Volunteer Guest Writing
1 Million Women is a Not-for-Profit organisation, inspiring women and girls to take action against climate change in their everyday lives and empowering them to live more sustainably.
1 Million Women is always looking for volunteer guest writers to contribute to our blog.
If you have exceptional writing and/or design skills and would like to share your expertise and passion for the environment, we'd love to hear from you.
WHY GUEST BLOG?
Guest writing is a great way to get your ideas in front of thousands of readers, build your experience and authority and be a part of our community.
More reasons to consider writing for 1 Million Women:
- We have 900,000+ social media followers across our platforms
- Our blog was viewed nearly 4 million times in 2019
- Our community is a friendly and active group
TOPICS WE COVER
Here is a list of topics we cover (the links below go to good example posts):
- Energy i.e.clean energy alternatives and innovations
- Food i.e. intersection of sustainability and food
- Money i.e. investing or divesting your money wisely
- News i.e. climate change or environment related news
- Women i.e. women leading change in their communities
- Sharing i.e. sharing economy, sharing inspiring stories
- Shop i.e. sustainable fashion, purchasing power
- Travel i.e. low-impact travel alternatives
- DIY i.e. 'how to' posts
If you think you have a great topic that will benefit the 1 Million Women audience and it doesn't fall into one of the above categories, feel free to send it anyway.
We have a tiny team, and it really helps us work through our emails faster and get new blogs up faster if you send us a strong pitch with all the info in it that we need, in a form that can be read quickly.
The first, most important thing we're looking for, is a great new topic or idea. That's what we're often really short on, and spend a lot of our time trying to come up with. If you think you've got a great idea, try googling it along with the phrase '1 Million Women' first, to see if we've covered it in the past, and how we covered it. If it hasn't been done before, then go for it. If it has been covered, think about how you could do it differently. Or come up with a whole new idea if you need to.
Writing experience isn't important, but your pitch needs to show us that you can write, in the form of a summary, or the first few paragraphs of the article you're looking to write. We're looking for writing that matches our tone (conversational, and here at 1MW we always try and ask ourselves if the language we're using is something a ten year old would understand. If it isn't, we find a different word, or try to explain ourselves a bit better). We're about communicating solutions to as many people as possible, so our blog needs to be as accessible as possible.
Here is an example blog pitch that we'd love to get:
Email subject line: GUEST BLOG: Can Eating Meat Be Good For The Planet?
'I'm going to start by straight up saying, I'm not about to tell you you're in the clear to eat meat all day, every day, like so many of us do in Australia and the US. But the reality is, meat eating isn't a black and white topic, if you're looking at it from the point of view of keeping emissions out of the atmosphere. In the film 2040, Damon Gameau explains that we need to do more than just stop emissions from reaching the atmosphere. We need to be getting all of that excess carbon out of the atmosphere as well, and some farmers are helping to do just that, and they couldn't do it without livestock. If you love eating meat, you can buy it from farmers who are really working hard to get carbon out of our atmosphere through what they do, creating healthier soil that produces more nutritious food.
Here's what to look for, and how to start consuming meat not just responsibly, but in a way that even helps the planet, rather than making things worse.'
I'd like to write about how regenerative farming helps sequester carbon from the atmosphere (I'll explain how this works full, I promise!), how people can support farmers through Community Supported Agriculture programs, and how this can lead to them understanding how much work goes into producing meat, how it can be much more nutritious if it's grown this way, and how yes, it might cost a bit more money, but you come to understand how it's really worth it. I'm a vegetarian myself, from a family of farmers, living with a partner who loves meat. I don't want to eat animals myself, but since I know so many people aren't likely to completely stop, I've tried to learn about a better option, for the sake of the animals' quality of life, and our climate. I have met farmers who grow meat in this way, follow their work and will be interviewing them for this piece.
Good things about this pitch:
- The headline is topical, and being somewhat controversial, spikes our interest, so it's something we know people would want to read (note - this isn't a must, if you tick some of the other boxes, we can come up with a good title for you)
- While the writer doesn't seem to have first hand experience on this topic, it seems as though she's invested in the topic, and has further research planned (not a must - especially if you're someone who is at the centre of the topic you're talking about)
- The intro paragraph up the top shows clearly that the person pitching understands the tone and can write well
All these things make this pitch an easy one for us to give the green light on!
THE FINE PRINT
Once published on our site 1 Million Women reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 1 Million Women reserves the right to include calls-to-action to 1 Million Women content, including but not limited to email newsletters, campaigns, and downloadable resources.
HELPING TO BUILD AND SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY
We love seeing our guest writers become actively involved in building our community too, and would appreciate you spreading the love by sharing your guest post far and wide with your own network.
Thanks so much for your time and effort to help us share information and educate one another on how to live a life that's better for the planet. We can't wait to read what you've got for us.
Please send your pitch to email@example.com