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Engaged Marriage is Hiring Monthly Columnists!

By Dustin | Ask the Community

Engaged Marriage has around 150,000 monthly page views, over 10,000 subscribers, a reputation as a great resource and advocate for marriage and family, and is one of the largest marriage focused sites on the Internet.

Here’s My Idea & How You Can Benefit

EM is hiring writers!When Engaged Marriage started way back in 2009, it was intended purely as a single-author blog that shared my personal experiences and insights on marriage and family.

Through over 300 posts, I’ve been able to share a lot and will continue to for as long as you’ll have me.

However, I think it’s time to expand the voice of the site and get some new writers “engaged” with this growing community.  As I’ll outline below, new perspectives are very welcome yet we’ll continue to provide content that supports the ideals of Engaged Marriage and what we stand for.

I think the best way to accomplish this is to hire several monthly columnists.

I want these columns to be from other bloggers who can be exposed to the Engaged Marriage audience, and hopefully receive some new traffic and community-building back to their main site.

These columns need to be insanely useful – one of the goals of Engaged Marriage content.  I love that people come here to read useful, applicable information, then work to apply it to their lives and relationships.

I need these new monthly columns to be the same.

With that in mind, I will pay each columnist $25 per column published.  Not much, I know, but it’s some extra date night cash and a reward for time spent on writing quality content.  And if you’re looking to grow your own blog, you know that the larger value here is the exposure and links back to your site/projects (included with every one of your posts).

The Topics

With the addition of new columnists, I will be able to expand the depth of some key topics on Engaged Marriage a bit and add a few. I’m in search of three to five columnists interested in one of these topics:

  • Sex and Intimacy – real, practical ways to keep the spark alive and have better married sex
  • Home Life/Family Fun and Crafts  – think of these posts as small how-to projects that the Pinterest crowd will love
  • Parenting – real-world parenting advice
  • Money and Career – one of my passions but we need more posts with a how-to and inspiring story flair
  • Romance and Date Nights – practical advice/ideas for keeping the passion burning when you feel like you have no time
  • Help for Troubled Marriages – this is one area where a counselor would make a wonderful addition to our team

If you’re wondering about the style of posts that work best, check out the popular posts in the sidebar – these are the all-time most viewed posts.

Interested?

Since I can obviously only hire a few writers, I’m going to have the tough job of selecting the new columnists.  If you’d like to be considered, here’s what I’ll need from you:

• A guest post of around 500-1000 words (this is just a ballpark…).  Please edit it as though it’s a final copy – proofread, aligned properly in HTML, grammatically-correct, and so on.

• At least one accompanying photo for the post.  The photo needs to be properly credited, and legal to use.

• A 1-2 sentence bio about you that links to at least one of your sites.  It can be as serious or as fun as you like.

• Let me know which column position you’re interested in.

• Let me know if you have social media following and how many followers you have – the ideal candidate will share each of their posts on social media.

Please send me your article’s text in a simple program like Text Edit or Notepad, or in Google Docs (Microsoft Word works but is not preferred).  Send me your photos as an attachment.  No need to host them, unless you want to.

And this isn’t a requirement, but feel free to link me to some of your previous writing, so that I can peruse it and see what you’re about.

Also, in case you’re wondering, you don’t have to be a therapist to qualify. If you have an interest, feel free to send something in.  You can also comment below and I’ll respond to any questions you have.

Deadline

Please send me your guest post by Sunday, May 5th by sending an email to dustin (at) engagedmarriage (dot) com with the subject line WRITING FOR EM.  If I end up not selecting you for one of the column positions, I still may be up for publishing your article as a one-time guest post.  Let’s see how it goes!

Questions?  Just ask in the comments below (or by email if it needs to remain private)!

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About the Author

Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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Hi Dustin,

This is so good. I have always enjoyed writing for EM. Will send you my guest post tomorrow as I am traveling right now. Looking forward to it 🙂

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    Dustin

    Wonderful, Surabhi!

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Ah, very interesting – let me ruminate on this some, and shoot something over to you!

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    Dustin

    Looking forward to it, Patrick!

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Megan Buss

Definitely interested in pursuing this! I’ll work on a post and send it later this weekend 🙂

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    Dustin

    Fantastic, Megan. I’m looking forward to it!

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Kristen Manieri

Will you be publishing the guest posts you receive during this application process?

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    Dustin

    Hi Kristen, please check the last paragraph in the post – yes, I’m open to publishing them (with permission) if the quality is there.

    Best,

    Dustin

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Brittany

I have a personal fitness blog and a funny blog. I’d love to write for a marriage blog. I’ll try and put something together this weekend.

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    Dustin

    Awesome, Brittany. I didn’t mention it in the post, but humor is DEFINITELY a good thing!

    Best,

    Dustin

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Amanda Moore

What if I don’t have a blog? And I would like to write for you?

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    Dustin

    Hi Amanda,

    I am very much open to having you write at EM even if you don’t have a blog. I mentioned the benefits for bloggers because they’re significant, but I’m very open minded about the authors.

    Thanks!
    Dustin

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Bob Dugger

Marriage writing is a significant interest for me; I haven’t put my effort into my writing but I like this opportunity. I may present you with something! Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Bob. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Dustin

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Keely Callahan

Hello Dustin,

I have a blog called “All You Need is Love”, where I write and post pictures all about love, and personal experiences I’ve had with my own relationships, and my now husband.
I’ve never actually written for a marriage blog, but I’ve noticed that since I’ve been married, I’ve learned some things I’ve wanted to share which is some of what I’ve posted on my blog. I’m interested in writing for your marriage blog to at least give it a try and see if I can.

My question is, for this guest article, are we allowed to write anything about marriage, or are we suppose to write something based on the area of interest?

Thank you for your time!
Keely

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    Dustin

    Hi Keely,

    While there’s certainly a lot of flexibility month-to-month, I’d like each columnist to basically stick with their particular subject area (one of those I outlined in the post). And I’d like their first submission to be consistent with that so I can see how they approach their subject.

    Thanks!
    Dustin

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mehrnaz

hi Dustin
Im really interested in writing about marriage issues,and I love your posts and I read them all word by word.I just wonder if my nationality makes any difference or not,Im from Iran.

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    Dustin

    Hi Mehrnaz,

    I’m definitely open to those of other nationalities contributing as writers. That said, it’s important that our writers have a strong command of English with proper grammar, punctuation, structure, etc. so the posts don’t require a lot of editing.

    Thanks,
    Dustin

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Ruth Olugbenga

Hi Dustin,

I am interested in this but I do not have blog yet, I do not mind doing this without pay because do marriage counselling with my husband. I have also put together a book for newly married women on different topics by some women who work with me.
Please let me know if I can be a blessing. If needed I can get you a copy of the book.
Thanks Ruth.

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    Dustin

    Hi Ruth,

    You certainly don’t have to have a blog to be considered for one of these positions. I’m happy to check out your book, but I’ll be basing the choice of these writers primarily on the quality of the posts submitted. If you’re not chosen for a paid position, but you’re still interested in writing on a regular basis, I’m certainly open to that as well!

    Best,
    Dustin

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Michael Chiadika

Dear Engaged Marriage Publisher,

My website has nothing of proof in my intent to write a column for troubled marriages in your online site. This is because, am presently a social media practitioner. However, I am particularly interested in writing from a christian biblical perspective for troubled marriages. As a former pastor and bible teacher, I would want to share in depth insights that would help challenged or troubled marriages in these time. I believe that marriage is God’s idea and we all need God to help build true biblical marriage.
So, if you’ll want someone to write a column based purely on biblical perspective and providing help that will enhance true family life, I would be glad to offer you my services.

Sincerely,

Michael Chiadika

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    Dustin

    Hi Michael,

    I share your views on marriage and look forward to reviewing your submission!

    Best,
    Dustin

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Kelsey

Dustin,
About how many columnists do you plan to hire?
Thanks,
Kelsey

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    Dustin

    Hi Kelsey,

    My initial vision is to hire 3-5 writers covering most of the topics I listed above. However, I’m flexible on the number if the right team members apply.

    Thanks,
    Dustin

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Jevelme

This is so interesting Dustin! I will submit before the deadline and hoping you would consider my article. 🙂

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    Dustin

    Sounds great, Jevelme!

    Dustin

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Dave K

Hi, I’m interested! But I’ll be out of town so unable to get this in by the 5th. Can I have a couple more days??

Cheers!

Dave

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    Dustin

    Hi Dave,

    I may be able to make an exception for you. Please send me an email to dustin [at] engagedmarriage.com and let me know what topic area you are interested in and when to expect your submission.

    Best,
    Dustin

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Hi Dustin,

I sent a post yesterday as part of my application for one of the guest blogger positions. Will you be letting applicants know by a certain date whether they are successful? It’s just so that I know when I can use the content on my own blog, if it is not going to be published on yours. Thanks

Ana

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    Dustin

    Hi Ana,

    I hope to have a decision made on the writers within a week, and I’ll let everyone who submitted know at that time. Keep in mind that even those who are not selected for the writing positions may be able to feature their posts as guest posts, if they’re interested.

    Thanks!
    Dustin

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