LDSBlogs is written by volunteers who are willing to write a weekly or monthly column without pay. Bloggers must be active, faithful, follow-the-prophet Mormons who are willing to commit for at least a year (but forever is preferred!) and be eager to follow the guidance of our leaders to share the gospel online.
The majority of our topics are aimed at people who are not LDS. We write about topics of interest to Christians in general and then periodically add in Mormon-specific information and mentions. We like to show we have a lot in common, but also make them aware that what is unique is really special.
We are gradually beginning to introduce some topics aimed at Mormons. However, writers should be aware they may be read by people who are not LDS, so they will want to include some explanations. We don’t use our blogs to criticize the church or to debate doctrinal issues. It’s not that some of us don’t love doing it–we just don’t do it here. When people who aren’t LDS read your work, they are learning how Mormons talk to other Mormons and get a sense of what it might be like if they became one.
A few of our topics are not specifically religious. For instance, we have a hobbies blog and a genealogy blog. We’re still searching for a food blogger. These should always uphold gospel standards and should not include items (including recipe items) that don’t fit into a faithful LDS lifestyle. It’s a chance to show that everyday Mormon life can be satisfying.
What is Required?
We prefer weekly blogs, but accept monthly blogs on specialized topics, such as our blog on parenting children with Down Syndrome. Writers are asked to work ahead of schedule, at least one week ahead. Although all articles are edited, we need writers to have reasonably good writing, grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills. The majority of blogs are written somewhat formally–not scholarly, but not too casually.
Articles are submitted in a document readable by Microsoft Word or in the text of the email. The site manager can also use Google docs. Word is preferred. They should be 700 words or longer most of the time and never less than 500. In general, writers should stay on the topic of his or her blog, but we do allow occasional distractions when your heart just has to get something out. We use a simple template, so articles will be posted in a fairly simple way. Writers may submit their own images as long as they have the legal right to use them. (Many photos online are not available for general use or have special rules.) When possible, we use pictures from the image gallery at LDS.org. If you use personal photos, be certain the people in the photos have given permission to you to appear.
We ask our bloggers to share their own posts on social media and to periodically share posts by other bloggers they like. This way we help each other promote the site.
What we’re looking for
We maintain a small list of topics we especially want, but are open to suggestions. Currently, a top priority is to find writers for a new category on worldwide Mormonism. We are about to launch, “Mormon in South Africa” and would like to find other non-United States bloggers to write about their country. Bloggers must be permanent and current residents in the country. These articles will be aimed at people who do not live in your country but who are interested. Articles will discuss what it is like to be LDS in your country and the history of the Church where you live, and will also mingle cultural information with gospel principles.
To learn more, read this article, which includes our current wishlist, application steps, and contact information. Be sure to look at recent articles to see what sort of things we do here.