WikiWomen's Collaborative/Blogs

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WikiWomen's Collaborative bloggers write content for the WikiWomen's Collaborative Blog, a series of blog posts that are hosted on the Wikimedia blog. Collab bloggers share the stories of Wikipedians around the world, explain how to do on-wiki tasks through how to's, showcase recent events, and stress the importance of women's participation within the Wikimedia movement.

What does a blogger do?[edit]

Bloggers:

  1. Write 300-700 word blog posts about the Wikimedia movement: how-to's, interviews, stories, essays, successes, event recaps, anything that may be of interest for or about WikiWomen. Your writing celebrates women who contribute and it engages women who don't yet contribute to Wikimedia projects
  2. Work with blog coordinators as necessary to ensure your posts get scheduled on the Wikimedia calendar, copy edited and published
  3. Partner with translators to translate your posts as needed

Volunteer benefits[edit]

Bloggers with sustained participation in their role may be eligible for volunteer benefits such as:

  • Linked In recommendations
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Community service hours
  • Wikimedia swag
  • Volunteer party at Wikimania

Sign up![edit]

Want to be a WikiWomen's Collaborative blogger? Add your contact information below. All information is optional, but the more information the easier it is for blog coordinators and Collab members to contact you. Don't forget to add this page to your watchlist. Thank you for volunteering!

Blogging process[edit]

Note: Posts are first drafted on meta-wiki, starting from the Wikimedia Blog page. This page is primarily maintained by the Wikimedia Communications team, specifically Matthew Roth, who reviews and publishes the posts. Drafting on-wiki allows for easy editing, and for community engagement as needed. We also work closely with the communications team to schedule the posts. We have at least one blog post per week, if not more.

1. Start drafting your post by creating a subpage for it here.

  • When adding links to your post, be sure to link to them in the format of an external link, not a wikilink. Like this:

The Wikipedia article about Wikipedia is a real funny article.

2. Add an image or video from Commons by using standard wiki-markup.

3. Translate your article below the English version, or create a subpage.

4. Sign your post with the following format (all sections are optional)

  • Your name (real or fake), Username, Affiliation

5. Once you've saved your draft and you are ready to have it reviewed, please post on Matthew's talk page or email him at mroth@wikimedia.org, and also leave a talk page comment or email for the blog coordinator you worked with. They will proof read it for you and contact you about any changes.

6. If you need an article translated, contact our volunteer translators for help!

7. After it's been reviewed, work with a coordinator to schedule your post on the calendar. We try to have at least one or two posts by WikiWomen a week. Mondays and Thursdays are good days to pick. You can let Matthew know the day you've scheduled it for and he will queue it on the blog for you.

8. The Wikimedia Foundation will send and post Tweets and Facebook announcements about your post on the Wikipedia Twitter and Facebook. Click here to learn more about how to propose a Tweet or Facebook to the social media team.

9. The WikiWomen's Collaborative has a Facebook team to get the word out (which is automatically posted on Twitter). You can propose a Facebook post (it can be multilingual) here.

Tips[edit]

  • Blog posts should be between 300-700 words.
  • Not all of the readers of the Wikimedia blog are Wikipedians. Keep that in mind when talking about policies and procedures.
  • If your post is relevant to not just English Wikipedia, or not just a primarily English speaking audience, then write it in English and another language - the more languages the merrier!|}
Username Email Languages Interests
SarahStierch sstierch@wikimedia.org English Interviews, Wikipedia gender gap, news
Siko sbouterse@wikimedia.org English Profiles, news
Netha Hussain nethahussain@gmail.com English, Malayalam Profiles, interviews, Wikipedia gender gap
Sara Snyder sosarasays@gmail.com English Interviews, profiles, GLAM-related
Dreamyshade brittag@gmail.com English How-tos
Lila lilapagola@gmail.com Spanish, English Interviews, Wikipedia gender gap, Education-related activities (especially art, design, photo)
Carliita carlaelizabeth_13@hotmail.com Spanish, English Interviews,Culture,Health,languages and also Middle Eastern countries
outofindia outofindia@gmail.com English photograps, videos and travel guides
daniellaalpher English Wikipedia gender gap, specifically republishing this blog post
Joyce Lu lqiuchi@gmail.com Chinese, English Interviews, wikipedia gender gap, PR-related, GLAM-related(especially art, fashion, design), Cross-cultural topics
Ankita Shukla ankitashukla707@gmail.com English, Hindi Tech, women-in-tech, events, interviews, outreach
Preethi Thomas preethit@gmail.com English, Malayalam Profiles, interviews, Wikipedia gender gap
Elisa (Ting-Yi) Chang tingyi@cis-india.org English, Chinese Gender gap related issues, outreach experience, interviews, community building (in Indian context)