So, you want to write for Advanced Riskology, do you?
Well, great; I’d love to have you! But first, it’s important that you understand a few things about the site and the quality of writing that gets featured here.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Advanced Riskology audience is incredibly smart.
Advanced Riskology readers are intelligent and thoughtful. They come here specifically to be inspired and learn how to take bigger and smarter risks in their every day lives.
I cover a variety of topics, but all the articles here focus on under-appreciated strategies to solving everyday, real-life problems.
It’s not enough to introduce an idea. You have to show how to implement it and prove that doing so is a good idea.
That’s what readers here have come to expect, and I strive to provide it with every article I publish.
I’m not looking for guest posts; I’m looking for “Field Reports.”
Advanced Riskology is a tight community and I’m not interested in publishing run of the mill guest posts with nothing special to share like many popular blogs have become known for.
Instead, I’m looking for field reports from real people who have real experience doing something really useful. Think case study, not essay.
The piece you submit should be an example of your very best work. Your very best work will be something that doesn’t just teach people how to do something, but gives them an interesting story to lead them through it.
Interesting stories come from personal experience. You should share a real story from your own life. Thus, the title “Riskologist Field Report.”
Field Reports are only open to AR community members.
Writing for blogs and other outlets besides your own is a great way to grow your own readership, and a field report for Advanced Riskology will certainly help, but Advanced Riskology is not an outlet for outsiders.
To write for AR, first, you need to be a part of the community. This is because I want you to understand the unique perspective that AR readers have so that you can write something that truly helps them.
Sign up for email updates or add the site to your RSS feed. Leave at least a few comments so I get to know you. Respond to other commenters that need help with something. Write me an email just to say hello. Do something to show you’re a part of the community.
If you submit a field report and I have no idea who you are or you’ve never participated in the community, I’m not going to accept your submission.
The field reports are all about riskologists helping other riskologists.
If you think you’re up for the challenge of writing for Advanced Riskology, then…
Read this quick list of requirements and use the form below to submit your Riskologist Field Report
- You must be a member of the AR community to submit a piece. Read lots of articles so you understand the theme of the site, and leave comments so other readers get to know you.
- Send me a pitch first. Don’t write your report until I’ve told you it’s a good fit for the site.
- There is no length requirement. Your piece should be as short or as long as necessary to be incredible. Don’t ramble, though. Word count does not equal quality.
- Be useful and tell a good story. Every successful piece of writing 1) shows the reader how to do something useful, and 2) tells a good story to keep them interested along the way. You must include both elements in your piece; that’s what field reports are all about.
- Don’t just tell a good story. Tell an honest one. Great lessons can be learned from hardship. Don’t try to make yourself out to be perfect. Readers want to see your human side so they can relate to what they’re reading.
- Include pictures and diagrams. Readers learn much more when they have a visual aid. If you can’t find a way to visualize your report, you probably haven’t written it clearly enough. Here’s one of my most successful guest posts for an example.
- No lame self-promotion. We’re happy to let people know how to find you in a byline at the beginning and end of your field report. Don’t reference your own site every other paragraph for attention. That’s lame. If you have good ideas, people will want to come visit you.
- Don’t sell anything. Seriously, don’t even try it. Not even an affiliate link. Ideas and solutions are what you’re allowed to sell in your field report. Feel free to sell those as hard as you like.
Ready to submit your Riskologist Field Report?
Use the form below to send your piece. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can with any feedback and when to expect to see it published. We respond to all submissions, so you’ll hear from us if, for some reason, we can’t publish your field report.
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