  • If I find later that you have republished your post somewhere else after I publish it here, I will contact you and ask you to remove the duplicate content from the new site. If you do not, I will disable your access to your user account, remove the content, and replace it with a note indicating why it was removed.
  • I will publish (and keep) original content only. (Note – if your content gets stolen and republished, let me know, and I won’t remove it from this site because of duplicate content issues. I understand that some things are beyond your control, and I’m not heartless.)

What you need to do

Contact me

You contact me on the form below and tell me you want to be a guest blogger. Make sure you tell me what you want for your username (which cannot be changed later) and password (you can change your password at any time, and if you forget it, I can give you a new one).

I’ll set you up with an account on the site that will allow you to log in, write your post, add photos or other media, and save it or submit for review. Then, I’ll email you the link to the login page.

Set up your profile

When you first log in to this account, please take the time to set up your profile, complete with contact info for Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, if you have them. Please make sure you fill out BOTH contact info and fancier author box user details, as well as a short biography. This will all show in your author box once your post is published, and it will correctly attribute you as the author when the post shows in Google search results. The more complete this page is, the better it is for you. Think of it as free advertisement.

Write your post

After you write and submit (not just save) your post, I will:

  • publish it, OR
  • make minor edits such as spelling and grammar corrections and then publish, OR
  • let you know what changes need to be made for you to resubmit.

If for some reason I choose NOT to publish your post, I will let you know why and you can remove the entire thing and publish elsewhere if you like. Your work belongs to you. You’re not obligated to keep it here until it’s published, and I will not publish until you submit.

Questions? You can ask those here too.

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