Hello friends! Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a lovely first week of March. I’m so excited to see what this month has in store for me, I’ve actually been well motivated to achieve each one of my goals for this month and believe I will reach them all! Speaking of goals, one of my ultimate goals was to get featured on The Huffington Post, a one-time feature would have been beyond satisfying. Surprisingly, not only did I get featured sooner than I thought, I was also personally emailed by Arianna Huffington herself to join their blogger’s community. As a Huffington Post blogger we are independent contractors, this means we’re welcomed to write on their platform whenever we want, about what ever we want, as long as it’s approved by their editor’s team! Awesome right?! This may not be a paid opportunity for me at the moment, however, the exposure and recognition is absolutely worth it. Today’s blog post is dedicated to all you writers/bloggers that are anticipating to get featured or even become a Huffington Post writer. I’m going to be descriptive about the whole processs! Be sure to be diligent about each point and really take into consideration before you submit your work of art (because after all writers and bloggers are artists too!) Hope this helps!
*Again, this is how I got on Huffington Post, I’m sure there are other techniques people have used, but this is what worked for me! Please keep that in mind, xo.
How Did I Get Published?
Back when I still blogged over at For The Lovely Days, I decided to send Arianna Huffington an email. The outline of the message went something like this – Brief intro of who I am and where I blog | The reason I am contacting her | What I have to offer (my writing goals, why should I get featured). Before I sent the email I made sure to let her know I attached my writing piece at the bottom. You want to attach as a WORD DOC and also copy n paste the article because sometimes they’d rather just read it in the body of the email instead of opening up a document. Include your signature before you paste the article. For those who’d like to contact Arianna, her email address is as follows:
Did I have submissions rejected before getting accepted?
No, I thought I did because it had been 2-3 weeks before I heard back from Arianna. I then decided to submit another article to her. The same concept, except this time the article was about a different topic. A few days later I received an email from her regarding my first submission, she invited me to join their blogger’s community and said she was going to forward the email to her editor’s team. That same day I received another email from her regarding my second submission and basically said she had already forwarded my articles to the editor’s. They contacted me to provide log-in details and such. I WAS BEYOND THRILLED!
Other notes and tips for those ready to take this leap and get featured/invited to blog?
There is NO right time, NOW is your time to take this chance! I’m only a beginner, less than a year into blogging and I built the confidence to submit my pieces. I knew my writing would be recognized and so can yours! Your articles don’t have to be new ones, you can submit one of the best posts from your blog. I used the same topic and titles, but added/changed a lot of content. Here are a few tips to check before submitting your post, follow them and be sure to let me know how it goes!
· 500 to 1000 words
- Their most effective posts fall in the 500 to 1000 range; greater length may be too long to hold a reader’s attention.
- If your post is especially long, it may take them longer to get to it, or they may tell you that it is not right for them.
- Stay away from too controversial topics. You want to radiate a good message, positive writing is key here.
- Let your voice be heard, speak your opinion/thoughts, try not to offend others though.
- Write about something that matters to you! They have a wide range of sections for you to choose from. A few examples: motherhood, women empowerment, food (I’m serious lol), fashion, religion, home, arts & culture, comedy, sports, travel, wedding, politics, etc.
· “This Is a Sample Title for HuffPost From the Editor’s”
- Capitalize the first letter of every word, except for articles and prepositions three letters or less (so “From” is capitalized, but “for” is not; “Is” always gets capitalized)
- Clear, descriptive titles work better than cute or punny ones. What would you enter into Google if you were trying to find this article? That’s usually the best way to start your title.
- NO CAPS, but if you want to emphasize a word, you can add italics.
For my Huffington Post page & articles see here: Huffington Post Blog
So that is it! I know this post may have been a bit lengthy, but I wanted to make sure I covered every detail. If you have further questions or comments feel free to reach out to me. Have a great weekend loves!