These guidelines should give a sense of direction, they’re not meant to be set in stone.
First, we would like to welcome you to contribute to WeighMyRack’s primary blog, or our teaching blog, The Academy. We currently do not pay for contributions other than in love and gratitude and a shout-out to your online pursuits through an AuthorBox (see next paragraph).
As an author you will get an “AuthorBox” (a box at the end of the post) that has a picture, bio, and links to any of your websites/social media. You can completely control the content in this area. It will look something like this:
All posts must be gear-related.
Our definition of Gear: Anything you take on a climb (bouldering, alpine, mountaineering, cragging, sport). Ideally it’s gear listed on WeighMyRack.com but we know we don’t have everything yet.
Linking to any part of WeighMyRack.com as part of your story (example: when you mention Brand Y Harness, link to that product page on WeighMyRack.com)
Areas to contribute:
WeighMyRack Blog (you’re on it now)
The Academy Blog (for all climbers, basic level climbing knowledge to advanced climbing techniques)
What we’re looking for in the different contribution areas:
Gear Stories — Stories about your relationship to/with/because of gear. Think of this as sentimental connections to your gear. The biggest rule of thumb is just make sure the story has a strong gear tie-in to it.
Example Post Ideas
Tech Talk – The more descriptive and exhaustive the better! Pictures/videos are definitely helpful. We like graphs. Time to geek out on gear!
Posts are written as if you were talking to a intermediate/advanced level climber. Posts take specific pieces of gear, by name and specifications and talk about/compare their effectiveness based on experience.
Tech Talk does not explain how to use gear (how to use gear is for The Academy Blog).
Example Post Ideas
Tech Talk assumes the reader has a basic understanding of what a piece of gear is, when it is used, and it’s basic/intended uses (ie the reader knows what a bouldering pad is, it’s basic use and the intended use of features).
In your Tech Talk article you would talk specifics using brand names/model examples (ie you could compare your experience using the different types hinges on bouldering pad–like does the angled hinge really work as intended? Or you could do a comparison of all the high-ball pads and break down why you might choose specific model over another, potentially going into craftsmanship or material construction.
The Academy Blog
This blog is for all levels of climbers that goes over any post about HOW something is used. This Academy specifically makes sure to define even the most basic of questions of a new climber. It goes over
Think about the WeighMyRack values as you write:
Integrity = Trust :open, honest, real & genuine
Make a Difference :win-win-win, empower, make people happy
Excite & Inspire :be fun!
Simplicity :intuitive & clear-minded
Or send us any questions, thoughts, suggestions you have. We always have an open ear for you!