So you want to share your own cool geek-parenty stuff with the GeekDad community? Great! Below you will find common FAQs along with a few guidelines for posting. (If you're hoping to get your article on to the front page of GeekDad.com, then you might also take a look at the style guide.)
Why should I write a blog on GeekDad Community?
Our community is what makes the GeekDad blog so great. We created this space for you, the community. And we want to hear from you -- your ideas, your thoughts, your projects. Write a blog and tell us what you are doing, thinking or working on. By sharing, you’ll invite the community to get to know you in a unique way.
You’ll find blog publishing tools here to help you author and post your blogs easily.
More than that, we treat the GeekDad Community blogs as the "farm team" (sorry, a sports metaphor) for the GeekDad blog. If you become an active member of the Community, post fun and interesting stories, and engage with the membership so we get to know you, we may end up offering you a chance to write for GeekDad proper!
What should I blog about?
Create content that you are passionate about and what you know. There are a number of common post types on the GeekDad blog: Projects, Reviews, and Pointers are just a few. You can also suggest your own idea or topic.
Below are some guidelines and best practices we ask our writers to follow on the GeekDad blog:
How much should I write?
Don't worry about writing too little or too much. Start with the amount required to express your idea(s) or story. Once you actually start writing you will get more comfortable and find your voice soon enough.
What kind of images should I use?
Each blog post should include an image -- an image you have taken or own. It is very important that you have permission to use the image in your blog. This means it's either public domain, qualifies as fair use or is licensed by Creative Commons. Be sure to attribute the image in your text. For each image used in your post, add a note at the end of the post stating the source of the image. Always include a link if possible.
What size images should I use? And how should I format them?
What else should I know about posting blogs on GeekDad Community?
What shouldn’t I do when posting a blog?
In the Title Guidelines section you say, "If the post is a positive review of a item." It should be "an item." If Neil DeGrasse Tyson can be nitpicked for mistakes, so can you. ;D
Any easy to use tool to republish existing blogs? Say an RSS app? I did a search before posting this question and came up empty.
Have been using copy and paste which has worked very well.
My first post http://bit.ly/LM1hpP on GeekDad made it in the blog. I have email alerts setup but they didn't send any mail. I only saw it as I happened to be catching up with GeekDad content. Not sure how it all works, but I have another blog post that is in the review process so we could test it if it makes the cut.
We want to thank everyone who has joined the GeekDad Community over the last few months. The growth we've seen has been wonderful, and it truly feels like we are achieving the goal we set out to achieve: to give all the readers of the GeekDad blog a place to come together and share their own geeky parenting stuff.
We do need to make a key change, however. Because of our agreement with Wired.com, it's important that content published here (and potentially on GeekDad.com as well) be original. For a while, we've been good with people cross-posting content from personal blogs to GD Community blogs as well. However, we're going to need to phase that out by October 1st to come back into compliance. Our apologies for this!
However, that doesn't mean the content can't go the other way. As long as what gets posted to your GD Community blog is exclusive here for at least a week, you're then free to take your content and re-post it elsewhere afterwards.
If this is confusing, please feel free to ask your Community Leaders for clarification. Thanks!