By Olga Mecking of The European Mama
If you’re trying to get your feet wet in the world of being published outside of your own blog, one great way to prepare yourself is to guest-post: to put your writing on someone else’s blog. It will help you get used to thinking about writing for a different (and possibly bigger) audience and get you accustomed to working with editors.
I’ve benefitted greatly from help and support from the editors I’ve worked with. But I will be the first one to admit that they can be just a little bit scary. What if they reject my writing, for example?[bctt tweet=”Editors can be just a little bit scary @TheEuropeanMama” username=”BeyondYourBlog”]
There’s another way to ease into writing – one that doesn’t involve editors at all and will get your writing in front of a larger audience at the click of a button. And while you won’t be working with editors directly, you will get immediate feedback from your readers. The only thing to do is to set up a profile and start sharing your words!
Here are six websites that allow you to publish without an editors approval
Medium is a site that has been designed with the writer in mind: every profile looks the same. There is little room for personalization, but the content definitely stands out through the clear layout. The topics on Medium differ (it could be travel, self-improvement, writing, or working, for instance) as does length and style — you can write listicles, essays, and yes, you can syndicate your blog posts to Medium (by which I mean you can publish something that has already been published on your personal blog). You can view stats on your Medium posts at any time including recommendations and views. This stats factor into which posts are featured and promoted in various ways. Wondering what type of content does well on Medium? Check out: Having It All Kind of Sucks by Amy Westervelt
Beyond Your Blog podcast: BYB 048: Medium’s Social, Intuitive and Immediate Publishing Experience, With VP of Content Sophie Moura
Why Medium Is Good For Your Writing Career – Lauren Modery
As part of SheKnows media, BlogHer offers influencer and publishing network opportunities as well as events for an audience of primarily female bloggers. BlogHer also publishes an immense amount of content from bloggers on a wide variety of topics. It’s as easy as setting up your profile and sharing your posts! Yes, it can already be published on your blog. The cool thing about BlogHer is that your post may be selected as an Editor’s Pick and given extra visibility on BlogHer as well as social media and BlogHer newsletters. BlogHer also pays for some original and syndicated content, and setting up an account and posting is a great way to get visibility with editors before pitching for paid opportunities. Wondering what type of content does well on BlogHer? Check out: You Don’t Need to Use Curse Words in Blog Posts by Tina Marie Ernspiker
Beyond Your Blog Podcast: BYB 004: Get Your Blog Posts Featured And Syndicated On BlogHer With Rita Arens
You may already be familiar with BuzzFeed. Their sharable, viral posts are everywhere, but did you know that you can set up a profile and start writing your own posts and listicles? You can also add videos, images and gifs. Sometimes BuzzFeed will feature your post on their home page, giving it viral potential. Additionally, once you’re familiar with BuzzFeed’s process, you may also be motivated to pitch an essay to BuzzFeed for one of their paid opportunities. So if you have a witty, funny list in mind, you know where to go.Wondering what type of content does well on BuzzFeed? Check out: 23 Strange Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know Until Now by Anna Kopsky
APlus was founded by actor Ashton Kutcher, and according to the website, offers positive journalism to their readers. Their goal is “to make the reader feel better about themselves or the world around them.” As a contributor, you can choose between a “basic article” and a “list” and they will optimize images and headlines for maximum views. I haven’t tried it yet but it looks like a great opportunity for getting published in a non-scary way! Wondering what type of content does well on APlus? Check out: Here’s How Something You Do Every Day Makes You Happier And Healthier, According To Science by Claire Peltier
While Bored Panda is more for visual artists such as photographers and painters than for writers, it also gives you the opportunity to share your work with a larger audience. In many cases you already have photos on your blog, so use those or just snap a few and make a photo story! Lists and collections of Tweets also work. Want to work for Bored Panda in a regular role? Apply Here. Wondering what type of content does well on Bored Panda? Check out: I Draw Pet Portraits Inspired By How Their Owners Describe Them by Chris Beetow
The Catapult community is an open platform to share and respond to writing. Bonus: If one of the Catapult editors loves your story, it may be selected for their main editorial site (and paid for!). ““Catapult champions powerful voices, breakthrough narratives, and extraordinary storytelling experiences. We publish fiction and narrative nonfiction stories that are alive, illuminating, stirring, and surprising.” Wondering what type of content does well on Catapult (Editorial Site)? Check out: What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
Olga Mecking is a Polish woman living in the Netherlands with her German husband and three trilingual children. She is a translator, blogger and writer. The European Mama is a blog about her life abroad, raising children and traveling. Her writings have been published on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and The Huffington Post. When not blogging or thinking about blogging, she can be found reading books, drinking tea or cooking. You can join me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.