Due to the ordinary business of life, I’ve had to put editing submissions on hold recently, but from now into the foreseeable future, I’m going to have more time to edit and work on the site, so I’d like to open up to some more content.
We have as many readers as ever, and I’m pretty sure we can do even better now that we’ve got a dedicated server and far fewer problems with load. However, do keep in mind that editing is time-consuming and I have to do it myself, so I’d really appreciate it if those who submit content would give it a thorough proofreading before sending it along. However, for those for whom English is not their first language, I’m willing to be a little more forgiving, because I do value the international perspective, and it’s pretty difficult to write in another language.
Now, as for the benefits of submitting to The Spearhead rather than simply posting it on your own blog, I can guarantee anonymity (you don’t even have to tell me who you are if you don’t want), and if there are any of the online gang attacks over one post or another, I can take the heat, and in fact I welcome the extra traffic. So long as the content is legal (no copyright infringement, threats against individuals, libel, etc.) there’s very little to worry about; I chose a host that has a strong free speech policy. Additionally, I regularly back up the content on my own disk, so it’s pretty safe and unlikely to be lost.
Furthermore, The Spearhead gets a lot of traffic. Not an enormous amount like Perez Hilton (this isn’t that kind of site), but thousands of visitors per day nonetheless. Having been around for a while and posted thousands of articles generates traffic on its own, as the site has come to be a pretty big resource. Search alone accounts for around 2,000 visits per day.
So, for those of you who don’t want to deal with the hassle of your own blog, or who want to protect your identity but still want to get the word out, feel free to send some material along. If you’d like to post on an ongoing basis, I’d be happy to sign up more contributing writers. The only ideological test is that the content has to address men’s issues, and although it can focus on a specific issue, it shouldn’t promote one group of men to the detriment of others. What this means is that if you want to focus on, say, Mormon men, that’s fine, but it shouldn’t also be an attack on other religions. The same could be applied to ethnicity, nationality, occupation (with some exceptions), etc.
Finally, as far as formatting is concerned, just a straight text file is usually best. Those of you who know HTML markup can include that, and I’m happy to have that taken care of, but if you don’t or don’t care to markup the text, that’s fine.
Feel free to send ‘em in.