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A Newbie’s Guide to Writing for the Huffington Post

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about becoming a contributor to HuffPo, so I decided to write this guide that I hope will help others. A few disclaimers First, I am new to HuffPo. I can only write about my personal experience and what I have gleaned from reading about the experiences of others, so your results may vary. Second, in 2015, HuffPo changed its contributor platform. I’m on the new platform, but I’ve tried to educate myself about the legacy/old platform. There are some important differences between the new platform and the legacy platform.  I’ll explain those … Read More

How A Non-Human Leveled Up My Writing

How A Non-Human Leveled Up My Writing

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Some of the links on this site are affiliate links for products/services we think may be of interest to our readers. Beyond Your Blog is a participant in the ProWritingAid Program as well as other affiliate programs. Our full disclosure policy can be found here. Letting a computer program suggest non-spelling-related edits to my writing has never been something I have taken seriously. Much like Groundhog Day it seemed like a cute idea that would yield very little useable information. I was recently approached by the makers of an editing tool to try out their product and become an affiliate. Instead of trashing … Read More

11 Best Practice Tips for Bloggers: Transparency & Decorum

11 Best Practice Tips for Bloggers: Transparency & Decorum

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As a writer and editor, I have read and worked with a lot of online content. I’ve (constructively) rejected a lot, and I’ve published a lot of things that I love and don’t love. I have worked with both new writers and ones that have way more experience than myself. I love being an editor; it’s challenging, rewarding and I’m constantly learning something new. And it’s about a lot more than just learning how to use a semi-colon or where to break a paragraph. This list is based on my experiences with the other side of editing — the part that has … Read More

These 5 Sites With Huge Audiences Will Publish Your Writing Quickly (or Instantly!)

These 5 Sites With Huge Audiences Will Publish Your Writing Quickly (or Instantly!)

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8 months ago Olga Mecking wrote an article for Beyond Your Blog about 6 websites you could publish on immediately without editorial approval needed. Because this article was very popular among our readers, we decided to focus on even more sites that allow you to create an account and post work with little or no editorial delays. Here are five of them! Mogul reaching 18 million women worldwide “Mogul is an award-winning platform that enables women worldwide to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other.” Posts that do well on this platform include “honest experiences about life, career, relationships, gender … Read More

Twelve Environmental Magazines That Pay Writers

12 Environmental Magazines That Pay Writers

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When you think of environmental essays, you probably think of intimidating places like National Geographic, Smithsonian, Orion, and other big name science magazines, but the environmental sector is more than scientific articles or heavy journalism. Whether you write about your hometown, healthy recipes, travel, or activities for kids, consider putting an environmental slant on your essay and send it to one of the following paying magazines. As of the publication date of this article, all listed publications offer PAID writing opportunities! Mother Earth Living With the tagline “Natural Home, Healthy Life,” this website focuses on green lifestyles. Topics include gardening, … Read More

R.I.P. The Mix - Here's how to pitch Hearst magazines directly

R.I.P. The Mix – Here’s how to pitch Hearst magazines directly

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Many of you remember recently departed The Mix, which served as the easiest point of entry to write for all of Hearst Digital’s publications, including the online versions of Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Marie Claire and 13 others you’ve probably heard of. Some critics (including Jezebel) regarded The Mix as a low paying conduit for less experienced writers to break into Hearst’s digital platforms, while others found their daily calls, which often contained sensational calls for personally revealing essays, to be over the top. Still others have had incredible success being published via The Mix and were very disappointed to see … Read More

Keep Imposter Syndrome From Affecting Freelance Productivity

Keep Imposter Syndrome From Affecting Freelance Productivity

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“It must have been a fluke.” “It was nothing.” “I just got lucky.” “It could’ve been anybody.” “You’re not good enough. You never were, and you never will be. Anything good that happens is purely by coincidence or having been being privileged in some way.” Moreover, at any given moment, people will find out what I actually am–an impostor, a fraud–someone who just got lucky. Perhaps you feel a similar anxiety to my own.  Maybe, you worry, any day now, your supervisor at work is going to call you out on your incompetence and let the department, the company, hell, … Read More

Things You Should Unlearn to Become a Smarter, More Profitable Writer

Things You Should Unlearn to Become a Smarter, More Profitable Writer

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Beyond Your Blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link. It seems counter-intuitive at first. That the act of “unlearning” can actually serve to inform, increase your creative I.Q. and your bottom line as a writer. But it’s true. As a veteran freelancer, I can attest. In my earlier years, I followed … Read More

Quick Read: 4 Ways To Hook Readers (and Editors) with Headlines

Quick Read: 4 Ways To Hook Readers (and Editors) with Headlines

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Let’s face it. When it comes to copy, headlines are important. It doesn’t matter what you’ve written if people get to the headline and then mosey on to something else because the words just didn’t hold their interest. Conversely, what’s written after the headline matters too. Nothing is more frustrating, in my opinion, than reading that cliff-hanger headline and then getting to the body of a post or article to find out I’ve been conned. The headline is a promise to the reader that you’ll deliver on something. This might be information that’ll save time or something laughter-inducing to break … Read More

Help! I Hurt Myself Writing - 5 Ways Bloggers Can Avoid Desk Injuries

Help! I Hurt Myself Writing – 5 Ways Bloggers Can Avoid Desk Injuries

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In June, I attended an eye opening session at the BlogU conference lead by Ashley Fuchs of The Malleable Mom. Ashley talked about the importance of posture and movement in our work environment as a means to eliminate and prevent related injuries. In short, I learned that I was writing in the wrong place, writing in the wrong position, and that my head was placing about a 60 pound strain on my neck all those hours I spent looking down at my laptop. My husband nicknamed me ‘Big Head Todd’ after the band a few years ago because of my large cranium, but I … Read More