A couple of weeks ago Michelle and I sent out a request for guest bloggers. We have had many people express an interest. We have now finished the guidelines, which I will share today. At the bottom of the guidelines is a link so you can download or save the guidelines as a PDF. We hope to use guest bloggers on a regular basis, so if at any point you think of an idea, just contact us :)
GUEST BLOGGER GUIDELINES
Why are you using guest bloggers? As you know, Wee Folk Art is a totally free site. We do not charge for any of our tutorials or patterns. Our rationale is simple. We are trying to simplify our lives and become more responsible consumers. We know there are a lot of other people out there trying to do the same thing, and we support their efforts. By offering free directions and patterns, we hope to encourage and support others that want safe, inexpensive and high quality items for their children and their homes, but, lately, we are finding times when could use a little help maintaining the quality of Wee Folk Art. And who better to ask for help, than our readers that enjoy our site. There are times when having someone else around to help us out would be amazing… thus the request for guest blogs :)
Do you have an idea for a guest blog? Great! Pitch your idea for a blog, you know, tell us about your idea and why you think our readers would like to, well, read what you have to say. Include your name and a little personal background. Give us a link to your blog and/or shop so we can poke around a bit :) Send all the info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will let you know ASAP whether or not it is an article we would like you to submit.
So… what should you write about? Oh, any number of things, but try to capture the look and feel of Wee Folk Art. Remember, we are predominantly a crafting blog, and we use mainly natural materials. So, if you share a crafting tutorial, ask yourself, would I see this type of craft on Wee Folk Art? But your article does not have to be just a crafting tutorial. It can be educational, i.e. share a post on how sheep are shorn or how maple syrup is made. It can be instructional; i.e. explain to our readers how to get the most out of a trip to the library with children or how to wash wool items. Be creative!
What are your requirements for submitting articles? Submissions should be original, solely your own work, and not previously published. Not to worry. We respect your creative efforts. You will maintain ownership of the article, photos and/or patterns. We do ask that you do not publish the article anywhere else for 1 full month after it appears on Wee Folk Art. After that, you can repost the article on your blog or use it in any way you wish. Your article will remain in our archives.
How do you go about submitting your completed articles? Your article should be emailed to email@example.com as an attached Word document. Photos should be sent in .jpg or .png files, your photos should be named, and should be cropped to 500 pixels wide. (This is the size we use on the blog.) Photos should be sent as attachments, not embedded within your document. Please indicate within your document where photos should be located by placing the name of the photo inside parentheses. Example: Blanket stitch around bottom edge. (bottomedge.jpg)
There is no specific “length”. Make it as long as required… not one word less or one word more than necessary :) Do yourself proud… edit your work and use your very “bestest” grammar and spelling. We do reserve the right to edit your article, but really folks, we aren’t the best editors! Please send us your piece “blog ready”!
Photos are very important at Wee Folk Art. For nearly a third of our readers, English is not their first language. Let’s face it, the online translators do a noble job, but often, something is lost in the translation! Part of the success of Wee Folk Art is the support our tutorials get from numerous and high quality photos. Tutorials should include enough photos to make explanations clear. Other types of articles should include enough photos to make the article interesting. We all love photos, right? Make sure you have enough photos to enhance your article. As with the article itself, we reserve the right to crop or enhance color of the photos. Photos should be sent without watermarks.
When submitting an article, make sure to include your name, email address, and the URL for your blog and/or shop.
Will submitting my article guarantee that it will be published? Although we do not wish to hurt anyone’s feelings, submission of an article does not guarantee it will be published on Wee Folk Art. What would prevent us from publishing your article?
• If your article’s intentions or directions are unclear or riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes.
• If your photos are of a poor quality, the wrong size and/or format or if there are not enough photos for support the article.
• If your article is self-serving, promoting a shop or your blog instead of providing Wee Folk Art’s readers with learning or entertaining experience.
If your submission is rejected for any reason, we will let you know why, and if you would like, you can make corrections and resubmit.
If my submission is selected, when will it be published? The most honest answer is, I don’t know. We are using guest bloggers to help fill in voids on the blog when we are unable to blog for a few days. We will keep your article on file, and whenever possible, will let you know several days in advance before it is published.
How will I be given credit for my submission? We will give you a by-line for your submission (if you do not want your real name used, include the username you would like us to use). We encourage you to give us a brief (2-6 sentences) bio of yourself, and a personal photo. (Not necessary but we all like to “meet” authors :) We will also link to your blog and/or shop, so remember to include the URL for your blog and/or shop.
And, given this plethora or requirements, you’re probably asking… why am I doing this? What do I get out of this?
• Exposure: Being a guest blogger gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself and your talents to our readers. You can count on new readers visiting your blog and/or shop.
• Gratitude: You would receive a heartfelt thank you and gratitude from Michelle and I. We strive hard to create a blog that is inspirational to our readers. Anyone that helps us accomplish that goal is a star in our eyes!
• Nifty Button: You will be able to place a special button on your site that lets your readers know your talents were showcased on Wee Folk Art. How cool is that, right? We will email you the button when your article has been accepted for publication.
Thank you for your interest in being a guest blogger on Wee Folk Art. We continually strive to make Wee Folk Art a high quality experience for our readers. We hope that you will feel the same pride as we do by contributing to our site. If you have any questions throughout the experience, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimara and Michelle