Are you interested in joining a conversation that no one else is having? Would you like to write about all the ways men are changing in the 21st century? Want the benefits of writing for a large, growing, engaged platform? Read on.
We’re looking for people who love men, want to talk about men, and want to better understand the rapidly changing roles that are happening in the 21st century. If writing about the trials, the tribulations, and the joys of manhood appeals to you, we’d love for you to become a regular blogger. You will get a terrific platform (the total network is steadily growing, but right now gets almost 10 million pageviews a month) and an opportunity to help shape the publication. There really is no limit to what you can blog about, as long as it relates in some way to things that men care about—or should care about. We’re often called “earnest” (or worse, “overly earnest”). But that’s because we care about a wide variety of issues. We are also looking for humor, insights, and raw honest truths. But mostly we’re looking for your own unique voice. First person narratives that lead to some deeper, universal understandings are always welcome here. Check out our about page if you want to learn more about who we are and how we’ve grown.
Here’s some ideas of what you can write about:
-As we often say—we eat stereotypes for lunch around here. We would like nothing better than to change all the negative stereotypes about men. Men are multi-dimensional, empathetic, multi-faceted, open communicators, not aggressors, not villains. If you can tell stories that make these points, great.
-Do you have a crazy/dirty/unbelievable job? Surely that comes with its own share of great stories. And speaking of jobs — where would you like to see the workplace progress to? Parental leave of all sorts? Flex hours? Entrepreneurship? Let’s shape what can happen.
-What does masculinity mean to you? What does it look like? How is it valued?
-Dads — we know you are rocking this world with stories of parenting. Dad bloggers are single-handedly changing the stereotypes about men as incompetent, disengaged parents. We’d like more!
-We have, we believe, the only regular section about men and marriage — anywhere. It shouldn’t be groundbreaking, but is. Join in if you’d like to give a unique perspective on men and marriage.
-How has the troubled world economy affected your view of yourself as a man?
-Sex, relationships, dating — no Maxim or Cosmo rip off or “10 ways to get a date”, please. But honest, thoughtful, different looks at these topics are always welcome.
-What can you write about that will prompt others to form an opinion?
-We’re always looking for book or movie reviewers, or someone to follow popular tv series, or look at men in the media.
-The hard stuff. The difficult topics. You know, like race, the prison industrial complex, climate change, violence, war. What unique, first-hand perspectives can you bring?
-Perhaps ethics, or politics or simply unique perspectives on news stories are your things.
-What are we missing? Adventure? Travel? Food? Style? If you’re into it, we’re into it.
Virtually anything you can imagine that relates to men in the 21st century can turn into a series of posts.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a blogger at The Good Men Project, please email Noah Brand at [email protected] and Lisa Hickey at [email protected] with a pitch. We’ll want to know who you are, what you want to write about, and how you expect to do it. Some sense of your writing (and life) experience would help too. You will need to show that you have good ideas, the capacity for brutal honesty and, hopefully, a sense of humor. You will need a social media platform—be prepared to tell us your twitter following, facebook fans, g+ profile and any other places you have a social media footprint. (Redditors get brownie points). We are happy to help you grow your network — in fact, one of the benefits to working with our platform is that you can expect to double your network size if you combine our platform with your own efforts towards growth.
Answers to FAQs: a) unpaid b) 2 month minimum commitment c) write only when you have time, but we are looking for people who want to write at least four times a month—and up to 20 times a month—because they see the value to their own brand, name recognition and platform-building opportunities d) you will get editorial help, direction, and story ideas– as much or as little as you want and need e) you can always link back to your own blog or repost their after e) the majority of your posts will need to be unique content e) once you get into our system, you will upload and format your posts, however, we will have final editorial say f) yes, we work with many large media companies and have a large social network, and we will not only help push your work outward but teach you how to grow your own network. Regular writers also get first crack at interview opportunities, appearances on our own video panels, and the chance to do paid sponsored posts or move up to paid editorial positions.