We welcome contributions from the whole sleep community: from all professionals and experts who want to promote better sleep. We and all sensitive sleepers are also very interested in related topics such as how to rest, find peace of mind, manage stress, eat sleep-friendly and get extra zest. Please note: guest blogging is not an advertising channel. For advertising/sponsorship purposes, please go to advertising.
- Word count: Good posts typically run between 300-800 words. Please stay under 800 words.
- Tone: Inclusive, open-minded, and generally positive.
- Content: We are not interested in SEO-driven submissions that are not in line with our philosophy (which is to help people to sleep and rest better and find peace of mind and good zest).
- Acceptance: Since we do not compensate contributors for posts, we’re more than happy to include a your brief bio containing links to your website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, which we will promote when your post goes live. Please keep your bio to just 2-5 sentences. SensitiveSleepers is a new yet focused and fast-growing avenue to promote what you’re doing for the whole sleep community.
- Please send your post in the body of the message of an email. (That means, if you’re using Word, for example, you’d attach/paste the Word document into your email.)
- Once your posts go live, we will let you know. Please share with your friends via email, your website, Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media. It’s a win-win. The more people who view your post, the better it for you and SensitiveSleepers.
- We love connecting with new contributors. While we cover a huge area of information related to sleep, sleep disorders and treatments, SensitiveSleepers consists of just a few people. We do carefully read every single submission that we receive (and proof-read when so wished). If your post has been accepted, we generally respond/post it within 2 weeks.
- By submitting to SensitiveSleepers you acknowledge that you our terms, and any form of editing that might occur on behalf of the SensitiveSleepers editorial team.
Why to write for SensitiveSleepers.com?
- You’ll help people. Insomnia and sleep disorders affect to 25% of all people according to most careful estimates. It’s a rapidly growing problem in today’s world and sufferers rarely feel able to get help from their doctors for this specific issue. Our potential community can be millions of people.
- You’ll reach a global, interested audience. The audience at SensitiveSleepers.com is here for one reason: to sleep better. They are all genuinely interested in topics that help them with this mission.
- We will do our part to make sure it reaches as many people as possible. We share most posts on Facebook and Twitter. Published pieces will also live in our library.
- SensitiveSleepers can be a channel to attract more work: new clients, connect with right people, partnerships, get speaking/coaching jobs, and grow small (or big!) brands.
- You’ll set your own schedule.
- You will expand your professional network and opportunities.
- You can contribute posts as often/rarely as you like.
5 questions to ask yourself before submitting to us
- Does it promote better sleep, rest, peace of mind, zest?
- Is my piece inspiring, informative, motivational and/or educational? Even though insomnia and sleep problems can be seen as a rather dark subject we would like to emphasise a healing aspect that is generally positive and informative. If your piece is sarcastic, or not about healing, or not related to sleep on any level, it’s probably not for us.
- Do I have a great title? A great title has the potential to grab attention and make our sensitive sleepers want to read your piece. If you’re stuck trying to create one, ask yourself: What problem does my article solve? How will reading this article make someone’s sleep better? How would I explain this to a poorly sleeping friend?
- Is my first paragraph succinct? You only get one chance to make a first impression! Does your first sentence make the reader want to continue? Does your intro paragraph tell the reader very clearly and succinctly what the article will be about?
- Am I offering readers actionable tips? We want sensitive sleepers to find solutions to their sleep problems via us. A great piece will provide tips that they can implement easily so that the reader knows exactly what to do next. Test your article with some of your friends and ask for comments and test how the messages and thoughts came down.
7 tips to write a great blog
- Be You. A great post will sound like a real person wrote it, and it will have a distinctive voice. If you’re not sure what “voice” means in this context, think about it this way: how would you explain your idea to a good friend? Think of your blog like you’re talking to your good friend. Revealing your personal journey and transformation is also warmly recommended. The more honest, open and vulnerable you can be about your struggles and victories, the more readers will be inspired by your story!
- Engage. Follow the comments and discussion after your blog goes live (we will inform you via email). People love to see the writer committed and interested in real conversation. This way they will also start to relate to you more deeply, feel closer to you and follow you in different channels.
- Keep it short. Around 500 words is great! Keep your story focused and clear (and write another one if it gets too long!). If you’re going to offer tips or a recipe, include a short introductory paragraph at the top of your post explaining why you’re offering this advice. For example, if you’re sending a recipe, take a few sentences to tell us why this dish specifically is so good for sensitive sleepers.
- Don’t steal! If you mention/show a statistic/study/article/photo in your piece, please include a link/information to that source and/or list it in the end. If you’re claiming that a certain food is healthy, tell us how you know. Ideally you’d link to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. This way readers can follow your line of thinking and investigate further if they so prefer.
- Delete empty words. Sometimes people use several words when just one will do the trick. We recommend taking one look at your piece to make sure you’re only including words (and sentences) that are absolutely necessary.
- Show your expertise. As the writer, you’re the expert on your own opinion! For this reason, you don’t need to use phrases like, “in my opinion,” or “I believe,” which detract from the idea you’re trying to convey. Readers love details and expert views so please let people know about by whom/where and when you learnt/understood something mind-blowing! The more specific you are about your life, the more your story will resonate with others.
- Use plain English! Many people who visit SensitiveSleepers are new to the ‘sleep slang’, and from all around the world so we prefer to use plain English when describing terms.
Please email to submit your post
- Send your full post with a working title. Please send this within the body of an email or as an attached word document.
- Any relevant good quality images for your post (please send as separate files, not pasted within a doc) with links to original source if you do not own the image rights.
- Your brief bio (less than 130 words, 2-5 sentences) with links to your site, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. Please put any relevant links in brackets like this: [http://facebook.com/SensitiveSleepers].
- A head shot or photo of you to use for you bio.
- Please let us know if you wish us to proof-read your post, and our expert will do it for you (SensitiveSleepers cover the costs).
- All of the above can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org