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Writing Guidlines

Thanks for your interest in writing for ChristianBlogge.rs on either a one off or regular arrangement. If you have found this page by accident and want to submit an article either check out our regular author submission page or one off guest post submission page.

Bellow are a few important writing guidelines. Feel free to come back and check them out later.

General Guidlines

  • Your article must be about either something Christian related or blogging related (or even both!)
  • If you write a Christian blog post then for it can be a devotional, exploring a section of the bible or theme from the bible, or just a story about God. (or something else, we are very open here). However, please only submit these as one off posts, we want to give many writers a chance to share their writing here not just a couple of people over and over again.
  • Every article must be original, in so much as anything can ever be original! Basically don’t rip anyone off and don’t submit something that is already on your blog.
  • Likewise, once it is published you can’t repost it on your own blog in it’s entirety, an extract is fine but a complete reposting isn’t.
  • Please cite all your sources. If you find out about a story from a certain site, then reference it in the bottom. Either [Via: Link-Name] or [HT: Link-Name]
  • All Images must be legal and reusable. [see more bellow]
  • You will have a link to yourself in the Author Bio section.
  • You can link to your own writing in the post but only do so where relevant.
  • We’d love it if you link to other people in your posts as well, but as above, keep it relevant.
  • All posts should be over 300 and preferably 400 words. You can write very long or very short posts, we publish both, but try to make it as long as it needs to be but cut out anything you don’t need. Remember you can always write a series of posts.

Writing

  • It’s best to draft in a word editor, it’s really annoying when you finish Writing and WordPress doesn’t save it properly.
  • Use a spell check (I’m sure you do but this is for everyone’s peace of mind
  • Check you’re your grammar and punctuation

Style

  • You are welcome to use whatever form of English you are most familiar with (British, American, etc) but try to stick to the same spelling through out.
  • Likewise, we aren’t picky about using the Serial/Oxford comma or not but stick to the same system throughout.
  • Use Header 3 for main headings and Header 4 tags for subheadings
  • Capitalise every word in a headline and only the main words in sub-headlines (no prepositions)
  • Use bold, Italics, and UPPERCASE for emphasis but don’t go over the top! Think of Italics as an elongated word when you speak where as bold is a louder word.

Images

  • We encourage using images in posts, try to use one every post and an additional one every 500 or so words (if you can find one that’s fine! it’s better to not have an image then a bad one!)
  • Make sure you can legally use these images! This is important, we don’t want a lawsuit on our hands! And we believe that a worker is worth their pay and that stealing is wrong (even when we don’t intend to).
  • All images must be hosted on the blog (not a URL link)
  • Either set a featured image for each post [using a 180 x 180 thumbnail] or use an image before the MORE tag.
  • Add keywords to the Alt description.
  • Cite images at the end of the post with [image via NAME-SITE]
  • Compfight is a great an easy site to find pictures you can use and instantly creates a link for the picture.
  • Read this article for more advice on using Images.

SEO

Don’t worry if you can’t do this part, we’ll help you out here but you might want to consider it when writing. Ultimately we want it to be nice for people not Google and we’d rather have posts that people enjoy reading than are good for getting search traffic. If doing these harm your the quality of the writing, then don’t.

  • Try to give your post a catchy and attention grabbing title.
  • Try to think about words that people would use to find this information if they wrote it into a search engine.
  • Try to use the “keywords” in your opening paragraph.
  • Try to make a keyword Bold where appropriate.
  • If you are a regular writer then try to fill in the SEO information box, it’s good practice.

 

Okay, now we’ve covered that, go and check out the guest post page or author page.

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