We’re looking for posts for the Wilco Indivisible blog. Here’s what we want, how to put your post together, and what to expect when you contribute to the blog.
What the Wilco Indivisible blog is for
The blog is our platform for stories, photos and videos produced by our members to show like-minded local residents, members of the media and our elected representatives how state and federal policies affect our lives. This way, we can amplify our message, recruit new members, and put a human face on proposed and existing legislation and policies.
How you can do your part
We need lots of local voices, the more diverse the better.
Do you have a personal story about how Trump’s and the GOP’s agenda (at the federal or state level) would affect your life? For example, how will ACA repeal affect your health and your finances? You can format these as essays or open letters to your MoC.
Can you share your experiences trying to get in touch with your elected representatives to discuss a particular issue? For example, have you been able to schedule a meeting with anyone from Rep. John Carter’s office, or to get a response from Ted Cruz?
If you want to share your story but you’d rather not write it yourself, let us know and we can arrange an interview. If you know someone who has a compelling story to tell and would like to give an interview, let us know!
Every post we publish should include a visual element — a photo, illustration, or video — because posts with images are much more likely to be read and shared, especially on social media. If you’re skilled at making infographics and want to create some related to the impact of ACA repeal, the border wall, the attempt to ban Muslim immigration from selected countries, or other elements of Trump’s agenda, we’d love to see them.
What each post needs
Your name or a pseudonym if you’re not comfortable sharing your identity with the public. Posts with real names are more credible, but we understand that’s not always possible.
Verifiable facts, such as links to data about the issue you’re writing about or the text of proposed legislation.
Analysis and description of the issue you’re writing about. Many of the issues we’re facing provoke very strong emotions, but readers and especially media outlets look for facts and analysis, not rants (no matter how much we may feel the need to vent privately).
Brevity. For optimal search engine results and readability by humans, written posts should range between 300 and 700 words and focus on one topic. More than one topic on your mind? Turn each one into its own post!
Clarity. Most readers online look at less than 20% of the text on any given web page. Make your post easy to read by using short subheads, bulleted lists, and bolded keywords to break of hard-to-scan blocks of text.
Directness. Get right to the point in your first sentence. Site visitors usually spend less than 3 seconds deciding whether to continue reading a post or not. Put the gist of the story at the top so they know why they should keep reading.
Images. If you have photos, illustrations or videos to share, please include them with your submission.
What to expect when you submit a post
Submit your posts and story ideas to email@example.com with the subject line “blog.’ Copy and paste into the body of the email rather than sending attachments. We’ll get back to you within a couple of days to verify that we got your post or suggestion. After that, the Wilco Indivisible blog volunteers will edit your post for style and grammar, double-check facts for reliability, and optimize it for searches and shares.
We’ll contact you if we have questions during the editing process, and you’ll have a chance to review the final edits before the post goes live on the blog. Then we encourage you to share the post on your social media and include the hashtags #wilcoindivisible, #indivisible, and other tags we may add to your post.
Don’t expect payment, alas. We’re an all-volunteer outfit, donating our time and professional expertise to spread our message and push for change. You’ll retain all rights to your work, which means you’re free to re-post it on other blogs and media outlets, although we hope that if you get that opportunity, you’ll mention that the post first appeared on the Wilco Indivisible blog.
What if you still have questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “blog questions” and we’ll get an answer to you. Thanks!