SMART Recovery® Blog Guidelines
SMART Recovery (SMART) welcomes contributions to our blog. Submissions should cover topics of interest, relevant to addiction and recovery.
A few guidelines to get you writing in the right direction.
• Who is your audience? The SMART blog is designed to help us grow awareness of SMART amongst potential participants, facilitators and volunteers, as well as with the general population. While we want to cover topics of interest to those familiar with SMART, before you start writing, think about who you want to write to. If you’re unsure of who the audience might be for your chosen topic, touch base with us in advance of writing the article to get some feedback.
• Keep your language simple. When you’re familiar with a program, it can be easy to fall into using familiar language or acronyms. Remember how confused you were when you first heard the terms REBT, CBA and ABC? If you use a term familiar to those involved in SMART, use it sparingly, or explain what you mean.
• A blog post doesn’t have to be War and Peace. Blog posts don’t have to be long – in fact, many blog readers prefer shorter articles rather than longer ones. A good rule of thumb is to aim for between 500 and 750 words, though shorter articles are fine if they hit all the right notes.
• Use your own voice. We want others to participate in writing the SMART blog because different stories in different voices will speak to people in a variety of ways – and we want to show that SMART is made up of a wide variety of individuals with different stories to tell. While it’s a great idea to read the blog on a regular basis to make sure you aren’t repeating what someone else said, don’t try to fit your writing style – your “voice” – into the tone of other articles.
We will review submissions and provide feedback before we agree to post an article. The primary task of the Blog Editing Team is to ensure that all submissions are evaluated primarily with regard to importance, quality of the submission, readability and relevance to SMART’s broad objectives. The Blog Team has ultimate responsibility for making final decisions on submissions. The Blog Team is also responsible for supplying visual accompaniment (usually in the form of a vertically oriented photograph), for any submissions accepted for publication.
The Blog Team may edit all content, including titles and images to improve readability and appearance. Authors will be informed of any editorial changes prior to publication, and they have the option of withdrawing their submission if they do not agree with the editorial changes. However, the Blog Team will have ultimate responsibility for decisions regarding such changes. Our mutual goal is to work together with writers to provide meaningful and appealing topics to the SMART community as well as with the general population.
We appreciate you taking the time to do some blog writing – let us know if you have any questions!