Introduction

Them Park Access publishes blog posts from the Them Park Access bloggers, featured organizations and guest
bloggers, on subjects relevant to Them Park Access vision: Have a site where anyone can visit and read a fair review.

When planning your blog post, make sure to enter your requested publish date into the Theme Park Access Blog Post Calendar. As the post must be sent to the editor 48 hours in advance, the blog post must be added to the calendar at least 2 days in advance. Editors reserve the right to rearrange publishing dates based on the urgency of the blog post and the Authors’ frequency of published posts that week.

Posts must be finalized in WordPress and an email notification must be sent to your editor at least 48 hours in advance of a publish date, attaching images for your post. Editors will only edit language and grammar, as well as give suggestions in terms of strengthening arguments, making your point clearer or stronger, but will not change the actual content of your post. Editors may also give suggestions to the media content and WordPress tools. Editors’ changes will be done in track changes or through comments, which the author will approve or discuss with the editor in case of questions or differing opinions. For urgent posts on a topic or issue that is pressing and needs to be covered immediately, contact your editor as soon as possible preferably with a ready draft, so that the editor has time to run a quick edit and approve the post as soon as possible.

Blog posts must meet the following requirements

1. Posts should be 350 words to 700 words and stick to one topic or idea.

2. Posts should be written for a wide audience and steer clear of jargon or technical language. Using conversational language, blog posts should explain things clearly, provide background information on a subject, and use specific examples to illustrate a point.

3. Online attention spans are short, and people rarely read web pages word-by-word. Instead readers scan a page, picking out individual words and sentences. Posts should employ visual tactics such as:

● Highlighted keywords
● Quotes using the WordPress quotation feature
● Sub-headlines
● Bullet lists
● Short paragraphs
● Short sentences
● One idea per paragraph

4. Clearly state your main point at the beginning of your post and include supporting information in subsequent paragraphs.

5. The post title should be five to eight words (in title case) and contain the person or concept featured in the post to help grab readers’ attention.

6. Blogs are dynamic platforms for learning about news, information, current issues, and entertainment. A strong blog post includes hyperlinks to other sites, blogs, and partner organizations. Always hyperlink your references. Remember, hyperlinks should not be an entire sentence or quote, but one to three words that best relate to the source.

7. Always add references and sources for all data, numbers and statistics used in your posts. Remember to be critical of data and sources, and tr y to use reliable sources of facts and information when making the case for your argument.

8. Whenever possible, blog posts should incorporate multimedia features, including embedded videos, images, and info graphics, to provide compelling and easily digestible content for readers. The shorter the video, the more likely people will watch it through to completion. Read the Theme Park Access Photo Guidelines properly!

9. Encourage reader interaction by providing a clear call to action, such as asking readers to sign an online pledge, post their thoughts in the comments section, or share the piece with their networks on Twitter or Facebook.

10. Ensure your post is optimized for search engines by following these steps:

● Identify your target keyword for each post by thinking about what phrase people would use to search for this topic.
● Use the target keyword in your post title. A straightforward title containing the target keyword can often be more effective than a catchy title.
● Use the target keyword in your first paragraph and two to three more times throughout the post.
● Use alt-text and descriptive file names for your images.
● Instead of writing something like “Learn more” for hyperlinked text, use more descriptive language related to the target keywords.
● Tag your posts with the target keyword and other related phrases. Add 5-10 tags for each post.

11. Send a featured image to the editor for each post you write. Editors will add the featured image at the bottom right hand side in the editing window, under Featured Image. The featured image must be 750 pixels wide.

12. Give credit for the images that you use in your posts. Do this as a caption and link each image to the page you have taken the photos from. Give credit for the featured image at the bottom of your post using pre-formatted text.

13. Always categorize your post in at least one of the categories available. This is to make sure that the post becomes visible when a visitor clicks on the e.g. “General” tab. Ensure that the post is not categorized as Uncategorized.

14. If you are blogging for another site, do not republish on Theme Park Access, write unique posts.

15. Remember! Theme Park Access vision is to maintain a fair review. Although we may be writing about dreadful circumstances, be personal, be positive and be your creative self.

When your post has been published, make sure to follow the guidelines below on Social Media and commenting.

Make sure to share your posts in your social networks. If using twitter, do use relevant #hashtags and tag @themeparkaccess, so that we can continue to spread it to our followers. All posts are automatically published to the Theme Park Access Twitter and Facebook Page. If you are not already following us, please do so, and share the Them Park Access tweets and posts. Make sure to follow the Theme Park Access Social Media Guidelines.

Commenting Guidelines

1. Always respond to all comments posted under your own blog posts! (Let’s try our best to give each commenter a response, even if it is just one sentence!)

2. Every blogger is in charge of managing comments under their own respective posts.

3. When a comment is posted under your blog entry, check it for language and content. If it contains curse words or profanities, you can edit the post so that the language is more acceptable, and note in a comment below that the comment was edited due to language. If the content is in any way racist, hateful, insulting or threatening, the comment should be removed.

4. If a comment appears to be spam, as the words don’t make sense or relate the your post, feel free to remove the comment.

5. If a comment is posted in a foreign language, you can check with other bloggers if anyone else speaks or reads the language in question; if not, turn to Google Translate – it does a decent job with almost any language on earth. The purpose is to ensure that comments in different languages are not insulting, hateful or racist. If you cannot verify this, use your own discretion – comments can be entirely removed, or edited to comply with our commenting guidelines.

6. As an author on Theme Park Access, and a representative of Theme Park Access, we must always remain civil and calm in our own commenting. Remember that many readers may disagree with your point of views or opinions, and that is perfectly fine we want to encourage discussion, and even debate. Acknowledge the other person’s point of view, but don’t feel like you can’t stand your ground and stand behind your opinions. Just do it in a well-argued, polite manner! If any comments include any hateful speech towards the author of the post, or another commenter, the comment can and should be entirely removed. We encourage discussion – but not hateful or threatening behavior.

7. When in doubt, ask others! You can always share the comment with other Theme Park Access bloggers and ask for their views and opinions, if you are not sure how to respond or react.

Theme Park Access Editing Guidelines

Editors have the responsibility to ensure that the blog posts are up to high standards, and have the responsibility of publishing the post. The editor should ensure that the blogger’s writing
style and individual expression is maintained, and should not rewrite the post without consulting the blogger first.

1. Make sure the post follows all the blogging guidelines.

2. Check spelling and grammar.

3. Check that hyperlinks work properly.

4. After checking that the featured image is at least 750 pixels wide, make the post sticky before publishing.

5. Before publishing, edit the sharing notification using the following format: NEW POST: Title, by Name

6. Once you are ready to publish, check the post by using the “preview post” link to make sure everything is in order. Check the formatting, positioning of photos and videos, and read through the post one last time for typos and grammar check.

7. Publish according to the Theme Park Access blog post schedule. Remember that you can schedule blog posts to be published at a specific date and time.