Write

WalkSydney needs your voice to carry out our mission to make walking better. If you’ve ever thought about what makes your street wonderful or challenging, you could write about it.

Posts range from personal essays to technical analyses and combinations of everything in between. WalkSydney welcomes all perspectives, from experienced professionals sharing their research to high school students’ observations; we’re particularly interested in posts with viewpoints not already represented on the site.

Most posts are about 500 to 1000 words long, but great posts may be shorter or longer. Your own images or properly sourced pictures, charts, graphs, and other visual aids will help you make your point clearly and concisely. We welcome one-off posts as well as new regular writers willing to commit to a biweekly, monthly, or quarterly schedule.

WalkSydney uses WordPress to publish posts and organise our site. All submitted posts are reviewed and copy-edited by the our editors. The editors ensure posts meet our common-sense Editorial Policy intended to foster active, civil conversation about cities, streets, and places and the people in them.

WalkSydney editors can also offer guidance on using WordPress, reviewing drafts, or troubleshooting posts.

To set up a contributor account, get more information, or ask a question about writing for WalkSydney, contact us  at walksydney1@gmail.com.

 

A summary of how to get started:

1. Join WordPress

 
a) Join WordPress – https://wordpress.com/
b) Email walksydney1@gmail.com to be added to the WalkSydney wordpress.
Current WordPress roles
    • Everyone is a Contributor 
      • Contributors can create a post 
      • Contributors can upload files. 
    • David, Yvonne, and Brigid are Administrators.
      • Only Admins can post. 

2. Start drafting posts

 
  1.  Go to Blog Post – Add
  2.  Start writing your blog post
  3. Check the Post Settings to see if there is anything else that can be added – eg. Add a Feature Image, Categories & Tags
 
Not sure what to post?
 
Have a look at previous posts to get an idea.
The focus is on whatever matters to people on foot, from Wollongong to Newcastle and from the Pacific to the Blue Mountains.  We hope WalkSydney will not be contained to just the CBD or City of Sydney! So if there is an issue of importance in Sutherland Shire, and you have prepared public testimony or written a submission to the relevant officials, that could be adapted into a post.
And it’s not just problems and outrages (though there will be plenty of that), it’s also things that are great, and maybe things that should be replicated or adapted elsewhere.
Generally, every post should have an image (this greatly increases visibility on social media).
Are you having trouble with images?  (This is due to incompatibilities with plugins.)
 
To be able to upload images as a Contributor:
Login via:
Note this login is the one created in wp-admin, so differs from what was created in wordpress.com
Users will be able to change this password as needed by clicking on “forgot password”
Once you are logged in this way, you should be able to upload photos via “Add Media”. (The interface looks a bit more archaic, because it is.)
 

3.  Set to Pending Review

Once your post is ready, please don’t “Publish” yet, set it to Pending Review.   (Under Post Settings, Status, Pending Review).

4.  An administrator will publish the post