All posts must be related to Trucking and must be useful for people in the industry. So if you read your own article and think – “what’s this?” – don’t bother submitting it!
As you may know, Big City Driver has been here since 2000, and is not going away any time soon. I started it before I was a columnist for Ten-Four Magazine (2000-2010). It was through my writings here, that I got that gig. During those initial ten years, I developed a certain standard that I uphold to this day at this website.
Even when I write an article myself, these are the guidelines I use:
- It should be about something important, or entertaining.
- It should be related to trucking or city driving.
- It should show your personality, whatever that is.
- It should show some emotion- anger, happiness- something.
- It should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, with a lesson learned.
- It should be 900 to 1200 words, or more. (Shorter is OK if it’s good.)
- It should have a one-line header or title above each section.
- Include a picture that you took, that is entertaining, or appropriate (if you can).
- It should be written with decent command of the English language.
- It should have one authoritative link to a news, gov, or edu site.
- It should be original content, written by you. (Yes, I check.)
- It could have one link within the article to a site of yours if you’d like, but it must be appropriate.
- It could have your bio at the bottom. You can include a link or two there as well.
I’m willing to do some editing:
If your submission isn’t all of those things above, that means more work for me. I still may publish it (especially if there is some monetary influence). But I will likely edit it, or spend some time finding a good picture, or doing some keyword research, or adding to it, that’s all.
IMPORTANT: I will not allow certain links – Only social medial profile links will be allowed. Anything that requires an email address to continue, anything with pop-ups, or annoying, flashy ads. Any links on this site must lead to a legitimate business website, or a website with relative information.
It may be best to query me first. Let me know your article idea, the website you plan on plugging, and a little about yourself. Here is my email address- email@example.com
Some examples of well-written articles:
NOTE: Sometimes a short article is appropriate. Sometimes just a few paragraphs is all that’s needed, and the rest is just fluff. Here is a short piece about how to fix your DAC report. There is really not much more to say about that. People just want to know how to fix it.
The best thing to do is email me, and let me know your idea, how much you can write about it, and what links you want to put in it.
Thank you for stopping by,
Ken Skaggs is a 30-year veteran trucker and safety professional, who has always been a writer, and an entrepreneur at heart. Since 2000, he’s had hundreds of articles published by Ten-Four Magazine, Careers in Gear, Driver Story Magazine, and dozens of websites.