NOTE: This contributor ‘scheme’ has ended due to a change in editorial direction. Thank you for the submissions – I have enjoyed reading each and every one of your articles and wish you the best of luck in your future writing endeavours. However, please feel free to send in your blogs and articles to email@example.com. In the near future, I’m thinking of setting up a dedicated page to showcase my favorite creatives, so do get in touch with me if you’re interested!
Hey, fellow writers!
I’m opening up my blog to allow others to share their stories, experiences, and opinions on issues around them. Take a look below and see if you’ll be interested in contributing / guest-blogging on Lhu. Be it one-off articles or serialised columns, we want to hear from you!
WHY! TELL ME WHY!
1. You retain the rights.
Your guest posts will not be exclusive, meaning that you’re still allowed to publish them on your own blog or other websites/content collectives*. The purpose of this guest blogging “programme” is to help your ideas gain more mileage, and in the process, gain a larger and wider pool of audiences that wish to explore the stories of others. It’s also meant to provide an alternative avenue for writers who feel their current piece don’t really ‘belong’ on their own blog. Pulling a Regina George isn’t going to help fulfil that purpose.
2. You will receive genuine promotion and readership.
Believe it or not, Lhu has an audience in over 150 countries.
- Majority of the viewers (90%) are from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Singapore.
- Between December 2014 – April 2015, during which ten posts were published, Lhu averaged over 1,500 unique visitors daily.
- Since December 2014, each post has averaged nearly 19,500 views.
- We know the optimal times to publish your works, and we know the best times to promote them, ensuring your pieces receive maximal attention from our 3,500+ social media followers across multiple platforms.
- On top of the usual social media marketing efforts, your post will be included in the monthly newsletter sent out to some of the biggest supporters of this blog.
- For those who are unacquainted with WordPress, your article will also be featured on the WordPress.com reader where hundreds of my followers are waiting to consume your content.
Unlike others, I’m not going to promise you millions of newly-minted fans that will flock feverishly to your own blog, ready to worship you and hail you their master after your post goes up. The only thing I’ll promise is that people are going to read your posts. I’ve given you the numbers above, and whether you think it’s a viable and worthwhile venture is entirely up to your own consideration. At the end of the day, the receptiveness of the audience is totally up to you and your content. We have the viewership and will do our absolute best to promote the heck out of your content, but the onus on making it perform well should ultimately fall on you.
But rest assured, if we didn’t think your post was worth a shot, we wouldn’t go through that much trouble anyway.
The above stats are provided by WordPress.com, and are accurate as of 14th August 2015. You can validate them for yourself once you’re an author of the blog (more details below).
3. You can link all you want (if relevant).
Let everyone know your website, your Facebook, your Instagram, even your MySpace if you have one.
However, please avoid overt product placements and links to corporate sites. This is meant to increase the exposure of worthy and talented bloggers, not to fulfil your sales or commercial agendas.
THINGS TO TAKE NOTE
1. I think this goes without saying, but only original content will be considered. Lhu prides itself as a place where original ideas get nurtured, polished and published, so please, do not bother sending in duplicate or blatantly copied content.
Every word, phrase and sentence that is sent over will be tightly screened and rigorously scrutinised for plagiarism.
2. Ideally, your topic should be something that belongs in one of the following categories:
- Food, Travel & Fun
If your article doesn’t belong in any of the three categories above, please still feel free to send it over. They are meant to be referenced as ‘blanket terms’, so we aren’t really that strict when it comes to determining what falls into what.
3. Proper grammar and spelling will be greatly appreciated. Your article doesn’t need to have big, fancy words. It’s the message you’re trying to convey that’s important.
4. There are no limits when it comes to word count. However, if the content and the message you’re trying to convey doesn’t warrant or reflect the necessity of the length of your article, it won’t work either.
5. While Lhu attracts a large demographic from many different countries, many whom are open to different viewpoints, the following will not be tolerated:
- Swearing (if it’s unnecessary/doesn’t help with the story; there are surely better ways to express yourself.)
- Intolerant or offensive views / language
- Graphic sexual references
5. If you have images you wish to include in the article, please ensure they are licensed with Creative Commons Zero, commercially licensed, or properly attributed. With regards to the featured image (the thumbnail image & the huge one you see at the top of each article), we will either let you suggest one, or find one for you, no worries.
6. Please do not be offended if we suggest changes to your article. If yours is selected, there will very likely be a round of formatting adjustments and editorial tweaks, although they’re more for correcting minor mistakes and structural errors (if any). Your voice and the way you express yourself should be valued, and we’re not planning to go against that belief. Should you be unsatisfied with any amendments made to your piece, please, by all means, withdraw your article. No hard feelings, I promise!
HOW IT WORKS
1. Send your content over to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line that includes the phrase “Guest Submission”. It could be a link to an already published article, a soon-to-be-finished draft, or just an idea proposal. If Lhu is the sole destination you’re planning to publish on, please get in touch with me regarding your idea so you wouldn’t be wasting any unnecessary time.
2. Formatting is all done on our end. Your files could be in Word, Pages, TextEdit, MS Paint etc. It’s fine. Just attach them and send it over, we’ll finish the rest.
3. If your content is deemed suitable, we’ll invite you to be an author of this blog. If you have an existing WordPress account, great! If not, you’ll have to make one. Then, we’ll request for a short biography of yourself and a display picture.
4. Your article will get published later at a suitable date; could be a day, could be a week (maximum).
5. Marketing efforts will begin in due course in accordance with a customised schedule.
*THE FINE PRINT
1. We can’t share with you the minimal earnings (trust me, it’s really bad) that we earn through the WordAds we run on the blog.
2. Give us at least a week before reposting your work elsewhere. In short, you retain the rights; we retain the premiere rights.
3. This blog enforces a no-censorship rule. Barring the usual formatting adjustments and editorial tweaks, your article will be published exactly like how you submitted it. Should you be unsatisfied with any minor changes made to your piece, please, by all means, withdraw your article. No hard feelings, I promise!
With that being said, should your article requires any form of trimming (due solely to sensitivity reasons), it won’t be considered for publishing.
It is always interesting and enlightening to hear different viewpoints and perspectives, and I hope this platform provides enough of an opportunity for us writers to share our own thoughts, ideas and experiences. With that being said, I can’t wait to receive your submissions and hear what ya’ll have to say about the world around you!
Lhu Wen Kai
p.s. If you have any questions, do send them over to email@example.com. I will be more than happy to answer them.