How to Get Started / Guidelines
If you have a topic in mind, that's great. Get in touch with one of the Tech Exchange Moderators and let's talk about it. We'll want to know what the topic is, whether and how you'll get photos for it and how big you think the article will be. We'll also want to know when you plan on doing it, and some contact information. If it all sounds good, you're free to charge ahead.
With that, you'll become a TECH Exchange Writer and you'll find that there is a "Working" forum available here. You can use this as your working area, or just to post your finished work. Either way, you have to tell me when your article is ready for editing.
Once your work is reviewed and accepted, it will be moved to a topic forum and become visible for all to admire. If you enjoyed doing this, you can start on another one.
To get started, you need an approved topic and a plan. You don’t have to be an accomplished writer, but we hope that you can follow a few simple ideas. The main one is called The Five W’s, and this will give you the content of your story. Each of the five W’s represents a question that someone reading your work is going to have. To write a great submission, just answer the questions.
Who - Who is doing this/who makes this?
What - What is it? What is the job / fix / modification?
When - How recent is this? When do I need it?
Where - Where can I get it? Where do I use it?
Why - Why do I care? What problem does this solve?
On top of this, there are just a couple of other important things to keep in mind. First, write everything yourself. Do not copy text from someone else's web site or posts. Before you are ready to send in your submission, please run it through a spell check tool. If you need a free access one, just go to Spellchecker.net
It is also a good idea to have someone else read through it before clicking the Send button. Another point of view may find something that you missed. Taking these steps will help to get your work through the approval process more quickly.
Everything that you talk about will be a lot easier to understand if you have some photos with the written work. We need digital photos only and color ones are preferred. You don’t need a fancy camera if you follow a few simple ideas.
Please ensure that your photos are in focus, well lit and show what you're talking about. Before sending your photos, resize them to 1024 pixels on the longest side.
If you did not take the photos yourself, you must include the real name and email of the photographer. Please do not "scoop" photos from another web site or online source without their explicit permission. If you have permission, you must also include a photo credit.
If there is relevant video available, please include a link. If you are linking to someone else’s work on YouTube or another video sharing service, we will credit you with one additional point upon approval. If the video is produced by you, additional credits will be given. Please do not produce video on speculation, though. Talk to the TECH EXCHANGE Editor ahead of time to avoid duplication or disappointment.
Last edited by Brad; 07-07-2011 at 03:31 AM.