Updated 8th Feb: I’ve added the full text of the
job advert forum post, lest the mists of time swallow it whole.
I almost missed this one – thank you, Chestnut Rau!
Yesterday, LL put out a call to bloggers, inviting them to submit articles for publication on the SL website. It reads in
Are you a passionate Second Life resident who loves to write about your Second Life experience? If so, you might want to submit your blog posts to us and they could end up being featured in the Second Life Community blogs.
As the movers, shakers, and experts on everything Second Life, we’d like to invite you to submit your original blog articles to us at email@example.com with the Subject Line: Guest Blog Submission. Selected submissions will be posted to the Blog section of the Community as a featured guest post!
Here are some popular Second Life topics to consider: Fashion, Home Decor, Mesh, Relationships, Spirituality, Education and Music.
- All selected posts must adhere to our Community Participation Guidelines.
- All selected posts should support the inclusiveness of the Second Life community.
- Selected posts must not include marketing-related links and must not be entirely self-promotional.
- The post may include links to your website and blog in a brief author’s bio (approximately 3 sentences), which will be published at the end of the guest post.
- Please limit the number of images included in your submission to 4 or less.
- We reserve the right to review and edit. We regularly edit posts by our contributors and guest bloggers.
- Guest posts must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already.
The blog call is on! Read the guidelines, then submit your posts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, yes I am passionate and I do write a lot about SL – some might say at times, obsessively so. I do take pride in the fact that this blog is read by those within Battery Street as well as those outside. I’m far from alone in being a blogger that has this privilege, but it is worth mentioning because the very fact that LL does take time out to read external blogs is a sign that they are attempting to keep a finger on the pulse of things across the broader community, and that’s a good thing.
As Chestnut points out, what is being asked for here is pretty much involvement in LL’s marketing and promotional efforts both within the community, and to the wider world as a whole.
OK, then; that’s fair enough. So what are the pay rates? Will they be per article, with a word ceiling, or per word? How about offering commission rates based on required monthly subject matter?
No, I’m not being facetious here. It’s not unreasonable for bloggers to be paid for their time and effort; rather the reverse – it’s actually common practice. Indeed, you’ve paid for at least one writer in the past yourselves, LL (take a bow, Hamlet! :) ). I’m also not alone in feeling this – as a glance through the comments on Chestnut’s post and following the LL forum post demonstrate. Fair is fair, after all.
So, LL, I’ll gladly write for you – and within your guidelines (after all, your blog, your rules). I’ll even Op-Ed (if you’d dare go in that direction ;-) ). But let’s be reasonable here – what’s in it for me? I’m taking time-out to give you copy – how much are you willing to pay for said time, effort and IP?
With thanks to Chestnut Rau