Note: Thank you all so much for the submissions. We have looked them over and expect to be sending out invites by Friday, October 9th.
Geeky parents of the Internet, GeekMom wants you!
GeekMom has been an active community blog for nearly 5 years now, and we have a dedicated group of people who participate and enjoy sharing their experiences as geeks and as parents. We want to grow and bring some new energy into the family; and that means finding new geeky parents to join our ranks.
There are two levels of participation at GeekMom.
There are our regular contributors who are simply requested to post to the blog at minimum once per month. Everyone starts out as at this level so that you have time to learn our mysterious ways (like our style guide, the ins-and-outs of our WordPress CMS, and all the other peculiarities of being a community blogger). There is no compensation, but you will get the chance to reach hundreds of thousands of readers each month, and perhaps pick up some PR contacts. Also, you will be able to represent yourself as a GeekMom writer when you go visit that local con, and that often leads to connections and networking.
The second level of participation at GeekMom is the Core Contributors. If you show energy, dedication, and quality writing, you may be asked to join the Core team of writers. Cores are requested to post at least once a week. Cores also get the prime opportunities for review samples of products and services that come our way, and will have the chance to do Sponsored Content projects, and earn compensation from that work. But writing for GeekMom isn’t about the money.
GeekMom is not some faceless company looking to make money off the backs of our writers. We are just a bunch of geeky parents, and we’re doing this because it’s fun, and because it brings us some awesome perks (like hosting panels at PAX and other conventions, interviewing awesome people, seeing press screenings of movies) that we’d never get otherwise. You will retain copyright to all your posts.
So who are we looking for?
You are a geek, and you are a parent. While this is GeekMom, we are taking applications for those who are gender-fluid or who don’t subscribe to gender norms, and we want to give as many diverse voices a forum as possible.
You must like to write, and have things you want to write about, like projects you build with your kids, or books, movies, TV shows, tabletop games, video games, gadgets you want to review. Maybe you want to share how you wired your house for gaming, or show off the robot you built.
If it interests you as a geek and as a parent, we want you to write about it.
Some key considerations:
– We are heavily supportive of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education; actually, we are supportive of STEAM education–we love the arts as well, and want them incorporated in our kids’ lives whenever possible.
– The blog as a whole is political on one issue: that all deserve equal rights.
This means that we will take feminist stands, stands against racism, and write in support of LGBTQ rights.
– We are very interested in finding people who want to write about things that we aren’t covering on a regular basis.
– We are also interested in finding writers in the New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles areas, as we often have chances for events in these areas that cannot always be covered.
– You absolutely don’t have to be a professional writer, but if you are, you’re welcome as well.
We are enthusiastically inclusive; there are so many different kinds of geeks out there–gaming geeks, car geeks, knitting geeks, sports geeks, electronics geeks, movie geeks, drone geeks, 3D printing geeks, sci-fi/fantasy geeks… you get the idea.
If this feels like something you could get into, please fill out the Google writer application form, and let us know a bit about you. We’re going to keep this call open until September 15 to give folks time to think about it (and give us the time to deal with all the applications).
Here’s hoping we’ll see you on the list!