Have something to say to the greater museum community? Put your ideas, opinions, and experiences on the WestMuse Blog.
Here's how it works...
What is the WestMuse Blog?
First, if you're not familiar with WMA and what we do, take a look at our Mission Statement, Vision, and Core Values here. With a focus on collaboration, social benefit, and fun, the goal of the WestMuse Blog is to share professional development tips, promote the activities and key initiatives of museums and cultural institutions, discuss workplace experiences, and reflect on WMA's Annual Meetings.
What is WMA looking for?
The WestMuse Blog covers a range of topics including leadership, education, advocacy, exhibitions, technology, community development, and much more. Aside from these, you are welcome to explore other topics that are of interest to you and if you have an idea you'd like to run by us before putting in all the effort of writing a blog post, we're happy to discuss it.
Additionally, you're welcome to contribute to any of our WestMuse Blog subsections:
Professoinal Development Corner
Museum Studies Capstones
Blog Post Requirements
Your blog post must:
- Be submitted as a Word document, attached via email
- Be between 500-900 words
- Include a title
- Include your (the author) name(s), respective institution(s), and any social media tags (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) you may have
- Include 2-5 images (personal photos, stock photos, charts, etc.) either as chronologically-numbered attachments OR arranged in the doc. as you would like them to appear in the post.
- A short biography (3-4 sentences) at the end of the post so our readers can get to know a little about you, the author(s
- Links to other sites are highly recommended. Please embed them within the Word Doc. and make sure all links are currently live
- If the post is time sensitive (eg., there is a deadline, exhibition opening, call to action, etc.), please let us know in your email. We will do our absolute best to accommodate
- If you'd like some tips on how to write a blog post, please check out: https://goinswriter.com/
great-blog-post/ and https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-start-a-blog
Submitting Your Blog Post
Send all blog submissions or questions to Jessica Noyes, WMA's Communications Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. When submitting, please include ‘Blog Post’ in the subject line of your email.
Once you submit your blog, you will receive a confirmation that your post has been received. One of our staff or Communications Coordinator will then get back to you either confirming that your blog post has been accepted for publication or with suggestions for expanding, trimming, or editing your post if necessary. You will of course have final approval. We'll make every attempt to respond within 1-week, but please remember that we are a small organization – if there's a delay, know that it isn't personal.
Once you review and approve all changes (if there are any) and send it back to us, your post goes LIVE!
We'll send you a link to your post in a congratulatory email. Your post will also be featured on WMA's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please feel free to tell everyone you know about your piece, and post links to it all over the web!
Sample Blog Posts
- Book Review:
- Community Programming:
- Exhibit Review:
- Institutional Call to Action:
- Organizational Meeting Recap:
- Professional Development – Experiences and Announcements:
- Local & Program Perspectives
- Visitor Experiences Reviews: