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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Wanted: Guest Bloggers

Got something to say about writing, art, inspiration, creativity, motivation, process, craft, literature, reading...or possibly cheese?

Got something that writers or book lovers REALLY need to see?

Want to respond to something I've written, even if it's to completely disagree with me and tell me I smell like soup? And not that I smell like the good kind of soup that reminds you of childhood winters, but something with weird goat cheese, too much salt, and seasonings that make you wonder if the meat has maybe gone off.

Want to take advantage of my (currently) 50,000+ page views per month and advertise your own online endeavors in a thinly veiled self-pimp-a-thon wrapped in the "sheep's clothing" of an article?  (For which I will only demand a shout out in return.)

Want to put an article or three out in the world, be read by lots of readers, but without having to start your own blog and piss off all your friends by pimping yourself on Facebook all day long?  Or just want to try blogging on for size a few times before you start one of your own?

Then I want you!

Bring it!  Drop me an e-mail.  (chris.brecheen@gmail.com) As long as what you want to write is mostly coherent, at least obliquely about writing, no more than 82% horribly offensive to everyone ever, non-abusive to other readers, doesn't make me cry (except in the good way), contains at least one vulgarity, innuendo, or salvo of F-Bombs--to maintain the [lack of] decorum-- I will totally publish your article.  I can't promise that if you write an article on why I'm wrong about everything ever in my face that I won't write some kind of rebuttal, but all opinions on writing are welcome--even ones antithetical to mine. (I do reserve the right to refuse a post for any reason, but I promise that reason won't be because I disagree with you.)

And...if you're one of my regular guest bloggers, I'll even give you your own link on The Reliquary (unless you'd rather I didn't).

Here are some guidelines so we don't waste each other's time:

  • If you send me offers to do web content, I mark your mail as spam. I know when I'm looking at a legitimate offer for a guest blog.
  • If you are a robot I will mark you as spam. Unless you can do dishes. Robots that do dishes are welcome.
  • If you can't figure out what this blog is about, and offer to do articles about steam roofing or something, I'll mark your mail as spam. I'm not just web content here; this blog has a theme and everything.
  • Please read the paragraph below the bullet points very carefully.
  • Your writing is yours. I'm going to ask that you let the post run on my page for a while before you cross post it, but ultimately I respect that as the generator of the creative effort, your writing is yours. If you ask me to remove it, I will. If you repost it somewhere else, that's okay.
  • There are no author passwords to Writing About Writing--you'll submit your article to me. I will post them if they are good enough to post. Please keep your formatting easy to copy and paste, or it may look a little janky when I post it.
  • I will be as liberal as I can about gate keeping, but you do have to be able to write a little. An incoherent rant about the tyranny of grammar probably won't be approved.
  • You don't have to agree with me, but I'm not going to post wildly divergent social positions. If you want to write about how the PC police are agents of "Obummer the Mooozlim" won't let you even use the word "tard" anymore, go start your own blog.
  • I won't make any content changes to your writing, but I may make some copy edits. If a proofreading change might change your meaning, I will run it by you.
  • Please fucking read the paragraph below.
  • When I say "I will make some edits" I want you to understand that I'm not a copy editor even though I can do okay (on writing that isn't my own). I'm not here to fix up a post from scratch that you didn't have time to proofread. Clean it up.
  • You may link out as much as you want (even self-promotional links), but I'm going to check them all--if they go to spammy shit, I won't publish your article. 
  • Please, for the love of all that is holy, and in the name of Hera's left nipple, read the goddamned fucking paragraph below.
  • If your post is a giant fucking commercial for some product, then you need to be paying me for advertising space. And if your product isn't awesome, that's not going to happen anyway. Thinly veiled self promotion under the auspices of something that at least resembles an article is totally okay though–just know that it might not get a lot of hits. I only get about 250-300 views guaranteed, and after that my traffic comes from social media proliferation. If the article isn't also GOOD, it isn't going anywhere.
  • Seriously, read the paragraph below.

The very important paragraph: 

W.A.W. is a tiny blog that makes less than a single person's food budget in a given month (not to mention rent or electricity), however I am loathe to offer a writer only "exposure. If you write a blog for me I will offer you a couple of dollars or 2% of the month's proceeds (whichever is more).  If your article brings in heavy traffic, I will figure out some way to give you more. (Plus of course if someone sends me a donation earmarked for a guest blogger, I will pass the money onto them and even cover the Paypal fee.) It may not add up to much (unless you get millions of hits or write for me a lot) but if it came from your work, I'll make sure I'm not taking advantage of you. Of course if you forgo this payment, I'll credit you with a donation to the blog (including putting part of it toward children's literacy charities). If you want the cold hard cash instead, I'll make sure to hook you up with the twos of dollars you make.


  1. Hi Chris
    My word this was a lot to take in, I actually was reading Peter's blog on Wikinut and decided to take a look at what you are up to. I would say that I am still in nappies when it comes to writing but I do want to learn as much as I can. I have written some guest articles for an Insurance Company. I wonder what I could contribute to your blog page? I really want to think about it. Great blog space and I like your straight forward approach.

    Well I hope you have an excellent weekend, cheers Yvette

  2. Thank you for posting this; it's the best explained set of guest blogging policies I've seen to date.

  3. You inspire me Chris.....maybe it's your obsession with writing that echoes something deep in my soul....funny, a friend shared your Facebook content and that's how I found you. As an aspiring writer (hoping to get legit income from writing) you make me feel less alone in this crazy universe. Go figure....

  4. Hello Chris.
    I found your blog via Facebook. It's been a wonderful ride ever sinc. I have read tones of amazing articles on writing. I telly should give the guest blogging a shot. Thanks.

  5. Wow! OK Chris. I love your policies . I'm in