Want to contribute to the work we’re doing here at Nerdophiles? Never fear! There are a few ways that you an get involved!
JOIN THE NERDOPHILES TEAM
Are you a dedicated fan of all things nerdy? Or perhaps you tend to ‘specialize’ in one particular medium of geek-tacular expression. Maybe you’re a gamer, a reader, a dungeon master. No matter what your passion, we’ll bet you have opinions. It’s okay. We get it. We’re nerds. Geeks. We all have opinions about our favorite shows, movies, games, and more. And boy are we ever willing to tell you them. The real question, though, is this: have you ever considered taking to the net to share your thoughts?
If so, maybe you should consider joining our team. We are constantly looking for new talent to add to our pool of staff bloggers. After all, Nerdophiles is meant to be a collaborative blog. We want to collaborate with you!
We are looking for people who are avid fans of video games, movies television, books, anime, comic books, and other related media. In particular we are looking for people who keep up-to-date with current releases and who hope to post regularly. We are also looking for applicants with multimedia experience or who are interested in learning to develop vlogs, podcasts, etc. Applicants with other skills and interests are also welcome. Nerdophiles is a great place to get experience, experiment, and learn!
Applicants with the following interests are greatly needed:
- Video Games (particularly a Xbox One early adopter!)
- Television Series
- Books and Reviewing Books Aggressively
- Anime and Manga (seriously, we need someone)
- Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Webcomics
Keep in mind, though, that blogging is not for everyone. It takes a lot of time and dedication. A lot more goes into building a successful blog than just sitting down to write about all the #feels you have about the latest episode of Vampire Diaries. Though, that is perfectly acceptable. When you’re writing for a blog like this timing matters. You have to keep up-to-date with the relevant entertainment news and react to it in real time. Episode recaps and reviews need to go up as soon as possible after an episode airs or you can lose potential readership. You don’t have months to write a blog entry like you would a term paper; you have to really think about it, writing, and put it out there. Then there is the Facebook group, reblogging tumblr posts, retweeting Twitter posts, responding to comments, crying to yourself when people post mean comments… it can take a good amount of time.
Plus: you’re doing all this for free. Because you want to do it. Because you love to do it.
When blogs make it big there are sometimes perks. Press passes to special events, ARC of books, review copies of games or gadgets. But you don’t get into this game for the perks. You do it because you’re passionate about something and want everyone else to know it.
If you’ve made it this far and are still interested, here is what we would like from you. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title ‘I Want To Be A Nerdophile’ and the following information:
- Name and Age
- Where you’re from and/or where you’re currently living
- A brief background about yourself
- Why you want to write for us and what makes you a ‘nerdophile’
- What sort of ‘nerdy’ and ‘geeky’ topics you hope to cover
- Writing samples (preferably two or more)
- Geekiest/Nerdiest thing you’ve ever done
The writing samples are fairly open. We would like sample blog posts if possible. Other samples like articles in school newspapers are welcome, too. If you have no samples that you think are up to snuff and need to create new ones some recommendations are to write up the sort of review, opinion piece, or news update that you would post here if you were brought on board. You can write about anything. As long as it is in some way ‘nerdy’ or ‘geeky’ it’s fair game. And you’ll have similar freedom to write about topics once you’re brought on board.
We will not discriminate based on age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, current location, etc. Just be yourself. Show us who you are and what you have to offer. We look forward to hearing from applicants.
BECOME A GUEST WRITER
We understand that not everyone has the time to commit to an ongoing project such as Nerdophiles. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have something to offer our readers here at Nerdophiles, though! We know for a fact that there are a lot of people out there who have something to say or share and we would love to help you get that out there. We also know that there are some topic areas in which we are currently lacking and could really use the help in covering now and again. Whether you run your own blog and are looking to reach out to a broader audience or you’re just one of our everyday readers with a great idea, Nerdophiles would love to hear from you. There’s really nothing cooler than seeing your name in a story byline and seeing how well the internet can receive it. We’d like to share that feeling if we can!
If interested, send us a quick email titled something along the lines of ‘Guest Post Offer’ or ‘Possible Guest Post Idea’ with a quick outline of the sort of post you’d like to offer. Please make sure that if you are looking to promote a blog, book, game, film, etc. that you make those intentions clear from the beginning. We welcome guests posts from professionals and colleagues who are promoting their own ventures but we don’t want to feel duped into something.
Obviously we won’t be able to facilitate every guest post request – some topics just may not be relevant to be blog or may not quite meet our standards for publication. We will do our best to work with our guest writers to make sure that any issues are addressed and we can give you a pretty definitive answer regarding appropriate topics from the beginning.
We look forward to hearing from everyone and, please, rest assured that we will never use your work without your permission.
SEND US A TIP OR IDEA
Don’t think you have the time or ability to write something up yourself? Feel free to send us any news tips or story ideas that you think would be interesting to our readers. We’ll always give credit where credit is due!