Writing For ChatterBlock

Published Oct 14, 2014 | Updated Oct 28, 2019

The how-to's for getting set up as a ChatterBlogger, some tips for writing an awesome blog post, and next steps.

ChatterBlock is the go-to source for hundreds of thousands of parents to discover kid-friendly activities, events, camps, classes, and local resources. We're very excited to have another ChatterBlogger on board, and know you'll be a great addition to our online community. We hope you enjoy writing for us, connect with other parents, and have fun!

Getting set-up as a ChatterBlock Author

We want you to get ALL the credit for the writing you do, so make sure you get set up with an author bio before your work is published. Your bio will be at the bottom of all blogs your write for us. Here's the steps to take:

  1. Head to ChatterBlock and make sure you choose your preferred city
  2. Log In (if you already have an account) or Sign Up- located in the top right hand corner of the page

  3. Once you are logged in, you should see "Hi, {Name}!" instead of the Log In / Sign Up buttons. Click your name, and from the drop down menu select 'Edit Settings'

  4. Fill out the following information within your profile settings. These are the fields that will be included in your "About the Author" blurb underneath each blog post your write for us, so keep in mind that it will be seen by the public!
  • Name- You don't have to give your last name
  • Photo- Square image, preferably of you, but can be generic if you wish
  • Author Bio (you'll find this located at the bottom of the page)- enter in a brief bio of yourself. You can also add links here, contact information, you have total freedom

Done! You are ready to be a ChatterBlogger, now let's get you writing!

How to write for ChatterBlock

Apart from writing an engaging article, it is important that you have a captivating title, summary, and photo to actually GET the readers there. Here is the view our readers see when browsing our articles:

Main photo- you want a relevant and inviting photo. Photos must be high resolution, and minimum 1200 pixels wide, there is no requirement for height. Please be careful not to use photos from the internet that are under any copyright laws, we can always source a photo if you'd like.

Title- the highest performing titles are 5-9 words in length and easily convey the topic of your post. You want the title to jump out at them (the first 2 words are the most important) to avoid people skimming past. Interested in learning more about high performing titles? Read this awesome article: 5 Characteristics of High Performing Titles

Summary- you have up to 300 characters to summarize the topic of your post. Best practice is to include (weaving in) the title of your post in a natural language. This is for SEO (Google) purposes so your article will rank better in search results, but this is not a requirement.

Body- your blog post should be roughly 400-700 words in length, but we're flexible if it goes over. Here are some good tips to keep in mind:

  • Break it up- whether this is with headlines or bullet points, people like for things to be clear. 

  • Remember your audience- some things you write about, you may be an expert on, but try to stay away from jargon so that it's easy to read for a wide audience

  • Make it original- there's tons of advice on the Internet. Pull from your own knowledge and experience to make a unique and engaging read

  • Add photos- if you're writing on personal experiences and would like to include some photos of you, your family, your photography, etc. then we would love to include them, photos are a great way to help readers relate to you

  • Give some self promo if you have a blog! We will include any links / info in your author bio, but we're not opposed to some self promo within your post as well :^)

How to get your blog to us

You can submit a blog directly to us as a contributor, I will provide you the link in our correspondence, but you can also find it here: http://www.chatterblock.

When you save it, I will automatically be notified and will be able to review it and get it published. I'll get in touch about any changes before it gets published. Also, if you save as a draft, it will notify me, and I can email you the link you need in order to go back in and finish it off.

Note- We reserve the right to make edits, for reasons including: grammar, readability, search engine optimization, site fit, etc. We will communicate any edits to you when we send it to you to be reviewed, and if you disagree with any of the edits we can revise :^)

Final Checklist:

  1. You have filled out our questionnaire (if you don't know what I'm talking about, head to this page to get some more info)
  2. You have read through our ChatterBlogger Information sheet and agreed to the terms
  3. Article topics have been agreed upon
  4. Author bio is set up
  5. You're really excited to write for ChatterBlock! (yea... kinda cheesy... but gotta be done)

5 Checks? Awesome! Get writing, and we look forward to reading your work!

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