Since spring 2012 when this site went live, big things have happened.
We started off with five writers, and as of October 2012 have eight, half of whom have since been invited onto national TV. Typical posts get hundreds of hits daily, and popular ones get thousands; we’re known across the blogosphere, including at sites like Patheos, Freethought Blogs, r/atheism and the National Secular Society’s in the UK, where things we publish frequently get linked.
Several of us get regular speaking invitations or interview requests, and some of them have gained that attention through writing here. In short, we’re doing well – and as a result, people often get in touch wanting to write for us. Because of this, we’re now accepting submissions for guest posts.
If you’ve got a young skeptics’ post you’d like to publish, or you want to pitch an idea for an unwritten one, e-mail email@example.com and we’ll talk about it. Based on how many expressions of interest we get, we don’t expect to publish everything submitted; rather, our current writers’ favourite guest post will go up on the last Friday of every month, beginning with November 2012.
If you write a specific, one-off post for us, this is how you can. And if you want to join our site as a regular blogger, this is your audition. Here are some tips on the kinds of thing we like:
- Personal experiences and perspectives.
- Contributions from outside the UK, where most of our current bloggers are.
- Commentary on freethinking activism – what its strengths and weaknesses are, and what its aims should be.
- Skeptical approaches to unusual topics, e.g. mental health/education/the media.
- Posts from groups underrepresented in the secular community.
The first writers to blog for The Heresy Club were all invited, and in exceptional cases – where someone has an established output, audience and writing talent – we’ll continue to approach people in future, but if you want to join up with us (which means being a young atheist or skeptic, approximately under 30, and committing to at least two posts a month) the way to do that is to write a guest post which impresses.
This page will be updated once guest posts are an established feature, but for now, we look forward to hearing from you!