It’s every bloggers dream isn’t it? Getting published on The Huffington Post. I know it was mine. So how do you do it? How did I manage to do it after three months blogging? Me. That newbie blogger trying to swim in a sea of bloggers.
The Huffington Post is like buckle on your ever expanding belt of achievements as a blogger. The one thing we strive for. It seems as though we are all going for our goals these days and that makes me happy.
I thought it would be good to share my success with you all and how I did it myself. It kinda adds a bit of credibility to the writing you are churning out. I can certainly agree with this. But it’s free. You don’t get paid to do it. I think this is important to raise.
P.s. Here is the article itself if you missed it!
I emailed Arianna Huffington Directly.
I took a chance one day and decided I wanted to be featured on there. I have so much to say on mental health that I thought, “why not?!” It’s more exposure on an area very close to my heart. I feel like everyone should know about it and definitely shouldn’t be ignoring it.
I did question myself though. Why would she want to hear from me?
The thing is, we have to take chances. I would normally be the last one to NOT take chances. But since starting this blog my confidence has really grown. I feel like my writing is getting better, and this in itself has given me the push to want more now.
I’ve learnt that emailing people is forward. It’s a bold move. But it’s not that scary. If you feel like you are at this stage – do it.
After all, you have nothing to lose, do you?
Imagine if you were meeting Arianna in person. Now that would be scary (for me anyway)! Sitting behind a computer screen kind of gives you a little barrier between yourself and the outside world. Remember that!
The relief I felt after pressing the send button was amazing. Now it was in the hands of Arianna and I no longer had to think about it. Phew!
What did I say in my email?
If you are reading this you are probably also a blogger. Or you might just be a reader. Hello either way!
If you are a perfectionist like I am then you’ll be going over and over what to say on your email. Making sure that the right meaning is given, but without sounding too earnest.
All I’d say is keep is short and sweet.
The email submitted had the whole blog post first on it. I think this is a good idea as it shows her what your writing will be like. I attached it to the email and also pasted the words once I’d finished the email itself. This allows her to be able to read it easily and without too much effort. After all, she’s probably a very busy lady (or her PA is at least)!
Honestly I’d thought of everything before sending!
Then I wrote a brief description about the post and why mental health means so much to me. That was it.
Within a few hours I’d had an email from her, and then an email from one of the editors with log in details.
So what did I actually write about?
I struggled to keep my word count down to be honest. I had so much to write, but only 1000 words to do it in. Like I said I could go on and on about mental health.
Hopefully you’ve read it by now so you know what I actually put in it haha. But this is what I was aiming for:
I wrote about mental health. I wrote about how passionate I am about it.
I told EVERYONE that I suffer from anxiety. My life is now very much online and I thought that there was no point in hiding this. I wrote about the stigma attached to it. I included some of the most common words I hear uttered out of people’s mouths around mental health.
I showed my passion. My enthusiasm. I showed how much effort and how much I wanted his.
I finished off the post by advising you that I will bang on about mental health until the cows come home. You know, a little bit of humour.
Because I will. My words will make this happen.
I want to help you get to the point at which you are happy with your illness.
Where you can say you’ve overcome it or are at least managing it. Even if you feel like you can’t be happy about it, at least you can bear it.
My final thoughts
This is going to open up doors (I hope!). I can now freely write on the blogger section of The Huffington post just by logging in. I’ve decided I’ll be posting on there every month now.
pLus do remember though that you don’t get paid to write there. You are doing this willingly, for nothing. But you are gaining valuable experience as a new blogger and this is what I wanted.
But I’m not going to stop there, oh no.
I’ve got much more to share. Follow me on this journey not only I am following, but you too. Let’s grow together. Let’s spur each other on by winning and growing together.
Have you read my post yet? What were your thoughts? What thoughts do you have on mental health?
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