2023 Open Call for New Contributors + Moms Who Love Lansing

Hey there, Mama!

Are you a Lansing area mom who enjoys writing, social media, and connecting with women in your community?

Are you interested in connecting with other moms while using your love for creative writing or social media? Creating fun online content?

Lansing Mom Open Call for Writing and Social Media Contributors

The Lansing Mom team is growing and we’re SO excited! We are looking for local women with fresh and diverse voices who are passionate about motherhood and who want to share their experiences with other women in the city of Lansing and beyond. Lansing Mom is committed to creating a community where ALL moms feel welcome at the table, and we are expanding our writing team to give space to the voices we haven’t heard from yet. We’re living in crazy times and now more than ever women need support. They want to hear from you!

So, is it your voice and experience that we’re missing? We want to hear from you!

Or, do you know someone who would be great in this role? We hope you’ll tell them about this opportunity!

*Note: You do not have to be a blogger to apply. This is a volunteer role with some fun perks! Keep reading…

We’re incredibly excited that you would consider sharing your thoughts and experiences with the Lansing Mom readers! Before you think more on the opportunity, please read the following guidelines and feel free to contact us with any questions. We welcome ALL questions. We want to make sure this is the best fit for YOU. We have plenty of opportunities depending on what you love the most about being part of a community.

Who we are looking for….

The Lansing area is a vibrant community with so many amazing parenting styles and cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds represented and we would love to continue to build a team that echoes the diversity of our community. We want to make sure we are. With that in mind, the writers we are looking for are……

  • Moms in and around the Lansing area who have a passion for motherhood, our city, and enjoy writing
  • Women with a sense of humor and zest for life who don’t tend to take themselves too seriously
  • A diverse group of women who represent the demographics of our community
  • Moms of children of all ages, from infants to college-age and beyond.

Think LOCAL : We love to keep our content relevant to Lansing and the surrounding areas…or at least within driving distance for day trips and outings. Blog posts can feature places to go and things to do while more general topics {potty training, DIY, working, etc.} can be given a local twist simply because they are written by a local mom – YOU!

Think MOMS : It may sound obvious, but Lansing Mom’s target audience is made up of moms, so it only makes sense that our content remains under the broad category of parenting, within which you have a ton of subtopics to choose from – the experience of being a mom, phases of development, tips and tricks, home management strategies specific to moms, culture and community, work experience, and, of course, all the locally-focused ideas mentioned above. If you have an idea that interests you and your friends, our readers would probably love to read about it, too!

Think CONNECTIONS : We encourage you to think critically about ways to engage your audience. Try to include clever and catchy post titles that draw people in or spark curiosity, and give your readers a reason to comment by asking questions – “So tell me, what is the most awful potty training experience you have ever encountered?”

Most Importantly : Write or share what you love, and love what you share or write!

As you consider what content to submit as a sample with your application, please think on these important guidelines:

  • Your sample submissions must be original to you, meaning, you are the author. Please keep copyright infringement laws in mind.
  • The submission with your application should be a sampling of your writing (500-600 words) or if you are looking to create social media video content, a video of the content you would create.
  • Content should be free from the following: political endorsement of a party or candidate, political commentary, and derogatory or inflammatory language.

If you’re selected to join our team of writers, here’s what you can expect:

What you give

One original post per month that fits within the brand and mission of Lansing Mom.

OR 3 Micro Blogs…

Have you seen those pictures floating around Facebook with the lengthy captions? Those are micros. They’re prominent on Instagram as well. You can think of them as mini blogs, but they’re not great for everything, so here at Lansing Mom we mix these in with traditional blogs and lots of other content!

Since they are shorter in length, microblogs are meant to grab the reader’s attention immediately. Personal, relatable stories about everyday life and relationships often connect with our readers. If this sounds interesting, microblogging might be for you!

OR 1 Video Content…

So you love Instagram Reels, Tik Tok and Facebook Videos? Then this is the spot for you. You will be responsible for creating one piece of video content per month, whether it’s a super relatable reel, you want to lead our Tik Tok or you want to create engaging Facebook Videos, we’ve got something for you. All content is pre-approved by the Lansing Mom Team.

A 6-month commitment, with the first 3 months being probationary
Reside in or around Lansing
A passion for moms, kids and our community
Interaction with our content on social media
Interest and availability to attend some in person events
A reliable, positive and fun personality!

What you get….

Your photo and bio on the Lansing Mom “Meet Our Team” Page.
Links to your personal blog and/or social media handles (if you choose to share them) in your author bio below your articles
Involvement in the LM Contributor Facebook group
Professional development, workshops, and personal growth
Professional editing provided by LM’s Content Editor on every article you submit
Access to pre-sale tickets to LM events as available
New friendships and an amazing experience!

So what are you waiting for?! Applications can be submitted at one of the following links.

If you are interested in being on our writing team, apply here and for our social team, apply here!


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