Recently South San Francisco Patch's formidable crew of bloggers have posted on everything from to to .
They have varying interests, but all have something in common: they're South City locals who take the time to share their unique viewpoints about what they find important, interesting, and inspiring.
And you could be one of them.
All you do is click the "Want to blog on Patch?" button near the bottom of the home page or follow this link and you'll be taken to our blogger page where you'll see a button that says "Post on Patch." Click it, write what you want to say, upload some photos or videos if you like, and submit. That's all.
You'll soon find your words live in Patch in our "Local Voices" column in the center of the home page. And you can let your friends know you're now a Patch blogger.
Scroll through the photos above to see exactly how to get going, then start blogging!
We could add a new voice to the site: yours.
There are already plenty of ways to contribute to Patch—by leaving comments on our articles, by posting to our events calendar and by posting announcements. But we're also looking for engaged individuals to be part of our community blogs section.
You Need to Know What It Takes To Be Relevant: We don't have a lot of hard requirements around what we're looking for in a blog outside of this: it's got to be interesting and relevant to South San Francisco residents, because they're South San Francisco City residents. Maybe you're talking about our local politics. Maybe you're spreading news about community projects. Maybe you're the local authority on a given topic, such as local schools, entertainment or arts and culture. All of those sound great. If South San Francisco residents feel more plugged into their community after reading it, you've hit the nail on the head.
You Need to Know What Kind of Blogs We're Looking For: Well, just about anything, if there's a local hook. Got perspective on how the community's changed over the years? Want a place to showcase your cool photos from around town? Need a de-facto online newsletter for your community group? Got favorite recipes to share, or books to recommend? All of those sound like contenders to us.
You Need to Know What We Consider Responsible: Opinions are awesome, particularly well-thought-out ones, backed up with facts. But personal insults, unfounded claims and defamation aren't what we're looking for. When opinions get strong and contentious, it's not always clear where the fine lines are drawn, but we're more than happy to help guide you through those murky waters. And as long as your intention is to keep things above-board, we're happy to have you on the site.
You Need to Know We're Paying in Gratitude: Sorry, you might get fame, but not fortune, from your South City Patch blog. So here's the deal: We get the privilege of hosting your valuable views. You get to put them on a site that's increasingly serving as a community hub, where more and more people will have the opportunity to discover them all the time. And since we're part of the Huffington Post Media Group, we may occasionally be able to put your submission in front of a huge audience. You can write as often (or as infrequently) as you'd like, though we'd love it if you can come back again and again.
You Need to Know You'll Have a Lot of Freedom: We see our coming blogs as a bit different than our staff- and freelancer-produced content—which is to say, we don't expect to do a lot of heavy editing. We'll be keeping an eye out for anything inappropriate and trying to cultivate an atmosphere that's constructive, with a lot of diverse views aired in useful ways. But we're not planning to do a lot of line-by-line tweaking of your material. If we've got a serious concern with a submission, we'll let you know. But other than that, it's your words coming through, not ours.
If that sounds good to you, all you have to do is sign up for a blog and start posting. Patch blogs give anyone the power to easily share ideas, expertise, questions, or even just a cool photo with the whole neighborhood. Simple as that!