Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet, the place where the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet gets to write WHATEVER he wants and simply hopes that someone will read it and possibly be kind enough to comment proving that he is not all alone out there in Cyberspace… 😉
Well today I write about Huffington Post and my experience of it. I have written several posts for this internet publication, a selection of which can be found HERE and so why not follow the link and get me some likes and comments on there, you may even like to follow the links to HuffPo itself and get me liking and sharing on their website…. You know you want to guys, come on, tit for tat, I will tell you how to write for them if you do…..
Ah, what am I say, I am going to tell you anyway…..
Many of you have asked over the past few months how I was able to get to write for the publication, so here to please a my friends at least (Dan Alatorre – Author, Half Baked In Paradise and Fatty McCupcakes to name but a few) I am going to tell you the story of how I was able to write for Huffington Post.
Back in January of 2015, after setting up this blog, writing my Home pages, my About pages at al, I began to post on a daily basis, finding there was something cathartic about writing so much, getting things “off of my chest”, writing about my hopes and fears for the coming year, sharing my story about waiting for weight loss surgery. So much so I began to look for other outlets for what I had to say.
I found various publications on the internet but had been more drawn to Huffington Post due to it’s sheer presence in the world of online publications, so I decided to investigate.
The first thing I did was to read some of the content so I could gauge the type of posts they would be likely to post, I then began to hunt around and look for a way of contacting them. After searching for a while I realised that that if I simply went to the front page of the publication and scrolled to the very foot of the page I would probably find what I was looking for and Voila! There it was. The Contact Us link….
Simple I thought, I clicked on it and followed the link across to its page where I was then able to find instructions on what to do. The UK Blog (the one which I submit to) had a simple piece saying:
Send us a blog-pitch
Email us at UKBlogTeam@Huffingtonpost.com to pitch an idea for a blog post to the HuffPost Blog Team
Could’t be easier I thought.
I was wrong.
I then had to dream up something funny and erudite, something worthy of being published on a well read on-line paper. Well that was me done for!
So I started to spit ball ideas in a word document and as I formulated my first post I decided that it may be wise to get the official contact going with the guys in the know so I sent an email registering my interest discussing the possibility of submitting some work. Well I can only assume that the person I sent it to had plenty of time on her hands because firstly she read a no doubt poorly worded email from a clueless newbie blogger and obviously taking pity on him, decided to encourage his dreams of submitting.
I am afraid to say that I have no idea of her name now, although I know is that she was super helpful, taking time to explain the type of thing they looked for, the word count, the language and the things people liked to read about. In my case Weight Loss was definitely one of them so it was happy days.
I replied with a “leave it with me” type comment and went away armed with everything required for a pitch submission following their guidelines down to a tee.
Well all I can say is they must have liked what I wrote as they came back almost immediately and said they would like to publish it in it’s entirety even if it was 350 words longer than they would normally publish – oops!
Or so I thought….
I then decided that I would write a piece for them once a week and try to build my readership on there. At first this was easy with plenty to say and write about that was separate to the blog posts. I usually went over on the word count and was usually let through even with my total dis-regard for their submission rules, but eventually they applied them to me forcing me to trim back the count on successive posts until I was regularly hitting the 800 word limit.
Unfortunately, since my huge start coming quickly out of the blocks at a rate of knots, after a while I found I struggled for the time required to write this extra piece, then I struggled for the content and thus it kind of fell by the wayside. I suppose it is a little sad really and a bit of a missed opportunity however, after writing this post for today, I have logged back into my account and having updated my Profile information, have decided to re-kindle my interest in the submissions and will attempt to try again.
So there you go. Probably more luck than judgement that I get to write for such a huge organisation but I suppose I simply got lucky and now CamerON writes for HuffingtON (that was for Fiona, it was too good and opportunity to miss…) All I can say is give it a go. Follow the Contact Us link on your countries HuffPo website and see if you can’t do the same.
It really does bring a smile to your face… 🙂
Stay out of the fridge.