Buzzworthy Blogs are transformational blogs for readers who have something to share. We want to feature your personal tales of transformation, interesting life experiences, and op-eds on an array of topics—local and national legislation, headline news, social activism, and trends related to food, diet, water, air, mental health, wellness, disease, travel, and our changing world.
Feel free to contribute a relevant story, essay, or article that will inspire us. Or make us think twice. We’d love to hear what’s on your mind.
Authors, artists, and documentarians with relevant content are invited to submit as well.
Healthy homemade recipes are also welcome!
We reach five million folks per month and our newsletter goes out to 40,000! We will feature your blog on our platforms!
- Submission Format: Send in a word document or regular contributors can log in and enter the story directly into WordPress
- Subject Line: Please write the title of your blog post
- Length: Not too long, not too short (800 to 1200 words)
- Style: Your voice
- Hyperlinks: Please reveal the link address in your draft in parenthesis
- Bio: Please email a short bio and a high-res square headshot, and include your HoneyColony profile link, if you have one
- HoneyColony Profile: Sign up as a new member and we can link your blog post to your profile
- Email: maryam(at)honeycolony(dot)com
- What to expect: A post that you can share
- Notification: Yes, if your post goes live
- Tips: Originality, personality, great writing
- If you are writing an actual article, please include original quotes, we do not publish fluffy Cosmo BS.
- Curate if you’d like and include a cool infographic or embedded video
Getting on Our WordPress Site:
- If you are not already registered on HoneyColony, please register and send us your username right away, and let us know the title of the story you are contributing. Once we get your username, we will make you a “contributor” and you can add articles on our WordPress page.
- Once we let you know you are a “user” of the site, please log on. On the top right-hand corner of the page you should see “Howdy [your username].” Click on that corner and you should be taken to our WordPress site.
- On the “Article” tab on the left-hand column, click on “Add Article.”
Adding the Post in WordPress:
- Title: Interesting, attention-grabbing titles that tell a bit about what the article is about. Make sure to type in the title instead of copying and pasting it from Word, for example, which can break things.
- Content box: This is of course for your content. We try to keep the tone as accessible and helpful as possible. Please make sure to include links in the body of your post, both for your sources and for any relevant articles you want to link back to. You can include extra photos/video in this box if it serves to enhance the post.
- Post Photo: The photo that will appear at the top of the post needs to be 1000X400. Choose one that we have the rights to use. You can go to Flickr and find an image In Creative Commons or Commercial Use Allowed. You can also use Wikimedia Commons, .gov sites, or Thinkstock, or a picture you personally took. We strongly urge you to use PicMonkey to crop and resize your image to the correct dimensions before uploading.
- To upload a photo, click on “choose file” and then hit “upload photo.” A box should pop up that allows you to move the picture around to choose how you want it to appear, then hit “save photo” when it looks right.
- Tags: To the right of the content box is the box where you mark the “tags” for your story. Please choose and enter any/all relevant terms for which people may want to search/there may be other posts about.
- Category: Choose as many categories that fit your topic.
- Custom Fields: If you don’t see Custom Fields, go to “Screen Options” at the top right of the page and check the “custom fields” box. Then, from the dropdown menu, choose “credit” for the photo credit. You can format the photo credit like this:<i>Photo Credit: <a href=”URLofphoto”>nameofphotographer</a></i>
- Headings: Please make sure to put the subheadings in “Heading 3” type.
Thanks for sharing your story!
HoneyColony Writing Guidelines
Part One: Article Editing, Creation And Formatting
Please do not forget to write an excerpt for your piece. It should be three sentences or less and entice readers to check out your story. Be provocative. When you submit your piece, please make sure it is double spaced. Once an article is in the editing process, writers are not to rewrite material changed by HoneyColony’s editors. If you have concerns or want to suggest changes, please do so using the “comment” feature in your word program, or simply email specific questions/concerns by paragraph and line number. Try to keep articles under 1,400 words. Send to an editor in a word document like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
After you have established a relationship with HoneyColony, contributors will be invited to post directly to our WordPress management content system. Please register to the site and create a profile, which we will use to link to your byline.
Here are some important things you need to do when creating a WordPress article: (first time writers, please just send to editor in word document/Google Doc).
- When pasting text into a WordPress article, always use the “Paste As Plain Text” button. This way, the text you enter will always be the correct font and size.
- Input at least five “Tags,” which are basically keywords describing your article.
- Create an “Excerpt” for your article, which will appear on the home page. Use your voice and draw people in. Be provocative and edgy!
- Insert a “Featured Image” for your article. It should be 1000X400. You can find free stock photos here (you will have to sign up for free). Or use Creative Commons in Flickr.
- Make sure your headline is short and edgy, and that every word is capitalized. If possible, try to use words that you think people will search for on Google. You can always use Google Keyword Planner to enter a keyword and find out how popular it is. Read this for tips on how to create a kick ass headline.
- When you are finished with your article, make sure to save it as a draft instead of publishing it. This will give us a chance to make sure everything is in order before it is posted.
Part Two: Style
All articles on HoneyColony must adhere (mostly) to The Associated Press Stylebook. A quality and succinct reference can be found here. One glaring exception: At HoneyColony, we use italics for titles of books, poems, plays, films, speeches, songs, works of art, subjects or lectures, magazine articles, newspapers and magazines. Also, we use the serial comma, unlike AP Style. Best way to get a feel for HoneyColony copy is to read our previously published articles.
Here’s a look at some common issues regarding numbers, punctuation, and capitalization:
- Use figures for all numbers above nine; spell out all numbers under 10.
- Use figures for ages, sums of money, time of day, percentages, house numerals, years, days of month, degrees of temperature, proportions, votes, scores, speeds, time of races, dimensions and serial numbers.
- Spell out numbers, no matter how large, when they begin sentences except when a sentence starts with a year.
- You always want to write out the word “percent” instead of using %.
- Always use the $ symbol instead of writing out the word “dollar.”
- Use 21 million instead of 21,000,000. Also: $39 million, $22.5 billion.
- Fractions standing alone are spelled out: One-fourth of the students.
- Put the period inside brackets or parentheses when a complete sentence is enclosed in the brackets or parentheses.
- When the parenthetical expression forms only a part of the sentence, put the period outside the bracket or parenthesis. The day was too cold for football (or skiing).
- Use curly quotation symbols, not the straight ones that look like this: ” “
- Always put the period and comma inside quotation marks. Put other punctuation marks inside when they are part of the quoted material.
- Use figures and spell out inches, feet, yards etc. However, use apostrophes (5’6”) to indicate inches and feet in technical contexts.
- We only use one space between sentences.
- Capitalize titles preceding and attached to a name, but use lower case if the title follows a name or stands by itself. Long titles should follow the name.
- Capitalize every word in your headline. When creating subtitles, please also capitalize.
- Capitalize specific regions, but not the points of the compass.
- Capitalize common nouns and their distinguishing modifiers in names of associations, societies, companies, streets, etc.
Part Three: Sourcing
You should always identify the source of the information you are reporting. Furthermore, if you can find the source online, include it as a hyperlink in your text. For example:
“The drought seizing the United States from coast to coast has not been this bad in a generation, according to new data unveiled today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”
IMPORTANT: When adding a hyperlink, make sure to check the box that says “Open link in a new window”. This way, when a user clicks a link, they will not be taken away from Honeycolony.com. We want to include as many hyperlinks in our articles as possible – not only linking to sources and data, but linking to products within HoneyColony as well!
When approaching a source, if you need to describe HoneyColony please use this following blurb:
HoneyColony is a cutting-edge online magazine and e-commerce site promoting health through community-curated wisdom. Our innovative cross-section of social media, reporting, and e-commerce allows eco-conscious people to learn from each other and the nation’s top nutritional experts. The idea is to empower members to share knowledge and create social change across all spectrum’s of health and sustainability.
HoneyColony was created by Maryam Henein, a journalist and director of the acclaimed-documentary Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page. Check out our animated video that outlines HoneyColony in 75 seconds.
Part Four: General Writing Tips
- Start strong. Read–and understand–your source copy.
- Think before you write.
- Write the way you talk.
- Write simply.
- Limit a sentence to one idea.
- Use familiar words in familiar combinations.
- Humanize your copy, especially when writing about health-related topics. Make it readable. Use active voice. Example: Thomas ate the taco-NOT-The taco was eaten by Thomas. Avoid a first sentence whose main verb is any form of to be.
- Avoid a first sentence whose main verb is may, could, seems.
- Use present tense verbs where appropriate.
- Put your sentences in a positive form.
- Avoid unnecessary modifiers.
- Use contractions sparingly. They often denote inappropriate informality.
- Omit needless words. (If it’s not necessary to leave a word in, leave it out.)
- Don’t parrot source copy as in cut and paste.
- Don’t raise questions you don’t answer.
- Read your copy aloud. If it sounds like writing, rewrite it. The art of writing lies in rewriting what you’ve already rewritten.
Part Five: Payment