At MyWhaleCoast, our aim is to provide the best, most up to date news and information on anything related to the Overstrand. The Overstrand is one of the best places to have a holiday and our aim is to let the world know.
MyWhaleCoast is always looking for talented and creative writers to provide us with engaging and unique content and we’d love to get you involved with the MyWhaleCoast team!
What We Want:
We want Edgy and awesome travel writing ot experiences inside the Overstrand. Young and in your face. We aren’t going to get anywhere by writing the same old stuff that’s already all over the web – we need an edge. And the content is where we’ll find our edge. (And that’s where you come in!)
Sure, we accept standard stuff about food, wine and beaches. but we also want travel stories that are jaw-droppingly awesome, unique, interesting, out of the box, off the tourist trail, and adventurous. We want the scary moments, the honest moments, the sex drugs and rock and roll of travel. We want a little bit of grit!
And yeah, it can’t all be like that. Sometimes you have an interesting story to tell about a volunteer program or a great beach, and there’s just no rock and roll Gonzo action in the story. That’s okay too – but be sure to include yourself and your personality in the story – make it come alive!
Imagine if Anthony Bourdain and Hunter S. Thompson ran a Magazine – That’s what we’re after.
Please note: If you include contextual links to other companies who you represent or who are paying to write / market for them, that falls in the realm of Sponsored Content. Unless you are a Committed Contributor and representing your own brand.
What You Get:
We currently don’t pay for article submissions, but we plan to pay regular contributors in the near future. You’ll get a bio with a link to your website at the end of each post.
Style Notes & Writing Guidelines:
As a rule, we like to keep things short and sweet and VISUAL! 500 to 700 words is a good starting point for most articles. We do serialize longer pieces – often larger articles work better on the web when split into several shorter pieces, linked together as a series. The stories of places you’ve visited are great. It makes more sense to be very specific with your articles. Don’t write about “My Trip to Onrus,” but instead, write more specifically, like: “Crashing My Bike in Fernkloof.” Personal stories are awesome. Top 10 lists are also great.
All story ideas/pitches should be pitched to me in a clear and FOCUSED manner. This is important, so I’ll re-iterate: Please don’t say, “I want to write an article about Food!” Instead say, “I want to write an article about Crazy Street Food in Kleinmond, and tell the story about when I ate slap chips and vinegar!”
Originality and Duplicate Content:
All content must be original. If you have something published elsewhere online or even in a blog, we can’t publish it. Google hates that. If you have a blog and you want to rewrite and change one of your posts to be published on MyWhaleCoast, that’s fine, but it must be 60% rewritten.
If you plan on including images (please do if you have them!), please pre-shrink the images to 640 px wide.
- Perfect grammar and strong writing skills
- Relevant writing and blogging experience
- Works (or has worked) in social media and digital marketing
- Eager to share your best ideas and strategies with our readers
Which program is right for you?
The “Committed Contributor” is the program to join if you are able to commit to writing (and publishing) a minimum of one unique post to article every month. Committed Contributors receive a plethora of benefits, such as being labeled as an Overstrand Expert, and it will help increase exposure to your content and help you grow your personal and professional brand. You will also be able to market your company as part of your contribution.
- Travel News / Travel Top 10
- Food & Wine
- Tourist attractions.
- Food and Wine features.
- History of the region.
- Fauna and Flora (Very big focus on conservation).
- Marine life and marine features.
- Business Reviews.
- Professional advise around careers.
- Social Compact Stories.
- Someone to write about camping and camping sites.
- Someone to write about vehicles.
- We don’t want to write about politics.
- Pringle Bay, Rooi Els, and Betty’s Bay.
- Kleinmond, Botrivier and Arabella.
- Fisherhaven and Karwyderskraal.
- Hawston (Hawston should not only be known as a Geo Aplon town, but it is also home to some of the richest heritage in the Overstrand and we want to hear from you!).
- Vermont, Onrus, Sandbaai, Zwelihle and Mount Pleasant.
- Hemel and Aarde Valley.
- Klein Rivier and Walker Bay.
- Stanford up to Tesselaarsdal.
- Gansbaai (including De Kelders, Birkenhead and Franskraal)
- Uilenkraal and Baardskeerdersbos.
- Pearly Beach and Die Dam.
- Elim and Wolvengat.
The Casual Contributor program is best for those of you who want to contribute to the site but do not have the time to commit to monthly content.
What You Should Do Now:
The next step is to contact us via e-mail. Pitch us an idea, or link to a writing sample or send us an article you’d like us to consider publishing.
WhatsApp: +27 71 445 6088