Here at Baha’i Blog we’re always looking for contributions from new writers, so whether you’re a seasoned wordsmith or an inexperienced newbie, we would love to have you on board.
If you’re interested in trying your hand at blogging about the Baha’i Faith and have an idea for a blog post that you think would fit right in, then we’d love to hear from you!
Here’s how it all works:
Not An Official Baha’i Site
First of all it’s important to remember that Baha’i Blog is not an official Baha’i site and it’s purely an individual initiative operating as a not-for-profit entity. We mention this because it’s important that your articles are not written in a way that could be perceived by readers as authoritative — potentially leading them to believe that this is an official site.
We seek to uphold the Baha’i Blog Editorial Values in all we do and they apply to all our published content, whether developed by the Baha’i Blog editorial team or other contributors/writers. Fundamentally, Baha’i Blog is committed to conducting its services within the framework of the Baha’i Teachings and the truths they enshrine.
Posts should be written in a conversational and personal tone and anecdotes are great!
Also, make sure you try to stay on topic and the subject of the post is always the main focus. It’s easy to use the topic to talk about yourself, but make sure you use your own personal experience as a vehicle to discuss the topic rather than the topic being the vehicle to talk about you.
100% Original Content
All Baha’i Blog posts/articles must be 100% original content, which means they haven’t been published anywhere else before, whether on or offline.
Our posts/articles are licensed under a Creative Commons License, which essentially means that they can be shared (copied and redistributed in whole), but can not be used for commercial purposes; and that both you, as the author, and Baha’i Blog must be given credit.
The length of most posts should be approximately 1,000 words (including quotations), but this also depends on the type of post you’re writing. So for example, a ’round-up’ post like 10 Great Introductory Books on the Baha’i Faith, or a ‘news-type’ post like one about the release of the Frontiers of Learning film doesn’t necessarily need to be that long, but an average full-length post like Some Background to What’s Been Happening to the Baha’is in Iran should sit around the 1,000 word mark.
Stand-alone Posts Only Please
All of our posts must ‘stand-alone’, which means that we do not accept posts written as a series (ie, Part 1, Part 2,). You can of course link to other relevant posts, but our readers should be able to read your post without having to have read posts in any particular order.
We take copyright very seriously and the images we use for our posts are extremely important to us. We generally buy images from PhotoDune or use images from the Baha’i Media Bank and Flickr, which have a Creative Commons license. We’re happy to have you recommend images for your post from any of these sites, or even images that you own yourself.
Baha’i Blog is a Half Light Media project, a not-for-profit organization aimed at serving the needs of the global Baha’i community through the use of the arts and various avenues of media. Because we’re a not-for-profit, we obviously appreciate all the help we can get, so contributing your time to write for us free of charge is always appreciated, but we’ve also managed to get a little bit of funding so we can pay for posts if you prefer. Once you’ve had your first article published on Baha’i Blog, you will be eligible to receive US$60 for each additional (1,000 word) post of yours that gets published on the blog.
If you like how all of this sounds and you’d like to write for us – or if you have any questions – then please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you introduce yourself, and list the titles of a few potential articles/posts you’d like to write, and don’t forget to try a quick search on Baha’i Blog in case the topic has already been covered.