Sharing Your Story

CTTTHere are the guidelines for contacting the Site Administrators and sending us your contributions.

  1. Guest contributions are hosted by one of the BitterSweet authors, either an author you already know or one asked by the Site Administrator to be the host.
  2. If you aren’t already in touch with a blog author, contact the Site Administrators. You may send in an already-prepared blog post, or you may let us know of your interest in contributing. We’ll exchange emails about your topic and the Site’s expectations.
  3. Acceptable contributions from guest authors need to be related to issues of racism, the legacy of slavery, the harms of white supremacy and white privilege, and work currently being done to:
    • share historical information, especially the history of African Americans, during and after the era of institutionalized slaver
    • make connections within families or between disparate communities
    • advance healing and reconciliation for individuals, families, communities and the nation
    • propose or report on action to change institutionalized racism
  4.  Your contribution will be reviewed by at least one BitterSweet author to make sure its content is relevant to the blog’s purpose and its language avoids extremes of offensiveness and disrespect.  If your contribution seems to be outside the blog’s purpose or if the BitterSweet authors have a concern with its language, we will discuss it with you.  Nothing will be turned down without an explanation, and no contribution will be edited without your agreement.
  5. Once the post is accepted, your host BitterSweet Author will post it, using tags you suggest and possibly adding others consistent with the blog’s purpose.

Our Outline of Topics may give you ideas about content for your contribution.

Site Expectations for Guest Contribution

BitterSweet asks that all posts be:

  • Clearly written, easy to follow
  • Generally in standard forms of language, punctuation, usage and grammar unless the post is intentionally written as poetry, in a regional or historic dialect, or in dialogue form.
  • In language suitable for national press (rather than purely personal expression), that does not contain terms of disrespect or offensive words that would be “bleeped” on a news program.

Fair Use, Attribution and Copyright Guidelines

By making content available in a post, you represent and warrant that:

  • the downloading, copying and use of the content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
  • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the content;
  • you have attributed quotations, cited resources and otherwise fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;

Submission suggestions

Here are suggestions for submission practices which help draw readers to your post.

  • Provide a unique title relevant to the content of the post
  • Provide unique content
  • Employ a heading tag with the most relevant keyword to the webpage, try to place in upper portion of the page
  • Bold content that is more relevant & valuable within content
  • Provide an image
  • Optimize Images (fill out Title, Caption & Alt Text fields) and consider ‘Insert from URL’ if the image’s web address displays only to the image (example here)
  • Use hyperlinks
  • Employ ‘Related Content’ function when posting, if relevant.
  • Cut and paste from other WordPress blogs, with attribution
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