Thursdays is usually for our regular bloggers like Claire, Amy, and Bethany, or one of our many guest bloggers, but I'm digging through the e-mails and I don't see any articles left, so I guess today is a day for encouraging more people to join our diaspora of voices.
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 lose all your friends by pimping yourself on Facebook all day long? ("Ugh. All they do is talk about themselves! They don't take pictures of their lunch like me!") 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. (email@example.com) As long as what you want to write is mostly coherent, at least obliquely about writing, no more than 82% horribly offensive to white males, 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 crucial lack of decorum, and is more advanced than a lesson I might teach my middle schoolers, 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 or addendum, 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.
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. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me fifteen times and destroy my hard drive so that I have to get a new computer, shame on me.
- 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. Make it about the inspiration and creative process of steam roofing AT LEAST!
- 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 articles to me. I will post them if they are good enough to post.
- If you skipped all that dull text up above, this blog is about writing, art, inspiration, creativity, motivation, process, craft, literature, reading, and maybe cheese. Don't skip the paragraph below though.
- 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, particularly about writing stuff, but I'm not going to post wildly divergent social positions, humor that punches down, or deeply problematic phrasing. Anything I post here isn't an "I agree with this 100%!" endorsement, but if I hit publish on it, I'm going to be the one to answer for it. If you want to write about how the PC police are agents of "Obummer the Mooozlim," and they 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 Zues's godly butthole, 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 200 views on articles that aren't liked or reshared through some social media. If my readers don't like something, it will NOT do very well. If they do like the article, well they know where the share button is.
- Seriously, read the paragraph below.
The very important paragraph:
W.A.W. makes no money from ad revenue. All our revenue is from donations and it amounts to a few dollars a day. However, I will not take the hard work of a writer with nothing but the promise of "exposure." It might not be more than a dollar or two for a solid article or a few bucks more if something goes viral, but I will pay all my writers something. Even though thus far, all my guest bloggers have asked that their blogging payment be counted as a donation to W.A.W., if you want or need your couple of dollars, I'll be glad to Paypal you (or work out something else if you don't do Paypal.) 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–that's for them, not me. 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.
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