The YOGANONYMOUS mission is to curate a platform for yoga enthusiasts of all shapes, sizes, levels and trebles to express their thoughts and have their voices heard. We welcome and appreciate contributions from our quickly growing, highly engaged digital community and we would love for you to be a part of the action.
Here’s what you need to know:
Yoga is as yoga does. We are primarily a yoga-lifestyle based brand, but that does not mean that we are limited to only writing about yoga. We love yoga, and as long as your submission adequately provides our community with insightful commentary—be it negative or positive, so long as it is sufficiently explained—around anything remotely relative to our environmentally conscious, forward thinking, music loving, spiritually inclined, equal rights raging, culturally rocking, healthy yogi readers, we want to see it.
Keep it real. Your blog should naturally flow using the same language and tone you would use while telling a story to your friends. Reading it out loud before you send it will help. If you have a pet, read it to them. If they bark at you, well, kudos to you.
Know the deal. By submitting to YOGANONYMOUS you acknowledge that you accept our terms, and any form of editing that might occur on behalf of the YOGANONYMOUS editorial team. YOGANONYMOUS reserves the use right to anything we publish at any point in time, in any form. By submitting your work you give us use rights in perpetuity.
Straight from the source. Original content is not required but always encouraged. If your work has been published elsewhere, please receive permission to re-publish the content on our site, let us know and be sure to include a link to where the post originated.
Cash is—not always—king. While we can’t pay you for your work, we can offer you the opportunity to see your work published and edited on a professional platform, the freedom of having your voice heard, the good fortune of connecting with like minded people, and the chance to touch the lives of the members of our quickly growing digital community. Our content is often shared and cross syndicated on various other leading community blogs and websites as well, increasing the exposure of each of your offerings to the masses.
Less is more. We don’t require a word count however depending on the subject, posts average anywhere between 300-1000 words. Do it justice without overdoing it. Remember that however it flows naturally is the best way to write it but don’t assume the reader knows exactly what you are talking about. Simply detailed explanations are best, proper grammar, spelling and punctuation is paramount.
Let’s link up. If your writing includes external link(s), please include them in your submission. We will always try first to include internal links where relevant but if there is anything outstanding that you know is needed, please just include the links at the bottom of the post and let us know where they go. Please do not insert the link into the submission yourself as sometimes it doesn’t properly transfer over to the HTML code on the site.
Check ‘yo self. YOGANONYMOUS reserves the right to edit submitted material. Your work rocks, and we are so incredibly grateful for it and we will never change extreme amounts of the content without contacting and working with you first. Most often this applies to grammar and formatting issues.
Every picture tells a story, don’t it? If you have photographs you would like to use and you own them, great! If you have photographs that you don’t own but would like to use please include a link to where you found them. Depending on the licensing of said pics we may or may not be able to include them, and if we can’t we will find something we can use. Please send your pics in a separate email with the name of your submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be number one. ‘Top’ Lists and enumerated posts always do well, ie “10 Ways Yoga Has Changed My Life”, “Top 10 Songs To Pump You Up”, “10 benefits of headstands”.
Sharin’ in the groove. Checking out the other posts and features on YOGANONYMOUS will help you to get a better idea of our audience and will help you to better tailor your posts to appeal to our audience. Extra points for sharing some of your favorite @YOGANONYMOUS posts on your social media channels.
YOGANONYMOUS is the only word throughout the entire post that should be all caps, all the time. Our URL “yoganonymous.com” is always listed in all lowercase.
The numbers one through nine should be spelled and 10 starts numeric digits. Try not to start sentences with numbers.
Use a ‘double s’ for possessives. (Charles’s) This deviates from AP style but is recognized when writing online.
The title of a book, song, movie, etc. should be italicized not put in quotations. (Sunshine Daydream, The Grateful Dead)
Please use only single spaces after periods or other punctuation at the end of a sentence.
Title and the featured image are everything. Try to come up with a great title, and if you have a stellar pic to use please send it over (adhering to the guidelines for pics above). Titles are subject to change under the editor’s supervision but will always be generated from the body of work.
Keep it personal and speak from the heart - be you. People can sense when you are not being authentic, even online.
The most popular articles (the ones with the most pageviews, facebook “likes”, comments, etc.) on our website will receive the most exposure on our site, newsletter, and social networks. Below are some tips to help you get the word out.
Please include links to your work featured on YOGANONYMOUS to any personal blog or website you have. Click here to download our extra-fancy YNON ‘Featured Contributor’ badge for you to link your YOGANONYMOUS profile to from your own site(s). Please hit us up with any questions on this.
Share your YOGANONYMOUS author landing page, include the URL in your email signature, personal website(s), social networking channels, etc.
When your post goes live, please post to FB, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. and use tags when appropriate (@YOGANONYMOUS). The more people who see your post the better it is for your exposure and ours, the more people that come to our site, the more who will see read your article. Send it out through email to your family and friends, start promoting other writers whose work you enjoy on our site, and surely others will promote yours-start engaging in or build a new social community this way.
Engage readers by asking questions, ask for opinions, comment where appropriate, and stay humble.
If the blog you have written includes a specific product or book, etc., email the company or author with the link, and include all of the corresponding handles and tags while promoting.
Submitting your post to bookmarking sites like reddit, StumbleUpon, and Digg is a surefire way to increase traffic.
Comment on other people’s blog posts and include a link to your own if it’s relevant
Don’t be shy - social media is there for us to use!
Thank you so much for your interest in contributing to our digital community. We look forward to connecting with you further and adding your voice into the mix. Should you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.