From the first of January 2020, some changes must be adopted in the way the SEVICS Blog will be updated. A key point is to favor the quality of content over quantity of posts. To ensure that this happens, our team has put together the following guidelines to assist our authors and contributors to create the best possible blog contents.
- Be Mindful of the Audience: Our blog targets 2 broad groups of persons: Young persons who are either students or still in training and entry/mid-level professionals. Priority must be given to capacity development and empowerment of our readers. Young organizations can have their capacity needs met through the rich articles that we publish.
- Headlines: These make the first impressions to your reader. A good assumption is that the typical reader is uninterested in what you have written. A good headline must catch attention and stand out! Headlines must be relevant to the content of the article. The keywords in your headline must be repeated as appropriate in the subheadings and writing.
- Use Paragraphs Effectively: Paragraphs are useful in organizing ideas. Ensure to use as many paragraphs as possible. Each paragraph must represent a new idea that is related to the subject. Never discuss multiple ideas in each paragraph. Paragraphs should not have more than 150 words. Use levels of headings to make your paragraphs better understood.
- High Quality, fresh, relevant and practical: Articles must not be original ideas but must be able to provide a fresh perspective on the subject matter. Brand new concepts and original articles are also encouraged. All articles must be relevant to our audience above. Articles are useful for providing general information but are best if they are practical. New trendy ideas are the best.
- References: Check your facts and quotations. Cite the original sources (not the source that quoted the original source.) This can be done by providing web links to the subjects discussed. It is best to ensure that the sources cited are reliable and authoritative.
- Create an engaging introduction specific to your article. Use facts and figures from reliable sources when writing your introduction.
- Make it relatable & concrete. Give examples (these may be personal stories or classical stories from literature. The more relatable a story is, the better).
- Write enough to cover everything about your subject. We don’t have a specific word-count goal. However, articles between 1500 and 5000 words are ideal.
- Edit prudently: The need to ensure that all grammar and spellings are accurate can never be overemphasized.
- Voice: Each contributor is free to convey their message using their own unique voice and tone as far as it achieves the purpose of capacity development and empowerment of our readers.
- Images: Contributors are free to include images in their articles. Images must be of high quality and should be either pictures that they created by themselves or that have the Creative Commons Licence. Remember to always provide photo credits in the article. Charts and other pictorials used to buttress certain elements of your work must have attribution to the owners.
- Get Started: The best time to submit a finished article was yesterday. Stop wasting time and get started already. Here’s a quick guide on how to get started:
- Step 1: Plan your content, choose a topic, research facts and statistics; and layout your headings and subheadings
- Step 2: Craft a headline that is both informative and will capture readers’ attention.
- Write the article. Once you have all the materials you need, you can create your article in one writing session or do this in installments till it is finished.
- Use images to enhance your post, improve its flow, add humor, and explain complex topics.
- Review: avoid repetitions and be consistent with terminologies. Use grammar check tools and have someone else review the article and submit.
How do I submit a post?
Forward articles to firstname.lastname@example.org for review and publication.