Welcome to the world of Hubud media!
Want to be a contributor for Hubud Blog and connect with our global audience of free-thinker, entrepreneurs, location-independent souls?
Sweet, here’s a few things to help you get started:
You are adding your voice to what is, and will always be, one of the most important conversations on earth: the future.
We want to gather big ideas in our digital space; stories from the edge of your experience, that will inspire people to live, work, and learn differently and join us in the coworking movement.
But make no mistake: our blog is not marketing machine. It is a window on our community. A community that is smart, ambitious, global, and determined to make a difference in the way the world works.
To pull that off, please:
Don’t hold back if you have a bold idea. A well supported argument that will shift the perspective of our readers is gold. (Don’t worry, our editors will let you know if it’s not).
Tips, tricks, lists, definitions, how tos, and reviews, where appropriate, are always a big hit. Instructional, informational and enlightening is always good.
No less than 500 words and no more than 1000. Why use 5 words when you can use one good one?
We are aspirational, but not delusional. We like warts-and-all tales that tell the truth– good, and bad– about your area of expertise. Because nothing is more inspiring than authenticity.
No puff pieces or thinly veiled promotional pieces, please (because you are probably just as tired of writing these as people are of reading them). You will get all the credit you deserve in your 100 word bio, and links to projects and programs are welcome there too.
Have some style
We use British standard English. We love clarity, but we are not afraid of big words. We like simplicity, but that does not exclude research. Being funny or fascinating on top of that is even better! But above all, we want your own voice… the one you use when you are talking to a friend about something you really know and care about.
Temper your negativity and consider your critics. They may have a point, so give them the dignity of considering it.
Don’t forget to double check your facts.
Only your own words, photos and videos please.
If you have drawings or other visual aids to include, feel free.
We know our audience, and sometimes we need to tailor a piece so it fits. And there’s the funny business of SEO too. If we make any material changes we will share the piece with you before we publish for you to have a final read through.
We want to tell the world about you. Please include a short bio (no longer than 50 words), the link to your social media accounts or website, and a high-res close-up picture of you.
Ready to submit your piece?
Here’s how it works.
Please take the time to read through our guidelines above before submitting any content. We’re looking for specific types of blog post, so if your submission is among those, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please expect edits. This doesn’t mean that your article isn’t already great—but we may need to tailor your work to our audience and/or to fit our layout, particularly if your submission is on the long side.
You will get a chance to review the final version of your article before it goes to publish. Once it’s all good to go, we’ll publish it on our website for all the world to see!
Instructional – Instructional posts tell people how to do something. These Tips posts are generally the ones that are among the most popular both in the short term (ie loyal readers love them and will link up to them) but also in the longer term (ie one of the reasons people search the web is to find out how to do things and if you can rank highly with your tips post you can have traffic over a length of time).
Informational – This is one of the more common blog post types where you simply give information on a topic. It could be a definition post or a longer explanation of some aspect of the niche that you’re writing on. This is the crux of successful sites like wikipedia.
Reviews – Another highly searched for term on the web is ‘review’. Reviews come in all shapes and sizes and on virtually every product or service you can think of. Give your fair and insightful opinion and ask readers for their opinion – reviews can be highly powerful posts that have a great longevity.
Lists – One of the easiest ways to write a post is to make a list. Posts with content like ‘The Top Ten ways to….’, ’7 Reasons why….’ ‘ 5 Favourite ….’, ’53 mistakes that bloggers make when….’ are not only easy to write but are usually very popular with readers and with getting links from other bloggers. If you start with a brief list (each point as a phrase or sentence) and then develop each one into a paragraph or two you might just end up with a series of posts that lasts you a few days.
Interviews – Sometimes when you’ve run out of insightful things to say it might be a good idea to let someone else do the talking in an interview (or a guest post). This is a great way to not only give your readers a relevant expert’s opinion but to perhaps even learn something about the topic you’re writing yourself.
Case Studies – Based on a business, person, product, project, these are a great way to give authentic guidance to people seeking information. Include everything, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Link Posts - The good old ‘link post’ is a favourite of many bloggers and is simply a matter of finding a quality post on another site or blog and linking up to it either with an explanation of why you’re linking up, a comment on your take on the topic and/or a quote from the post. Of course adding your own comments makes these posts more original and useful to your readers. The more original content the better but don’t be afraid to bounce off others in this way.
‘Problem’ Posts – A term that is often searched for in Google in conjunction with product names is the word ‘problems’. This is similar to a review post (above) but focuses more upon the negatives of a product or service. Don’t write these pieces just for the sake of them – but if you find a genuine problem with something problem posts can work for you.
Contrasting two options – Life is full of decisions between two or more options. Write a post contrasting two products / perspectives that outlines the positives and negatives of each choice. In a sense these are review posts but are a little wider in focus.
Rant – get passionate, stir yourself up, say what’s on your mind and tell it like it is. Rants are great for starting discussion and causing a little controversy – they can also be quite fun if you do it in the right spirit. Just be aware that they can also be the beginnings of a flaming comment thread and often it’s in the heat of the moment when we say things that we later regret and that can impact our reputation the most.
Inspirational - On the flip side to the angry rant (and not all rants have to be angry) are inspirational and motivational pieces. Tell a story of success or paint a picture of ‘what could be’. People like to hear good news stories in their niche as it motivates them to persist with what they are doing. Find examples of success in your own experience or that of others and spread the word.
Collation Posts – These are a strange combination of research and link posts. In them you pick a topic that you think your readers will find helpful and then research what others have said about it. Once you’ve found their opinion you bring together everyone’s ideas (often with short quotes) and tie them together with a few of your own comments to draw out the common themes that you see.
Prediction and Review Posts – We see a lot of these at the end and start of the year where people do their ‘year in review’ posts and look at the year ahead and predict what developments might happen in their niche in the coming months.
Satirical – Well written satire or parody can be incredibly powerful and is brilliant for generating links for your article.
Events – We love coverage of fun and mindful events that relate to your specific subject/topic. If you are receiving free admission in exchange for your review, this needs to be clearly noted as it would with a product review. Any photos or video you can contribute from the event are welcome and encouraged.
At the moment, we don’t pay for submissions, but we do reward the author of the most popular post every month.