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We’re all about promoting the joys of camping and outdoor life. We like healthy recipes; personal essays about experiences; advice pieces with actionable tips to improve a trip. If it’s not about camping, it’s probably not for us.
OUR FAVORITE AREAS:
- Beginners: Our audience is made of up all kinds of campers, but skewed mostly toward the beginner. Families seeking a different kind of vacation, or just a new experience.
- Recipes: Recipes is a great topic for us. Many campers find it difficult to figure out how to cook at a campsite. Quick and easy recipes, that require minimal tools. Remember, most are either using an open fire, or a small BBQ to cook. Photos are always welcomed, especially step by step photos. (see our photo guidelines).
- Activities: Provide specific instruction on how to complete the activity. Assume your reader is fit but new to camping. Include photos (see our photo guidelines) or up to a three-minute video illustrating the activity.
- Personal essays: Keep the spotlight on “On time, while camping”; details, but serve them up in manageable chunks. Let us into your thought process and be personal — the more honest and open you can be about your camping experience, the more readers will appreciate it!
Tone is everything! Your tone should be family oriented, accessible, inspiring, informative, educational, and generally positive. Help our readers grow and feel inspired to take an adventure into camping! Look at what we’ve previously posted. We don’t do snarky or sarcastic.
SOME DO’S AND DON’TS
- Be original: Posts must be unique and original to adviceoncamping.vista8.com. Posts must not have been published or submitted elsewhere online (including your personal blog) or be slated for distribution on other sites.
- Add to the conversation: While we are currently quite new, We feature a wide range of topics and have a large library of great content (Some posted, some retained for future use). How can your piece add to what’s already there?
- Include photos: See our photo guidelines.
- Come up with a great title that grabs readers’ attention and makes them want to read your piece: Ask yourself what problem does my article solve? How will reading this make someone’s life better?
- Write a tight opening: Does the first sentence make the reader want to continue? Does your first paragraph tell the reader clearly and succinctly what the article will be about?
- Write in your own voice: How would you explain your idea to a good friend? Use that conversational tone when you write.
- Send SEO-driven submissions: We can’t use posts from content farms or created to boost SEO or to plug a product or brand name. We are unable to accept submissions or bio references that promote a business or service not in line with our philosophy (e.g., a weight-loss gimmick). That said we are happy to link back to the author’s personal website or blog if they share relevant content with us.
- Hyperlink: Please don’t hyperlink. Put relevant links in brackets: [http://facebook.com/adviceoncamping].
To submit, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your full post with a working title. Send this within the body of an email.
- Any relevant images for your post. (Send as separate files, not pasted within a doc.) Send only images that you own. (See our photo guidelines.)
- Your bio (120 words or less) with links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter pages, in brackets: [http://facebook.com/mindbodygreen].
- A headshot or photo of you to use for your bio.
THE SMALL-PRINT STUFF:
- Submit only one post at a time: We read every submission we receive but we are a small staff and can’t respond to every submission. If your post has been accepted, we will respond within 14 days. However, we may retain your submission for a future date. If this is the case, we will inform you via email of our intentions.
- By submitting to adviceoncamping.vista8.com you acknowledge that you accept our terms and any form of editing the adviceoncamping.vista8.com editorial team deems necessary.
- Photos: All contributors are encouraged to submit photos with their posts. These should be at least 850 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall (bigger in either direction, or both, is fine).
- Please see our photography guidelines document for more information.
- The photo (or photos) should be original, of you or a model completing the activity you’re writing about, and the image should be high-quality. Each photo should be labeled with the topic and order of appearance (if required). If you have a short video (no longer than 3 minutes) illustrating the activity, we are happy to include that in the post too.
- What we look for in recipes: When submitting a recipe, be sure to include an original, high-quality photo of your prepared dish.
- MBG food photo guidelines: In an effort to keep our photos consistent in style, keep in mind the following when submitting:
- Photos work best on our website in landscape format.
- We prefer photos taken in natural daylight.
- Camping scenes and backgrounds work best.
- Photos should be taken on a clean, natural surface such as white, light gray, or natural wood; or just a clean white surface. Linen or plaid tablecloth is nice also.
- Close-up shots are often not as nice as giving the dish a little space to breathe and come alive.