The people at Gawker must get people offering to write for them all the time – Nick Denton suggests that rather than sending in a resume that the best way to get added to their stable of writers is to start your own blog. He writes:
‘Rather than attaching a resume, or clips, why not start your own blog? That’s pretty much the only indicator we look at. A personal blog shows commitment, a writer’s interest, and a modicum of technical competence, all of which are necessary qualifications.’
Read more at nickdenton: Writing for Gawker
On the other hand the people at WIN seem to be actively campaigning for bloggers at the moment and have a bit more of an open policy about recruiting bloggers – instead of starting a blog they ask for three examples of your writing. They explain further on their digital photography blog:
‘We are currently seeking bloggers in a number of different topical areas here at WIN. If you believe that you are the blogger for us, and you consider yourself a team person, then please send the following three sample posts that you would write for WIN:
1. feature a new announcement in the area you would like to write about—cite a press release, etcetera and include your own comments and observations regarding this news.
2. write a quick ‘how to’ on an area within your field of blogging interest.
3. write a post that is highly interactive and designed to engage your readers in an ongoing conversation with you and your other readers on your blog.’