As long as the articles are useful to our readers, we do not charge to run them and we are happy to include links relevant or useful to our readers in the body of the article, Plus, in your bio, you can link to the company where you work, your portfolio site, or your author page.
But. There’s a catch. The article has to actually be useful. That means that it’s personal, emotional, authoritative, novel, unique, and trustworthy. It should have some original reporting in it, where you talk to experts, or try out a technology yourself. It should include your own perspective and background. It should make an emotional connection to readers. It should establish you, personally, as an authority, and convince us that we should trust you.
In other words — no, you can’t have ChatGPT whip something out for you and send it to us. You have to put in real work.
Plus, we have to assign the article to you. If you are interested in doing an article like this, contact us, explain your background and expertise, areas of interest, suggest some topics relevant to VR and AI, and we will assign you a topic of interest to our readers that fits in with your areas of expertise..
We also do not accept cut-and-paste Google-search type of articles because they don’t offer anything useful for our readers. It’s fine if you use AI to help write your article. We understand that many contributors are not native English speakers, or have useful stuff to say but aren’t particularly good at writing. But the articles still have to have useful information in them!
For more tips on how to write an article that we will publish — whether or not you use AI to help write it — see our recent post: P.E.A.N.U.T.: 6 steps to staying ahead of AI when writing articles.
You can watch Maria Korolov’s recent video on the PEANUT principles here:
In particular, we love to see guest posts from VR or OpenSim experts, that are based on your own experience. Please pitch the idea first before writing it up, so that we can provide some guidelines.
In the subject line of the pitch email, please put one the following:
- STORY PITCH: Expert opinion column about VR (or AR, XR, AI, or OpenSim)
- STORY PITCH: Freelance journalist article about VR (or AR, XR, AI, or OpenSim)
- STORY PITCH: Beginning writer article about VR (or AR, XR, AI, or OpenSim)
If your email subject is just something like “guest post” or “request for content collaboration” or if the email mentions “SEO” or “keywords,” it will be marked as spam and deleted.
In the body of the email, please include a short bio with links to your LinkedIn page, portfolio website, or previously published articles on VR, AR, XR, AI, or OpenSim. Basically, I want to see some proof that you’re a real person and know what you’re talking about. If you don’t have anything previously published, explain why. Maybe you’ve been in OpenSim for years, but have only just decided that you want to start writing about it because you have some free time on your hands now that the kids are out of the house.
Then please include some story ideas, with an explanation of what expertise you bring to the topic or original research you plan to do.
Story submissions requirements:
- The story itself should be in plain text, RTF or Word format — if the text is in the body of the email, that’s fine, too.
- Include relevant links and hypergrid addresses
- Include photographs or art, including headshots of people quoted, and at least one horizontally-oriented image, as separate attachments or links. All art must have proper permissions or licenses. Provide captions for each piece of art, including a description of the image and the name of the rights holder.
- Stories should be between 500 and 800 words in length. We do occasionally run longer stories, but check first.
- Include the author’s name, and bio and a headshot as a separate attachment or link, and a contact email address for the author in case we have follow-up questions.
In addition, we have new fact-checking policies for all stories published in Hypergrid Business.
First of all, every piece of information mentioned in the article should include either a link to the online source, or the name of the person who provided you with that information.
If the source of the information is your own personal experience, you will need to specify what expertise that is.
Second, we will need a list of contact information for each person quoted in their article, including name, title, organization, and email address or phone number. The contact information will not be published, but will be used as part of our fact-checking process. You will need to let your sources know that they may be contacted later by a fact-checker.