I’m trying to spread the word to anyone interested, the More Good Foundation is starting a new aggregate blog to serve as a resource for those looking for LDS information online. They are currently looking to recruit writers to contribute to the blog. I’ll copy part of an email below from Ms. Lisa Pietsch who is currently recruiting writers for this project:
Thank you for your interest in the LDSBlogs.com project being created by the More Good Foundation.
I should first explain that this is above all else an LDS project. Hired personnel must be members of the Church and knowledgeable on the topic(s) for which they are hired.
For those of you who are not familiar with my work, I was the Community Manager/Blog Manager for www.Families.com (LDS member owned) from December 2005 to April 2007. In April of this year, I took a position with www.Adoption.com (LDS member owned) and became the Blog Manager at www.AdoptionBlogs.com. I am also slated to be the Blog Manager of www.Sharespace.com (LDS member owned) when it launches. My expertise is in writing and the management and organization of blogging projects. As I am not a Mormon (I have taken lessons from missionaries, read the Book of Mormon and done considerable reading on the Church) my job here is to set up the project, write the Blogger and Editor Handbooks, find, hire and train great LDS writers and a Blog Manager and then go my happy way. (Which will not be a problem since my husband and I are expecting our second son at the end of this year.) I have agreed to be available to advise/assist the Blog Manager in future if need be on a completely volunteer basis.
We are hoping to start with 15 Bloggers and a Blog Manager who may or may not cover a topic as well as managing. The starting topic list is as follows:
1. Learning about the Mormon Church (and for new members)
2. Strengthening Families & Marriages (traditions, family home evening, preserving memories, single parenting, family reunions, family prayer & scriptures, etc.)
3. Prophets, Apostles & General Authorities
4. Scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.)
5. LDS News - (Church news & members in the news)
6. Preparedness (food storage, financial, emergency and disaster preparedness, etc.)
7. Family History & Temple Work
8. Finding Joy (happiness, balance, light, peace, abundance, repentance, forgiveness, overcomming depression, addiction recovery, etc.)
9. Missionary Work (online missionary work, member missionary work, mission reunions, mission preparation, etc.)
10. Relief Society & Women’s Issues (divine nature of women, motherhood)
11. Young Single Adults (college, institute, BYU, dating, weddings, etc)
12. LDS Youth & Seminary (being “in” but not of the world, high school, etc.)
13. LDS Primary & Kids (for leaders & parents, primary talks & activities, etc.)
14. Preisthood & Scouting (priesthood service, BYU sports, leadership, home teaching, etc.)
15. LDS Gospel Doctrine (ask a question)
Please bear in mind that this is a tentative topic list and will eventually be expanded to include many, many more bloggers.
Blogs will be expected to be a total of 400 words, including relevant scripture quotes. There will be a required minimum of one blog per business day (approximately 20 blogs per month) and the maximum number of blogs per month will likely be in the range of 60-75. Bloggers will be asked to contribute to related forums at the brand new LDSforums.com site, and link to related articles at MormonWiki.com in their blog entries. Bloggers will be paid $3 per blog during a 90-day probationary period and $4 per blog thereafter. There will also be a small monthly bonus offered based upon page views.
The Moore Good Foundation would like to launch this project ASAP. As I am only contracted through the end of October, I expect the launch to be this month so that we’ll have at least 4-6 weeks to get everyone settled and comfortable in their positions prior to my departure.
Please feel free to share this email with friends, family, and any other Church members who may be interested in participating in this project. As well as staffing the initial 15 blogs and Blog Manager, I’ll be compiling a list of qualified applicants to hire as this project expands.
Applications may be sent via email to LMPietsch@gmail.com and should include the following:
1. A short introduction describing the applicant and their relationship with the Church including positions held, missionary work, etc.
2. 2-3 400-word writing samples on an LDS topic.
3. The topic(s) from the list above for which they are applying to write.
I know a lot of you are great writers out there. If this sounds like your kind of thing, send Lisa an email and you may end up with a nice little extra income while getting to know some other really great LDS bloggers. I encourage you to spread the word to anyone else who you may think would be interested in blogging for this project.
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