The journals on StorkNet are some of our most popular features. Because we receive several offers each week, we are asking potential journalists to read the following information and respond along with your offer.
Journals require a commitment, and we take this commitment very seriously. If a journalist doesn't send in timely entries or disappears, we all worry! We don't have the time to contact journalists with reminders on a frequent basis so if you are truly interested in writing a pregnancy journal, you must make the commitment to send in an entry each week. Other types of journals have a MINIMUM requirement of once a month. There are times when you have an emergency or the holidays keep you busy, etc., and we understand this. However, please do not make the commitment to do a journal and then forget to send in entries on a regular basis. If you have a tendency to get bored with projects or not follow through with things, please don't sign up for this. It's really frustrating when ladies have signed up, and a few months down the road, just disappear because they don't want to do it anymore.
Ask yourself if you truly have the time and energy to commit to such a project. It can be fun . . . and it can be a pain in the butt if you're not comfortable writing something on a regularly scheduled basis. Please don't sign up because you'll think it'll be fun without really asking yourself if you can do this for the entire pregnancy plus birth story (if you're doing a pregnancy journal).
Think about how much you want to share. Will you feel comfortable sharing issues you deal with during this pregnancy or in parenting? If you tend to be a private person, will you have plenty to discuss in your journal that will hold readers' attention? Think about these issues before you committ to being a journalist. One does not need to share private things to make a journal interesting, but they need to have plenty of pregnant/parenting moments to hold the attention of the reader.
You don't have to be a pulitzer prize winning author to write a journal for StorkNet. However, if you struggle with writing, grammar, capitalization, etc., this won't be a fun project for you or for me. You must spell check your work and not write your entry full of slang words. Nobody thinks it's cute in a journal.
With that in mind, if you're interested in writing a journal, please complete the following form. Tips for getting accepted . . . write enough so that we can get a feel for how well you write and so we can get to know you better. Include your age and anything you'd like us to know about you. If you write a short paragraph, all in caps that isn't proofread so it's full of grammar and spelling mistakes, you will not be accepted so be mindful of how you write your information in the miscellaneous area of the form. For reference, read through our journals, especially the introductory entries. That'll give you a great idea of what we're looking for. We'll review your information as soon as we can. If you do not hear from us within two to three weeks, please assume that we will not be using your journal.