I read a lot of your blog posts everyday and I have to say, I am so impressed. Many of you are already blogging on healthy living issues and I know many of you have clever, insightful, wise, informative, funny, fabulous voices to add to the conversation.
I love featuring your posts (which just means that I move it up from the Raw Feed to the Editor's Picks section where more people can read it and where you can get more comment love) and I am looking for more great posts to feature. If you want to boost your chances of getting your post featured on healthy living, please read the tips and tricks listed below. Oh, and don't forget to have a good time with this all (it shows!).
I love posts that:
- Are clever, funny and smart commentary or newsy, informative and insightful reports. They always always always should be well-written.
- Are spell-checked and grammar-checked. Sometimes I feel a bit like a sixth grade teacher with my red pen out, but we all know that posts that are error-free are so much easier to read and so much more compelling. Have the confidence in your message to make sure all those typos are taken care of before you hit publish!
- Have proper links to journal articles or news stories or other blog posts when a statistic, idea you are riffing off of or current event is referenced.
- Have photos and credit the photographer. Upload your own photos (and be sure to give credit to yourself at the end of the post) or choose from one of the gazillion free stock photo sites. My favorite is stock.xchng. Just be sure to tip your hat to the artist (even if that's you).
- Are concise. Three paragraphs is good. Sometimes you will need more space to say what you want to say and that is all good. Just please don't write a thesis.
- Have tips and take-aways that will serve the reader well. Be sure to bold those tips.
- Have some meat. That is, have a point. Something to say. A clear vision. Don't ramble. You get my drift.
- Use sentence case in titles. That is, the first letter of the first word in the title should be capitalized. The rest should be lower case.
Your post title should look like this:
How to get your booty in gear in 12 weeks
not like this:
How To Get Your Booty In Gear In 12 Weeks
The exception is a regular feature (you know them as Body of Work, Constant Dieter, Life with Cancer and others).If you are interested in writing a regular feature, feel free to get in touch and pitch your ideas!
What are some topics I can write about for Healthy Living?
- Fitness, exercise and working out in all its glorious forms and varieties.
- Body image, size acceptance and self-esteem issues, triumphs and challenges.
- Natural, organic and toxic-free living.
- Spirituality, centeredness, meditation, de-stressing and all the stuff we all need to do more often.
- Your own journey to health.
- Anything about getting your body moving, blood pumping and endorphins up.
- The list goes on and on and on...
Where can my post be featured?
- On the Healthy Living page.
- In one of the schmancy boxes at the top of the Healthy Living page.
- On the Shine homepage.
- And possibly, the Yahoo! homepage.
Why is this so fabulous?
Because people will be reading your writing! On the internets! How cool is that?!
Contact me here.
See you in the features, my friends!
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