Calling guest bloggers

Posted Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Miscellaneous, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

As you may have noticed from today’s post from Barry Knobel, my web site is open to guest bloggers.  It’s a win-win situation: guest blogs increase traffic to my web site but allow the guest access to my 300+ subscribers and 4,000+ monthly visitors.   Guest blogs prominently note the author, with links to the author’s email and web site in the first paragraph.   If you’re interested in submitting content, please email me.

A few ground rules:

1) Guest blogs should focus on topics related to family law, legal culture, or the way that law or culture and family interact.  They should be on a topic I have not already covered or have a contrasting viewpoint on a topic I have covered.  For example, a guest blog extolling Ayn Rand would be off topic but a guest blog explaining how Ayn Rand’s political philosophy is family friendly (or not family friendly) would be most interesting.  I know my web site could use female and conservative viewpoints.

2) Guest blogs should be interesting and have a clear point of view.  While I am willing to do some editing, I am not rewritting.  Pieces that are boring or badly written will be sent back.  However, pieces can be technical or narrow without being boring.  I have been asking a colleague to draft two guest blogs on what causes false positives or false negatives in drug tests.  While few of my readers would find such topics interesting, those few would find the topic fascinating.

3) To quote Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.” An opinion piece should be justified by facts and hyperlinks to these facts are most appreciated.  I consider wikipedia to be reliable.  Controversial opinion pieces that are not justified by facts are unlikely to gain approval.  This is not the web site to prove Obama is a Muslim or 9-11 was a government plot.

4) My web site isn’t the place for ad hominem attacks.  You can praise by name but criticism needs to be factually supported (by hyperlinks or media) and should only name names when absolutely required.  I’m not publishing libel.

Within these constraints, feel free to send me your idea before you begin writing.  I am happy to take text with links and turn it into HTML or, if you know how to use Word Press, I can give you a password where you can format your piece and set up media and links.

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