Blogger Guidelines

 

Mac-Forums is a great place for discussing all things Mac and iOS related. But we know there are a lot of great stories out there that you guys might want to share: the relaunched Mac-Forums blog is the perfect place to tell those stories. 

Whether you would like to share your experiences with a new accessory, tell tales about the iPad you set up for your Windows-loving Boss or post some pics of a new mystery device you found in a bar, the blog is the place to do so.

Types of articles suitable for the blog:

  • Reviews of accessories, software and hardware
  • Interesting stories, experiences or Apple-related events you’d like to share with the community
  • Tips, walkthroughs, guides, tools or other helpful content you’ve created, that you would like to share

Here are some example, so you get the general idea:

  • “Review: Logitech xtreme scrolling Keyboard”
  • “I scream, you scream, Steve and I had ice cream!”
  • “Using Facetime to convince people you’re from the future”

There are so many other Mac blogs out there, so we need to try to give our posts an interesting angle or personal touch of some sort. Don’t regurgitate the opinions and stories that you can read on a million other blogs –*try to approach topics from a unique angle or point of view. You manage your local Segway polo team? Then write about the Bento database you built to manage your equipment.

General Content Guidelines

  • Spelling and Grammar
    Your Mac has built-in tool that will check your spelling and grammar for you, use them!
  • Keep it concise
    In-depth articles and reviews can get quite long. Try to self-edit and leave out any superfluous or repetitive sections you may have written. If your article is turning into “War & Peace”, consider adding sub headings to break it up into sections, or turn it into a multi-part post.
  • Pictures are nice
    If possible, add photos or illustrating images to your article. If you don’t have an image of your own, try to find a creative commons image to use instead, but make sure you respect the copyright of the original artist.

There are also a few style guides that we  expect you to use when writing to help us maintain consistency and refer to Apple products correctly:

  • The Yahoo! Style Guide
    Outstanding resource for writing, editing, and creating content for the digital world. Includes sections on grammar, capitalization, and proper word usage.
  • Apple Publications Style Guide
    Dictates the proper use of Apple and its products in publications.

Interested?

If you have an interesting story to tell and would like to write for the Mac-Forums blog, get in touch with our blogging team! If you have a sample of previous writing, that’s great. If not, just send us your idea or pitch for your first post.

You can contact either schweb or aptmunich via private message (PM) on the forum if you’re interested.