24-7 COMMITMENT is YOUR community. A place for the firefighters and their families to connect and support and love on each other. And when we share our own real life stories and struggles and successes, it is incredibly inspiring for the entire fire service community.
Since we’ve opened the Fire Wife Sisterhood and Honor Guard we’ve seen so many fabulous topics, stories and advice. And many of you asked “How can I do more?” You can keep sharing your stories in a more permanent way! We are always looking for guest blog posts. Your stories matter and inspire others.
Do you already have your own blog? Whether or not its fire related, we are happy to welcome your guest blog posts and give you links back to your website.
Don’t have a blog but just have something to share? That’s great too! Blogging can be overwhelming and sometimes you just have something important you need to get out to this community. Again, 24-7 COMMITMENT is YOUR community and we want you to have a voice that supports our mission. All of our stories combined are going to change lives. We sincerely believe in that collaboration.
Here’s how it works:
What Kind of Content We Look For
Your post must be relevant to the fire life in some way but does not have to be all about the fire service. Topics can include:
- family activities
- fashion / fitness / personal care
- health and safety
- food / recipes
Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post. (However, we do have an advertising program if you are interested.)
If you have your own thoughts for a post, you may want to run it by us first to be sure it’s going to fit into our current content planning (we try to stay 1 – 2 months out). But anything that’s a personal story of marriage / family / fire life success (even small successes!) or successes / tips from departments who do good things for their families are great.
If you need more structure, we have that too.
“Real Fire Wife / Firemen / Fire Families Diaries”
We did a series called “Real Fire Wife Diaries” and it got great reviews. All you need to do is document a day in the life of a fireman / fire wife / family. Oh, and here’s the kicker. We KNOW you firemen aren’t all out fighting the big one all day long 😉 Include how you balance your life, what you do for your marriage and family, your fitness, your personal development, as a leader. Etc. A good way to do this is to pick a day, jot down notes throughout the day and suddenly by the end, you’ve got 5 or 6 scenes to share and a post is ready. Real works best.
Next option….if you need more structure, we feature Fire Wife Hot Seats where there are guided questions we give a fire wife to write back to us. Things like “What’s been your biggest challenge you overcame in your marriage and how did you do it?” or “Tell us about the best practical joke you ever played on your husband.” So if you prefer that format, we can do that as well – either just the Firefighter or you together as a couple.
Webinar / Video Format
If you aren’t a writer and prefer video format or want to share in an interview format, we are also regularly looking for guests to share in our monthly live webinars. Email us your story if you are interested in this format.
Blog Submission Guidelines
- Your post must be original and not previously published either on the Web or in print.
- You agree not to publish it anywhere else, including your own blog or Web site. You may, however, post a brief “tease” or summary on your site that links to the post.
- You may provide up to three byline links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or About page, and one for your Twitter username (optional).
- Your post should be at least 500 words long and no more than 2000 words.
- You should also read:
- “Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post” by Michael Hyatt
- “9 Ways Become an Exceptional Guest Poster” by Darren Rowse
- “Seven Steps to Writing a Successful Guest” Post by Jeff Goins.
- 7 Crucial Tactics for Writing a Radically Successful Guest Post by Blog Tyrant (via CopyBlogger).
These all contain some very helpful tips to maximize your post.
- We expect the post to drive free of spelling and grammar issues. Do good work! Content that is not proof read will not be considered.
- We will reserve the right to copyedit your post for minor grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. If we make substantive changes (unlikely), we will email the post back to you for your approval before posting.
- We may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or the rationale as to why we think the post is important. We will make sure that our comments are set off from yours stylistically, so that the readers are clear that these are from 24-7 COMMITMENT and not your own words.
We understand the work that it takes to write a blog post. However, the fact that you have written a post and submitted it does not obligate us to publish it. The only guest posts we will publish are those that in our sole judgment add value to the readers.
Furthermore, if we do not approve your guest post, we will let you know briefly why. We do want you all to grow as bloggers and plan to offer some blogging support tools for our fire family community. We just cannot promise free one-on-one feedback due to time constraints.
If your post meets the above guidelines:
- Please email it to contact at firefighterwife dot com for consideration. Although we try to stay very responsive, it could take 2–3 weeks to respond so please be patient.
- Please include a one to two-sentence byline that includes what you do, along with your blog address and your Twitter and/or Facebook address.
- Please include the size of your readership: number of blog readers, Facebook friends or fans, and Twitter followers. (It’s ok if it’s zero and you just have a great story to share!!)
- Please confirm that you are willing to engage with readers in the comments about your post. This is hugely important and a non-negotiable. Blog readers have come to expect this.
- Please include the post in the body of the e-mail. DO NOT include it as an attachment. Also, please do not include HTML coding.
- If you have preferences for headings and graphics (and know what all this means 😉 then please do format your guest post as an HTML document, so that we can copy and paste it into the WordPress HTML editor.
- Use H2 or H3 tags for sub-headings.
- Send us the images separately as attachments
If 24-7 COMMITMENT elects to publish your blog post on our website, the blog post (with proper attribution of authorship to you, as the submitter) will become intellectual property of 24-7 COMMITMENT, and thereafter, all copyrights in such blog post will belong to 24-7 COMMITMENT. To the extent that any such copyrights are not vested in 24-7 COMMITMENT, you hereby grant 24-7 COMMITMENT a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license to publish, use and display the entire blog post and all elements thereof, for commercial purposes or otherwise. You also consent to 24-7 COMMITMENT publishing your name, photo or other identifying elements associated with your blog post for attribution purposes.
If we reject your post, you are obviously free to do whatever you want with it, including publishing it elsewhere.