On the home page of this blog, right smack dab in the center column, is our blogroll, a never-ending river of posts that lets me know that the Mormon daddy blogging community is alive and well, despite the lack of updates to these pages.
The idea was that I’d highlight more of your fine work in our feature stories. But real life keeps colliding with that idea. Which leads me to this request.
I am looking for a few contributors who feel like they could keep an eye on that flowing river, and when they see a gem that they think is particularly fine, fish it out and write a few paragraphs about what makes it so fine. Just once a month (I know you’re busy, too). Like home teaching (but not necessarily at the end of the month). Ideally, you’d post it as a contributor to the blog directly in WordPress (fairly user friendly). It will be our featured article (the one with the big graphic on the home page) for the week, or until the next featured article comes along.
I see the featured article as basically our “blog post of the week.” Clearly there are more candidates for “post of the week” honors than we are currently able to feature. In fact, there are clearly enough good posts out there that we could have blog posts of the day, but I’m trying to take baby steps here.
I know I’ve put out a request like this before, but this time I have a better idea of what I’m looking for. You:
- are willing to keep an eye out for blog posts that are candidates to feature on these pages;
- have a way with words and would be willing to put together a couple of paragraphs introducing a blog post you chose to feature and what about it caught your attention (feel free to read a few of the past featured articles to get an idea of what we’re looking for and the basic style of how the posts are structured);
- are willing to commit to prepping one feature per month.
For bonus points, you could submit a graphic that we could use along with the post. But if that’s not up your alley, we can take care of that on our end.
There. That’s it. Not so bad now, eh?
Here are a few more particulars.
Is there pay? A lot of blogs don’t pay their contributors anything. We’re one of those. Sorry. We wish there were money in this gig, but there just isn’t now. You’d be doing this out of the sheer joy of helping the Mormon daddy blogging community thrive.
Can I feature my own blog? No. We prefer you to feature somebody else’s blog. It’s better karma — let somebody else feature your blog.
Can I feature a blog on some aspect of Mormonism or politics? Or maybe my MLM? No. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things (except maybe MLMs), but it’s just that they already seem to get plenty of attention.
But what else is there? Plenty of stuff. Our ideal post is just dads who happen to be Mormon doing their thing. Let us take heart from one another’s efforts to keep the faith while keeping our families together and food on the table.
Do I have to stick to the posts on the blogroll? No, but if you find a good blog that fits that we don’t know about, let us know and we’ll add it to the blogroll (in fact, we have several good blog submissions that we need to get added to the blogroll — backlogged. Ugh.)
Do I have to be a Mormon daddy to be a contributor? No. All you need is an appreciation for the Mormon daddy blogging community. And know the difference between you’re and your.
OK, I’m interested. What’s next? Just send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you’re interested. I promise to reply this time.