I Want to Share!
I Want To Share! How Do I Write a Guest Blog?
AmeriCorps Alums wants to hear your story beyond AmeriCorps. How were you “Made in AmeriCorps,” how are you living out a “lifetime of service,” and what are you doing now? Email our Communications Coordinator, Maria, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, check out our FAQs below,and read amazing stories alums shared in our Alum Spotlight blogs.
What Can I Write About?
We want to hear your ideas for our blog! But, we do list the types of stories we tend to share below.
- Personal and Professional Transformation Stories (How were you “Made In AmeriCorps?” How did AmeriCorps help you land your first job or change how you viewed the world?)
- Advice to Young Alums About Your Professional Field (help alums learn from your career)
- Service Stories (either current or a reflection from your AmeriCorps service)
- Reflections on Days of Service – MLK Day, AmeriCorps Week, 9/11, etc.
- Chapter Updates – Alums has local chapters across the country. What’s your chapter up to?
- How-To Posts (How-To Finance Grad School, How-To Advocate for a Cause You Believe In, etc.)
Are There Posts You Won’t Accept?
- Posts Promoting Goods
- Advertising Posts
What Makes a Blog Successful?
Be true to your voice. Use a first-person viewpoint and write more like you talk with a friend as opposed to a colleague in a boardroom. Posts may be serious or humorous—as long as they are authentic, personal, and sincere, we’re interested. The best blogs feature pictures, are about 500-800 words long, and include a call to action. Think about what you want people to do after they read your blog, where they can get more information if they liked what you talked about, or what you want people to remember from your story.
Can I Have Pictures For My Blog?
Yes! Every post is published with a headshot of the author (150 X150 pixels wide). The most popular posts usually include 2-3 pictures. Be sure to send captions with pictures and let us know if you need to credit a photographer for a picture.
I Like to Draw Comics, Write Poems, Take Pictures, or Make Videos. Can I Do a Multimedia Blog?
Yes! We want more of this on our blog. Send us your gifs, poems, videos, comics, etc. inspired by AmeriCorps or centered on another topic you think relates to AmeriCorps Alums and/or national service. Email Maria at email@example.com to work out the details.
I Finished Creating My Blog, But What Else Do You Need to Publish It?
Email Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org with your blog, a brief 2-3 sentence bio (see example below), headshot, and pictures with captions.
Sample Bio: Today’s guest post comes from Winston Fiore who served in the Marines and AmeriCorps (Marines 2004-2006; AmeriCorps NCCC, 2003) and was originally published as “Why Clefts?” on The Smile Trek website. Winston embarked on a 5,000 mile walk through Southeast Asia in an effort to raise funds for facial-reconstructive surgeries in the developing world.