Guidelines for Writing a Blog Post
For the official CollegeAmerica blog site
Writing a blog post is an exciting opportunity. It’s a great way to express your opinion, to be creative, to be read by others, and to help promote the school. As you write your blog post, please use the following guidelines and suggestions to assist you along your way.
Picking a topic
Pick a topic related to education. Below are just a few examples:
- How and why you chose your degree
- What higher education has done/is doing for your life
- Study tips, test-taking tips
- Success stories from the classroom
- Information on careers, job searching, resume writing, etc
Students, alumni, faculty, and staff members are all being invited to write blog articles—this means the field is wide open for topics! Just make sure it’s related to education.
Writing your article
Here are some helpful tips and suggestions for when you start to write:
- Outline before you start writing
- Jot down a few points before you start writing.
- Many posts follow this simple format: an introduction, a few points (around four), and a conclusion.
- Include bullet point lists and subheadings
- We all love lists, it structures the info into an easily digestible format.
- Every few paragraphs insert a subheading. Internet readers like to scan articles quickly to find something of interest, so subheadings help catch their attention.
- Create an inviting title: make it a “must read”
- When you’re creating article titles, keep in mind your audience of readers. Make your titles intriguing.
- Edit your post
- Good writing is in the editing. Before you send in your article, re-read your post and cut out the stuff you don’t need.
- Engage in discussion
- Conclude your post by asking a question from your readers. This will help to get them involved by encouraging them to leave comments.
There is no required minimum or maximum word count. We only ask that you relate your article to education, and that you include a short author’s bio at the end of your article.
- Author’s bio including:
- Appropriate campus
- What degree you’re studying/you graduated in
- Your current job title & company
- If faculty member, what topics you teach
- If writing as a subject matter expert, your expertise/credibility
The school reserves the right to make necessary edits, as well as determine which posts are posted to the official school blog site.
If you have any questions, would like any additional information or to submit your blog post for review, email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org