Interesting in guest writing for CSS-Tricks? We love guest writers around here! It’s always a win-win-win.
- It’s a win for our readers, as they get to learn from your experience. Nobody knows exactly what you know.
- It’s a win for you, the writer. We have a budget for guest writing of $250 for most articles (payable via PayPal with no exceptions). That slides up and when the work will clearly require much more research and writing, and down when the article has any angle of self promotion in it
- It’s a win for our website. We exist on content that people who make websites want to read.
Table of contents
- What to keep in mind when guest writing
- What you should write about
- Audience, tone, and length
- Pitch form
What to keep in mind when guest writing
- Write the article you wish you found when you Googled for it. (Chris’ tweet)
- Deliver a
sensation of lived experience and professional acumen. (Frank Chimero)
Would you be happy to land on this article from a search? Are you speaking to me, developer-to-developer, from experience?
What you should write about
We prefer if you are motivated because you have something you very much want to share. And, that you have a deep knowledge on this topic. You are excited about it. You’re ready to tell people about it on CSS-Tricks. That’s what makes for good guest writing on CSS-Tricks.
Audience, tone, and length
The tone should be:
- Friendly. Authoritative. Welcoming.
- “We’re all in this together.”
- Flexible (non-dogmatic in expression of ideas).
- Minimal jargon and lots of plain language.
- Reverent, thankful, and grateful for the reader’s time and attention.
- Sara Soueidan wrote a great well-researched in-depth post on SMIL.
- Tim Evko wrote about solving a problem he was having in WordPress surrounding responsive images, and built an entire plugin for it.
- Zell Liew wrote a book about Susy, so wrote a tutorial on re-creating the CSS-Tricks layout with it in part to promote that book. Joni Trythall did similar with her book release.
- Tobias Günther wrote about a common problem in Git, a problem he’s solved pretty well in building his own app Tower.
Authors have their own dedicated page on the site. For example, Scott Fennell.
Let’s say the loose goal for length is 600 words. An article can be shorter if it’s extremely useful and clear, and that would be appreciated. Or an article can be a super huge beefy guide covering tons of details on a technology, and that would be appreciated as well.
- A healthy amount of relevant images/videos (no joke GIFs/memes)
- Blocks of code that get right to the most important concepts.
- Demos. CodePen, if possible; other interactive code embeds, if needed.
You’ll need to write the article to the best of your ability upfront. It doesn’t have to be perfect. There will be an editing process that happens after that, but we need to get a sense for your writing style, concept, and professional acumen right upfront, so we can decide if we should proceed with it.
If you don’t have the time to write an article that may not be published on CSS-Tricks, we totally understand, but we can’t commit to publishing anything without seeing a complete draft. If you’d like to send in a shorter pitch instead, to get a signal on if the idea is worth pursuing, that’s fine, but no publishing decision will be make until a complete draft is in.
We ask everyone to fill out this form to guest post on CSS-Tricks, whether you have written for us before or are a new writer. We will never share your private information without your expressed permission. Thank you in advance for taking the time.