Congratulations - you have taken a huge first step in your writing! We are so delighted that you are part of our blogger network!
What do I write about?
Ideally, your writing will be about a specific topic that is relatable to others - ask a question about a certain topic, discuss the emotions of having your child start school, outline your own personal birth story, pondering about motherhood or fatherhood, rants about everything from bump touching to comments about your post-baby body and everything else in between. Our bloggers are ultra-relatable, never judgemental and always supportive but honest. Copy should be no more than 1000 words long. Paragraphs should be short and punchy.
Will you change my work?
We might slightly adjust your headline to make it more social media-friendly as we know what works when it comes to getting as many people as possible to read your writing. We may change the formatting or correct typos. If there are any major changes or we have questions we will send the article back to you for changes. Once we are all happy with how it looks we publish it.
Any dos or don'ts?
We won't be able to publish any work that blatantly promotes products or services or contains any external links. The only link will be the one from your Author biography at the end of the article which links to your blog or pages.
In the coming weeks, we will be sending you the image of a MummyPages Voices badge that you can proudly display on your blog. This should also link through to your author page on the website.
Contact us on, firstname.lastname@example.org Let's get started! We look forward to receiving your work!
Here's the science part:
1. We will send you log-in details which will give you access to our online system. You can find it here: https://ses.sheologydigital.com/login
2. It will bring you to your own hub where you can write your story, add images and preview your article. It should look similar to this.
3. Click on add new article to get started.
4. Leave both MummyPages boxes ticked. Write your chosen Title, leave Excerpt blank and write your story in the Textbox or copy and paste your article. It is important to put DOUBLE SPACING between all your paragraphs and keep your paragraphs short. Try to keep your writing to under 1000 words if possible. All that is left is adding your images and finally a feature image. You can ignore everything else. Choose a non-posed picture or one that you have taken yourself to illustrate your writing, make sure they are landscape and get the permission of anyone that is in the picture before submitting it. If you have access to Shutterstock or Twenty20 you can find some really nice images. Try to steer away from any that look too posed. Keep in mind that bright, pretty and natural photos do best.
5. When you click on the blue box called Upload for your featured image it should invite you to upload files from your own computer. We usually advise that your image is 1000 x 667 pixels which you can adjust using a free imaging site like Canva.com. When you find your preferred image click upload. It gives you the option to remove, view or adjust the picture which you shouldn't need to do once you have formatted it correctly. Don't forget to also upload the same feature image to the top of your article. This version should be 600 x 400 centred.
6. How do you add pictures?
Decide where you are going to put your image in the body of your article. Click on the little window icon in your toolbar and click on it.
It will bring you into a window like this:
Choose your image and try to get the settings 600 x 400 pixels and centre it.
7. When you are happy with your headline (punchy) grammar and formatting. Click submit and we will receive your article. We will take a look at either get back with comments or go ahead and publish. If it gets the go-ahead, your article will usually appear on MummyPages.ie and MummyPages.co.uk unless it is very specific to one country. You will find it under the VOICES section on the homepage. We will then usually push it out on our social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. (Make sure you follow us on Facebook MummyPages Voices)
8. Pop online and get involved with your readers - add comments and get engaging! Congratulations - you now have a platform for all your work. Share with your friends and let's get the conversation started.
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