We are always looking for blog posts from graduate students. If you are interested in blogging for us, review our blog post guidelines below and email Sarah Howard with your ideas! As thanks for your hard work, we'll add $10 to your WatCard once your post is published.
GRADventure Blog Post Guidelines
- The title can often attract attention and interest. It’s all too easy to write a boring headline. The title is the first thing someone sees when the post is shared on social media, so you want to take advantage of that.
- Boring headline: How to write a resume
- More interesting headline: Crafting That Perfect CV: Some Tips on Resume Writing for Grad Students
- Considering that you’ll be blogging for GRADventure, we want content that speaks to the importance of professional development skills.
- Is the topic relevant or is it catered to a niche market? For example, a post on how to survive psychology conferences may not resonate with everyone, but a general guide to networking might. Test the concept with other grad students to see if they would spend time reading it.
- Source ideas from other grad students. What topics do they want to know more about? What is going to be of use to them?
- Potential ideas:
- Have you attended a workshop from one of our campus partners (e.g.Centre for Teaching Excellence, Centre for Career Action, Library, MITACS, The Writing Centre, Student Success Office)? We’d love to hear about the experience and how you might have found it helpful for your professional aspirations.
- Have you applied for jobs and gone through the interview process? Write a post with your tips for interviewing.
- Have you engaged someone in an informational interview? Write a “dos and don’ts” about informational interviewing.
The Blog Post
- Is the post coherent? Make sure you don’t go off on any tangents. Grad students are busy and you want to make sure that you’re concise and to the point.
- How long is it? Try and keep the post to one page (Microsoft Word document page length) at most. Another metric is how long it takes to read it. If it takes more than 3-5 minutes to read through the post, you’ll probably lose the reader. There is also risk that they might stop reading the blog in general.
- Try to hyperlink words to other resources. Also, make sure that hyperlinks open new windows so that the reader is not directed away from the post itself
- In line with hyperlinks, make sure the information you are sharing is accurate (stats, numbers etc). Always link to the source where possible
- Pictures! They say “a picture is worth a thousand words”. And it’s true. Pictures also show up when blog posts are shared on different social media platforms, making someone more likely to click. Pictures can help make a blog post more engaging and visually pleasing. Take time to find a creative commons licensed picture that tells the story well. Where possible, use humour.
- After writing the post, take a break from it for a few hours or a day and then return to it with fresh eyes. You might spot some parts that could use some sprucing up. You could also have someone else read it. Before you submit it for publication, read it out loud to yourself. This can help ensure you are writing something that is coherent and readable. It’ll also give you an idea of how long the blog post is and if/where it needs some trimming.