10 simple rules for submitting announcements

We work hard to post your announcements. But, sometimes, we have papers to write, too.

If you don’t follow our Submissions Policy, we probably won’t post your announcement. Why? Because editing dozens of submissions, finding relevant images and links, formatting HTML, and dealing with attachments takes a lot of time. Send us something that doesn’t meet our standards, and it will sit in our inbox, un-posted by us and unread by our readers.

Before sending us your announcement, please make sure to follow the guidelines below.

  1. How to contact us
    Please direct all communications to staff@wesleying.org, and don’t send requests to individual staff members; we are a team and responsibility for posting submissions is shared. We never post things we receive via Facebook, so please don’t write us messages or invite us to Facebook events.
     
  2. Per order of management
    No matter what you send us, we reserve the right to edit it for length, language, and formatting. We may provide titles for submissions, but you are welcome to suggest a title.
     
  3. No guarantee of posting
    Sometimes, we just don’t have enough time to post announcements. So, while we try hard to post all relevant submissions, we can’t guarantee it. That said, the earlier you send a submission, the more likely it is that we will post it. Send us something the day before an event and it probably won’t be posted.
     
  4. Send it and forget it
    Please send your submission once, and once only. Flooding our inbox does not make us more likely to post your announcement. We do not post announcements and events more than once. If you send us an event submission far ahead of time, please specify when you’d like us to publish it, or we may post it too early and people will forget about it by the time it happens.
     
  5. Keep it simple
    Send us plain text only, and put it in the body of your email. Colors and fancy formatting will not make it onto our blog. Sending us helpful links and relevant images is encouraged. And please, never send us Word documents or PDFs—we will not download them and copy them and paste them and then format them.
     
  6. Keep it interesting
    Make your announcement appealing to our readers. We will not make your event sound good—that’s your job!
     
  7. Keep it concise
    Please limit all submissions to 120 words. Seriously. It’s a blog, and no one wants to read an essay about an event. We will mercilessly trim fat from your announcement if you don’t, so keep it short and only include the most important information.
     
  8. Keep it relevant
    We won’t post your announcement if we don’t think it’s relevant and useful to our entire audience. We don’t post about jobs or internships, nor do we post lost and found ads, nor do we post anything that resembles a classified ad.
     
  9. Events and auditions
    Please include the name and a short description of the event or audition, along with its date, time, location, and cost (if any). It helps if you include the lines “Date, Time, Place, Cost” in your email. We love to copy and paste.
     
  10. Identity politics
    Normally, we credit the sender of a submission. If you’d prefer to remain nameless, please say so. If you’ve got something juicy to share, we will honor your request for anonymity. 

25 thoughts on “10 simple rules for submitting announcements

  1. Sheek

    @ #3 –

    We do mean to notify submitters if their submission doesn’t fit our guidelines, and send them a link to the page where they can read them (http://wesleying.org/submissions). But like Justin said, we don’t always have much time to deal with all the items in our inbox.

    We’ll keep trying to let people know if their submissions don’t fit the guidelines, but if you don’t see your event posted as the date approaches, you should check to see whether your email was formatted easily enough for us to post. If not, please reformat it and try again. Sorry for the inconvenience – we do our best, but it’s also often an inconvenience for us to respond to many individual contributors.

    #4 and 6 – you are right! Thanks. And #5, asshat.

  2. a reader

    #5 – Yeah. #4’s right – it’s a student-run blog, they do it as a courtesy to the rest of us who read it. No one else does, though anyone is welcome to try.

    Ultimately they’ll post what they want, when it’s convenient for them. If someone posts something pretty much irrelevant once in awhile (like the iPod shuffle thing), the negative response will probably be noted by the poster and it won’t be likely to happen again. But seriously, it’s their blog.

  3. a reader

    #5 – Yeah. #4’s right – it’s a student-run blog, they do it as a courtesy to the rest of us who read it. No one else does, though anyone is welcome to try.

    Ultimately they’ll post what they want, when it’s convenient for them. If someone posts something pretty much irrelevant once in awhile (like the iPod shuffle thing), the negative response will probably be noted by the poster and it won’t be likely to happen again. But seriously, it’s their blog.

  4. a reader

    #5 – Yeah. #4’s right – it’s a student-run blog, they do it as a courtesy to the rest of us who read it. No one else does, though anyone is welcome to try.

    Ultimately they’ll post what they want, when it’s convenient for them. If someone posts something pretty much irrelevant once in awhile (like the iPod shuffle thing), the negative response will probably be noted by the poster and it won’t be likely to happen again. But seriously, it’s their blog.

  5. a reader

    #5 – Yeah. #4’s right – it’s a student-run blog, they do it as a courtesy to the rest of us who read it. No one else does, though anyone is welcome to try.

    Ultimately they’ll post what they want, when it’s convenient for them. If someone posts something pretty much irrelevant once in awhile (like the iPod shuffle thing), the negative response will probably be noted by the poster and it won’t be likely to happen again. But seriously, it’s their blog.

  6. Anonymous

    @8:59

    and you will read it because it’s Wesleying?

    get off your fucking high horse ass hat

  7. Anonymous

    @8:59

    and you will read it because it’s Wesleying?

    get off your fucking high horse ass hat

  8. Anonymous

    @8:59

    and you will read it because it’s Wesleying?

    get off your fucking high horse ass hat

  9. Anonymous

    @8:59

    and you will read it because it’s Wesleying?

    get off your fucking high horse ass hat

  10. Anonymous

    @3:30:

    The bloggers who write for Wesleying actually run Wesleying. They can post what they want, and you will read it because it’s Wesleying. They only publish our submissions as a courtesy to the community.

  11. Anonymous

    @3:30:

    The bloggers who write for Wesleying actually run Wesleying. They can post what they want, and you will read it because it’s Wesleying. They only publish our submissions as a courtesy to the community.

  12. Anonymous

    @3:30:

    The bloggers who write for Wesleying actually run Wesleying. They can post what they want, and you will read it because it’s Wesleying. They only publish our submissions as a courtesy to the community.

  13. Anonymous

    @3:30:

    The bloggers who write for Wesleying actually run Wesleying. They can post what they want, and you will read it because it’s Wesleying. They only publish our submissions as a courtesy to the community.

  14. Anonymous

    well if a submission doesn’t fit the guideline, can you at least tell the submitter that?

  15. Anonymous

    well if a submission doesn’t fit the guideline, can you at least tell the submitter that?

  16. Anonymous

    well if a submission doesn’t fit the guideline, can you at least tell the submitter that?

  17. Anonymous

    well if a submission doesn’t fit the guideline, can you at least tell the submitter that?

  18. Anonymous

    “8. Keep it relevant”

    Any chance this will be applied to the personal posts of Wesleying staff members? (see: iPod shuffle post below)

  19. Anonymous

    “8. Keep it relevant”

    Any chance this will be applied to the personal posts of Wesleying staff members? (see: iPod shuffle post below)

  20. Anonymous

    “8. Keep it relevant”

    Any chance this will be applied to the personal posts of Wesleying staff members? (see: iPod shuffle post below)

  21. Anonymous

    “8. Keep it relevant”

    Any chance this will be applied to the personal posts of Wesleying staff members? (see: iPod shuffle post below)

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