Anyone can post to the YourTango Community Blog, and all posts are searchable on our site and on Google. Community members include regular folks writing about their love lives, professional relationship experts offering advice, authors posting content to help publicize a new book, and dating and marriage bloggers creating original content or cross-posting from their own blogs. A few times a week YourTango editors feature community blog posts on the homepage. Our community blogs are a great way to gain exposure and engage with a group of smart, interested people.
To post in the community blog you must be a member of our site. To register (it's free!) and create a profile, go here: http://www.yourtango.com/user/register. To edit your profile click on the "my account" tab, and then click on "edit my profile."
It's easy to create a blog post—just go to your profile and click "write a post." After you click "publish", the post will go directly into our community blog, so don't post anything unless you're ready for it to go live right away. You can edit posts after they've been submitted, so don't worry if you make a mistake.
You can include promotional links within your copy, including links back to your website or blog, your book's Amazon page, your twitter account etc, however the text should read like a blog post, not a PR pitch. If the YourTango editors feel a post has too much promotion we will not feature it on the homepage.
If you have questions about the blog or anything else in our community please contact our community moderator, email@example.com. Write a post now!
Tips for posting in the Community Blog:
- Don't copy and paste text directly from a Word document. If you're writing in Word, paste your post into a plain text file and from there copy-and-paste it into the Community Blog. Use the editing tools there to bold, italicize and otherwise format your post. Here's the reason: When you copy a Word doc you're not only copying the text—you're also copying hidden formatting instructions. When you paste the Word doc into the Community Blog editor you're pasting the text _and_ the hidden formatting information. These formatting cues turn into HTML, which creates extra line breaks, strange pagination and other unwanted formatting.
- Write a short, catchy headline (hed). The hed is what makes people click on your post, and it also helps people find your post via search. Choose your hed carefully.
- After you've posted, link to your post from your Facebook page, website or Twitter account. This will help people find your post and will increase its visibility in search results.
Essays & Articles
Want to write for YourTango? Send us your ideas!
Send pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a link to a writing sample or blog if you have one. Your pitch should include a paragraph detailing what you want to write about. If you're pitching a reported or service piece please tell us where you'll get your information (a psychologist, personal experience, an author, etc). Pieces on our site are generally between 500 and 1000 words.
Please note: YourTango is all about sex and relationships so anything you write about should involve love, dating, marriage, divorce, sex and the like. A YourTango piece can be about almost anything—travel, food, fashion, money—as long as it explains how the subject affects your (or someone's) love life.
If you write about traveling, explain how your trip influenced your outlook on dating; if you report on a new trend in sex toys, demonstrate how the toys are changing couples' sex lives; if you give kissing tips, show how the advice can bring spouses closer together.
We look to freelancers for personal essays, reported articles and service pieces. The YourTango voice is smart, playful and real. Read some pieces on the site before submitting your pitch to get a feel for our tone and the type of stories we publish.
Personal essays should be intimate, revealing and surprising. They should come from a place deep within you, make an emotional connection with the reader and illuminate a larger, universal truth.
Reported pieces should be unexpected and attention-grabbing. They can relate an experience (going to a sex club, or trying out tips from an advice book), report on a trend (how new technologies are affecting relationships) or outline a scientific or psychological breakthrough or idea (a newly discovered hormone that controls attraction). We cover news and trends in our blogs, so make sure your reported piece is original, and not something that we or other outlets have already written about.
Service articles should include information women can really use. The tips should come from an expert (an author, a psychologist, a scientist), from personal experience, or a combination of the two. We want to avoid superficial and mechanized how-tos in favor of advice delivered with emotion and insight.
Blogs are closed to freelancers, but if there's something you think we should cover email us at email@example.com. And we always like to hear from men (our What Guys Think section is popular) so guys, pitch away.
One more thing: no phone calls, please. We love talking but we won't respond to pitches received via phone.