143. I Can Has Guest Post?

Update: This blog is finished, and no longer accepts guest posts. Thanks all the same!

A while back, I expressed my intention to feature more guest posts on this blog.

I love guest posts. They strengthen a sense of community among writers. “No blog is an island,” wrote John Donne, or something like that. Guest posts deliver new perspectives and refreshing changes of style.

On a more pragmatic (read: selfish) note, it’s always nice to have someone else write blog posts for me.

“I don’t always write posts for other blogs, but when I do I write them for Typewriter Monkey Task Force.”

“I don’t always write posts for other blogs, but when I do I write them for Typewriter Monkey Task Force.”

TMTF has featured posts from a number of distinguished guests, from Wes Molebash to Paul McCusker. (I’m still psyched that Mr. McCusker authored a post for this blog; he’s a writer whom I admire very much.) Even my typewriter monkeys have written a guest post! (It was a mistake to leave my blog’s password where they could find it.) Yes, guest posts are awesome, and I’d love to share more of them.

Here’s the exciting part: you can write a guest post. Yes, dear reader, you.

The time has come for me to delve into this blog’s dusty archives and bring forth the ancient, sacred principles of Writing a Guest Post for Typewriter Monkey Task Force.

What criteria are needed for a guest post to be featured on TMTF?

It should be about faith, writing, video games or literature

Possible topics for guest posts include creative writing tips, spiritual insights, literary musings or humorous observations about gaming culture. Posts about celebrity hairstyles, trigonometry or rubber bands will be instantly rejected.

It should be well-written

Guest posts should be coherent, succinct and easy to read. Between four hundred to eight hundred words is the ideal length. Grammatical errors and spelling mistakes shall be met with the full fury of my righteous indignation.

It should be funny, insightful or both

I try to make every post on TMTF entertaining or edifying. I don’t always succeed. That makes it even more important for guest posts to succeed where I fail!

It should be pleasant

TMTF is not an edgy or controversial blog, and there are already enough disputes, arguments and insults on the Internet without adding more. The purpose of this blog is “to impart hope or understanding or inspiration—or at the very least a healthy laugh—to someone who needs it.” Guest posts should honor that purpose.

If you’re interested in submitting a guest post, let me know via the Contact page!

I may not accept all submissions. Some guest posts, however well-written, may not be well-suited for this blog. I may suggest changes or edits to guest posts. In all cases, I’ll do my very best to be respectful of the work submitted.

There are many possible topics for guest postage. (Is guest postage a valid phrase? Having already upset grammarians and English professors with the title of this blog post, I can’t be too careful.) These include About Writing posts, Why [Insert Author Name] Is Awesome posts, book reviews, humorous top ten lists and spiritual reflections.

Why write a guest post for this blog? Well, if you have a website, blog, Twitter page or website, it can be featured along with your post.

More importantly, you can become an honorary member of the Typewriter Monkey Task Force! (There are no rules, responsibilities or rewards associated with membership—just bragging rights.) Honorary members of the TMTF include Curious George, Diddy Kong, Fred the Monkey and Matthew McConaughey.

Honorary membership to the TMTF is such an exclusive privilege that most of its lucky recipients aren’t even aware of having been made honorary members. It doesn’t get any classier than that!

Incidentally, my typewriter monkeys and I are always delighted to write posts for other blogs. If you’re in need of some guest postage, let us know!

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