Write for us - Guest Post Guidelines for Jolt.io Blog

Lior Frenkel, CPO and Partner at Jolt
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January 1, 2018

Guest Post Guidelines for Jolt.io Blog

Thank you for your interest in writing a guest post for the Jolt.io's blog. We frequently feature guest writers on our business blog and do our best to promote all published posts to the expanded Jolt.io networks. Please read through these guidelines thoroughly before submitting your post for review. By submitting a guest post for our consideration, you are confirming that you agree to these terms.

1. ORIGINALITY: All guest posts should be original (never before published) content by an author associated with the company providing the post. Your guest post cannot appear elsewhere online, including your own blog. Once your post is accepted for publication, you permit us to be the sole publisher of your content and agree not to publish it elsewhere.

2. VALUE: In every request, please tell us what is the value of the article and FOR WHO! Who is your Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) What the pain point you try to solve?

3. LENGTH: Posts should be a minimum of 1000 words.

4. LINKS: We love and appreciate links! And we understand their priority for you on your marketing strategy – we don’t have any problem to link to any page in your website, but it must be relevant content and of high quality. Also, the links should be in correct proportions (not more than three links to your blog/website)

5. TOPIC: Topics should be relevant to business skills or to personal skills. Check out our syllabus to see what the most relevant topics are. Another option is to write about career hacks and how to climb up the career ladder.

6. BIO: Writers should provide the following information:

7. IMAGES: You don’t need to provide graphics or images with your submitted post unless they are directly related to the content (i.e., screenshots associated with the content of the post).

8. SUBMISSION: Please submit your post as a Word document, a Google doc or pasted in the body of the email message to nina.gordon@jolt.io. No PDFs or HTML formatting, please. Make sure you include "guest post" in the email title.

9. ACCEPTANCE/NOTIFICATION: We have a rolling publication schedule that typically goes out about 2-3 weeks. You will be notified via email if your post is accepted. If we do not send you a publication date via email within two weeks of submission, we will not be publishing your article on our blog.

10. EDITS: At the time of publishing we may lightly edit the post for readability. Mentions of specific products or brands may be removed or modified, and relevant internal and external links may be added.

11. We thank you in advance.

We give editorial preference to members of the Jolt community. If you are a member, please include your twitter handle with your guest post submission.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks?

Because almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.

Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks?
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I ask because I can often be found agonising over the "more". If only I posted on Instagram more, I'll think in the bath. I'd have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on...

Between you and me, I've got frustrated with myself for browsing Facebook or watching too much TV more times than I can remember.

And I'm not alone. So many of us are terrified of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won't let a moment pass without listening to a podcast, consuming an article or sharing something.

The cognitive load is real, y'all.

But like Vitamin D, sleep and good food, it's not only ok to take a break, it's essential.

Living a successful life is also about knowing when not to work. For your best output, you need to focus on your input, too.

The world won't end if you disappear from the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won't suddenly stop. Your time is now, but your time was also then and it will be again.

Your dreams don't have an expiration date.

Many of us confuse being "busy" with being constructive. But you can only do your best work by taking breaks.

And science backs it up, too. The brain requires substantial downtime to do its most innovative thinking. The ideas you have while driving or in the shower aren't coincidental. They're a result of you taking a step back, whether you're aware of it or not.

Here's a challenge for you

Let yourself take a wonderful and indulgent break. Several breaks. Hell, get downright bored.

Put airplane mode on for a while. Sit down. Lie down. Be still. Do nothing. Observe. Listen to your mind. Let it do what it does without judging it.

Wallow in it. Don't be afraid of it. Push it as far as you can.

When you leave your laptop behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective appears.

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"A spark of inspiration needs an empty cave."

Take proper breaks, often. Completely clear your mind. Your next best idea depends on it.

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