One of the most powerful ways of sharing experiences, a point-of-view, or perspective on a particular topic is by storytelling. You don't need to have come from a journalism background to be able to put some words together about your experience as a parent. From work-life balance, an anecdote about your quirky family, to lessons learned from a painful separation - you can write about whatever you feel you have to share about parenting and fatherhood. Our dads love to hear from experts in the field, and other dads – so why not share your views and insight by becoming a DAD.info blog contributor. Send us your finished piece...
We receive a good few blog submissions per day, so we can’t get back to every submission sent in unfortunately, but there are some simple things you can do to maximise your chances of being published… (p.s. we will send you a quick note if we publish your blog). Be sure to read the guidelines before you submit your content.
Some guidelines to stick to…
1) A mix of topics
You can write on a range of topics from: kids, technology, an epiphany… to mental health, teenagers, tantrums and separation. Our content always aims to help, educate and influence fatherhood for the better.
Your blog should have integrity and reflect the desirable values of the modern-day father, who is self-confident, dependable, focused and loving, whilst still being exciting, daring, funny and imaginative. We want content which champion father’s rights without being militant in its approach - it’s the voice of reasoned debate rather than heated action. Try to add some good humour, if your topic allows it. We don’t like rants, offensive/explicit content, or toxic. Please keep that in mind.
3) Keep it fairly short, and simple
We recommend that posts are between 500-800 words. Aim to use language that is engaging, persuasive and written for a wide audience. Blogs must be in the first person, opinion-led and preferably with a UK angle with a beginning, middle and end. Basically, we believe the most passionate, newsy or topical blogs are the best.
4) Write to provide insight
Blogs must be written with a view to people who might not know, or even care, about what you’re writing about. It must be persuasive and offer a new perspective on an important issue to our readers.
5) We’re not going to plug something…
We won’t run anything too press release-like, pluggy, niche or business-to-business, or anything that’s being used for SEO/linking/marketing purposes. Our blogs are all about starting conversations so they need to get genuinely held opinion and from the heart.
6) It’s your blog
Blog posts hosted on the DAD.info belong to you. We don't pay bloggers to host their posts for them, but once your blog is posted – you can link to your website, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon if you've written books, or to a charity you support.
We won’t change a word of what is written other than for house style, typos, grammar or legal issues.
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