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DIY Life is looking for talent

Have you ever done things yourself? Have you ever thought about getting paid to blog about it? Are you handy as all-get-out? If so, have I got news for you...

Weblogs, inc. (an AOL company) is the world's largest publisher of web logs (blogs) and is looking for talented writers with a definitive do-it-yourself sensibility to join our team of bloggers! We need people who know a lot about everything and who can help our readers become a bit more handy on a regular basis. We would like to invite you to apply to blog for us.

Here's how it works:
You write short articles online (blog posts) for us that help our readers do-it-themselves with handy tips on everything including: home improvement, gardening, computers, scrapbooking, finances, weekend building projects, kids, cooking, wedding tips, organization, toys, recreation, etc. and we'll pay you to do it.

Here is what we need from you:
To apply for this blogging "position", send the following information to the email addresses at the bottom of the screen:

  1. Some information about you.

    • Your full name
    • What your qualifications and interests are in the realm of DIY.
    • The address(es) of your blog(s) or website(s) if you've already been writing on the subject.
    • What you can bring to DIYlife that we haven't already got, and so on.
  2. What we can depend on you to do. How many posts can you write a week? Can you write every day, every other day, or just during a particular phase of the moon? If we needed an original step-by-step walk-through done from scratch in 48 hours, could you do it? We need to know.

  3. Three original blog posts. Consider this the audition, the resume, the golf-swing. We want you to write some stuff (imagine that). We won't accept anything that's been published anywhere before. (Note: You retain ownership and all rights to anything you submit in your application, and we won't publish it anywhere, unless we bring you on-board.) Emphasis on the original, emphasis on the three. Show off your knowledge of your topic, show off your ability to go in-depth and beyond the blurb, show off your wit and passion, and show off your impeccable grammar and spelling. Send us one of each of the following three kinds of posts:

    1. Technique or tool profile: Introduce us to a tool or technique that we may not have heard of or know about. Tell us about the particulars of it, how an average joe could use the tool effectively or perform this technique.

    2. How-to/tutorial: Show us how to do something useful. It can be a simple tip (or a bunch of tips), or it can be a full-fledged tutorial, but make sure it's good, original and interesting to read.

    3. News item: An in-depth report on a current event or trend in the DIY world. This can be something about a retailer or a general story on what people are doing to their homes, etc. We're not the Associated Press, and your post shouldn't read like it, but it should be interesting and informative.

A tall order, to be sure, but we know you're up to it. Impress us, entertain us, make us wish we had grabbed you a month ago, and you could be the newest DIYlife blogger on your block (which happens to need a coat of paint and shutters)!

One note: if you happen to be a specialist in electronics or robotics we're especially keen to talk to you. If you wish to specialize in something we're missing in the realm of DIY, drop us a line and let's chat. But we're mostly looking for DIY generalists, so be sure to follow the instructions for best results.

No attachments, please! Send your samples in the body of your e-mail.

After double-checking to make sure you've included all of the above, send your email with samples to the address you see in the graphic below. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot personally reply to every applicant. Yes, this is a paid position, in case we hadn't mentioned that already.





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