The TechRepublic How do I... blog is all about showing TechRepublic members how to accomplish a specific task, but it has occurred to us that perhaps our members actually know how to do something. And it is further possible that what you know how to do would be interesting or helpful, or both, to other TechRepublic members. Therefore, we are introducing the Blog Submission Tool, which allows TechRepublic members to submit blog posts for the How do I... blog.
If your submission to the How do I... blog meets the criteria outlined below, it could get published as an entry in the blog under your name, making you the talk of the blogosphere, or at least TechRepublic's little corner of it, long enough to claim your 15 minutes of fame.
Here is what we are looking for in a How do I... blog post:
The idea is that each post will be a specific step-by-step guide or tutorial on how to complete a specific IT task, or achieve a specific configuration. But it will be more than a list. The post will include expert observations about why a reader should do it this way as opposed to another. It will include caveats and tips on how to avoid trouble, and diagrams, flowcharts, screenshots, or visual aids as needed (Images have to be published on the Web separately - please use original images. We can make arrangements to publish images if necessary).
The main features that should be part of every How do I blog entry:
- Practical — something tangible is being accomplished. Something is being configured, some problem is fixed, something works better than it did before.
- Repeatable — the procedure applies to a broad audience and is repeatable.
- Procedural — if you follow the How do I post and do what it tells you to do, you will get the same results as are explained in the blog entry.
- Demonstrable — many How do I... blog posts are best communicated with images, screenshots, diagrams, flowcharts, and other visual aids.
- Discussable — while a How do I... will always show how to accomplish a task, it does not have to show the only way to do a task. In fact, readers are encouraged to offer their own How do I...'s explaining how they would accomplish the task in question.
- Meaningful — each How do I... should be relevant to our readers, either because they have expressed frustration about not knowing how to do a task or because the editor believes there are readers who want to know how to do this task.
- Extendable — many How do I articles will have accompanying Photo Galleries and Downloads so readers can acquire the information in whatever format they choose.
Who knows, maybe you can become a regular paid contributor to TechRepublic — but first you need to submit a successful How do I... blog post using the Blog Submission Tool. Come on — we know you know how to do something technical that you want to share with the rest of us.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.