After many emails on the subject, I’m posting these official WHU guest posting guidelines.
Warcraft Hunters Union accepts guest posts — so if you have something you really want to say to the hunter community, you can do so here. This could be anything from a unique insight into an aspect of the game, results of testing or theorycrafting data, explaining why an aspect of the game needs to change, rebutting common wisdom or common mistakes, or your hawt new transmog look.
Some examples of past WHU guest posts include:
- Pain-Free Pugging for Hunters
- Professions for the Raiding Hunter
- Synergy in Three-Hunter Environments
It should go without saying that this is not the WoW forums and we’re not going to publish just anything. It’s also worth noting that if you have a lot to say, you can always become an author over at WoW Hunters Hall. But if you want the vast armies of the WHU to get your wisdom in their RSS feed, here are the guidelines:
Guest Posting Guidelines
- Frostheim has final say. This is in no way a promise to post whatever you write, and if Frostheim chooses not to publish it that does not means that we hate you personally or are insulting you. Though I suppose it could be taken as an insult either to your topic or your writing ability. But no emotions are involved in the decision.
- Be a grown up. No ranting, bitching, tirades. If you have a problem with an aspect of the game, that’s fine. You can address that without resorting to hyperbole (Blizzard is ruining the game), ad-hominem or name-calling. Facts, data, and logic are essential to posts complaining about something. If you have a problem with a particular person, this is not the place to address it. Blogging for the WHU you have to be more of a grown-up than you do when anonymously posting comments or on forums.
- Write intelligibly. You don’t have to be an English major or write beautiful prose, but you have to know the basics of written communication. No leet speak or lol speak or emoticons. You must use capital letters appropriately, break words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs. Also avoid the giant wall of text by breaking things up with lists and subheaders when appropriate.
- Bonus points for brevity. We’re not going to publish a tweet, but neither are we going to publish a novella. That said, take as long as you need to say what you need to say, but no longer. Frostheim despises getting emails that are ridiculously long (the record is over 5,000 words, by the way). Most posts on the WHU hang out in the 500-word range. Plenty are longer, plenty are shorter.
What You Get Out of It
Hey, don’t ask us — you’re the one asking to post something on the WHU, you must have a reason. Certainly the average post on the WHU probably gets more hunter readers than the average hunter post anywhere else, except possibly Scattered Shots on WoW Insider.
You will, of course, receive credit for your post including a brief bio and a link back to your blog/profile/website if you want it. However we will not link to spammy sites, including goldsellers, affiliate sites, and anything dealing with online gambling. As always Frostheim reserves the right to veto any link he doesn’t want the WHU linking to.
How to Submit a Guest Post
Just email Frostheim with the subject “Guest Post.” It is strongly advised that you first email with your idea for a post before writing the entire thing up. Even if you think your topic is hot stuff, it may be something that the WHU has already covered, or that we are currently working on. It’s worth your while to ping us before doing all the work of writing it.
If you do want to just submit the entire thing with no initial inquiry (as many of you seem to do, for some reason) then please include a brief synopsis with your post submission.