Updated 5/29/14 – Job Opening: TouringPlans.com Is Looking for a Few Good Bloggers

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Update: we’ve received so many applications that we’re going to set a deadline of midnight Friday, May 30, for submission. I apologize to anyone who can’t make this, but I need to have time to give each one the consideration it deserves. Thanks for your understanding.

 

Do you love Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Orlando, or Disney Cruise Line? Want to write about it? Want to get PAID to write about it? We’d like to hear from you.

In addition to having a passion for the destinations we cover, we’re looking for folks who:

  • Can write clearly within the style of our blog with few to no grammatical or spelling mistakes.
  • Are able to commit to at least one 500-1000 word article per week for the next 6 months.
  • Have a love for fact-based articles about theme parks.
  • Are able to write candidly and objectively about Disney or Universal without veering off into hyperbole.
  • Are willing to not just write, but answer questions from readers in the comments section of an article after it’s published.
  • Are interested in or have experience with Google Analytics – we measure the viewer metrics for all our authors and encourage authors to focus on articles that appeal to our readers.
  • Maintain a professional, friendly presence on social media (both your own and for TouringPlans).
  • Understand SEO and know why it’s important.
  • Know how to produce articles in WordPress or are willing to learn.
  • Are comfortable with photography. You don’t need to have a huge camera, but you should be able to compose and edit a photo that doesn’t look amateurish. Camera phones are fine.
  • The ability to produce short videos is a plus.

We offer:

  • Payment per article at a flat rate based on the effort involved in producing it. It’s not a huge amount (up to $25 per article), but, if you write regularly, you can make enough money to defray some of your travel costs.
  • Reimbursement for anything we ask you to review – a tour, meal, show, etc. We do not reimburse for travel expenses, hotels, or park admission unless we send you somewhere.
  • A huge audience for your work – we are one of the biggest Disney/theme park focused sites out there.
  • Fun. You’ll be writing about theme parks – what’s better than that?

FAQ:

Q. I blog for another site or my own site, can I keep doing that?
A. Of course. If we send you to review something, we expect the article to run on our site first. You are free to promote your own theme park-related site in your bio and within reason in your articles.

Q. Do I have to live in Central Florida or Southern California?
A. No, but we expect that you will travel often enough to the theme parks to be able to provide current information and photos.

Q. Do you have any other job openings right now?
A. No, we don’t.

Next steps:

Send your resume and a writing sample that includes photos to blog@touringplans.com with the subject “May 2014 Job Openings.” You may send the writing sample as a Word or Pages doc, a link to a Google doc, or a PDF. Don’t send it as inline text in your email. Include your contact info on the writing sample. You may also send us a link to a specific article on your blog that showcases your best work. Do not send a link to the home page of your blog and say “hey, just read my blog to check out my writing style.” Resumes should be sent as attachments. We encourage you to have someone proofread both your writing sample and resume before you send it to us.

In your email, tell us a little about yourself and why you’d like to write for us.

Finally, include in your email a paragraph that shows the correct use of “its,” “it’s,” “there,” “they’re,” and “their” and expound on the subject “The Oxford Comma, a Case For/Against It.” This is not a joke.

If you have any questions, email blog@touringplans.com. If you know someone who would be a great writer for this site, please send them a link.

If we’re interested in your application, we’ll contact you with the next steps to apply. We hope to bring people on by June 15, 2014. We may not be able to reply to everyone interested in blogging for us.

 

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Posted on May 29, 2014

24 Responses to “Updated 5/29/14 – Job Opening: TouringPlans.com Is Looking for a Few Good Bloggers”

  • As a fourth grade teacher, I love that you require a paragraph showing correct homonym and Oxford Comma usage! It’s too bad this isn’t required in more careers. If I traveled to the parks on a more regular basis, I would apply!

  • You might also want to include the proper use of “then” and “than” in your writing test. It always amazes me how many people use these words interchangeably with each other. Based on my experience, some people can’t even understand why they are making a usage error when challenged on the proper usage of “then” and “than”. Sad.

    Cheers,
    –Lee

    • Good point Lee. Another grammatical pet-peeve is the improper use of “effect” & “affect”. Which is the noun and which is the verb (mostly)?

  • Any applicants using the word “literally” incorrectly (and, of course, that is the only way it will be used) are not only disqualified but must relinquish their Touring Plans subscription.

    OK, maybe just wishful thinking.

  • Currently wishing that I lived close enough to the parks to go on a regular basis! :’(

  • You lost me at hyperbole. sigh. :)

  • My wife loves to write. She has a Masters from George Mason in English. She is also a part-time CM right now. Would that disqualify her (the WDW PT CM, not the MA from GMU)? I know that she (and you) would like to avoid Disney’s legal eagles.

    She works at the Character Warehouse on I-Drive right now. I haven’t had the heart to show her Derek Burgan’s “Magic, Memories, and Merch!” series yet.

    Thanks!

    • by Laurel Stewart on May 27, 2014, at 6:40 pm EST

      It’s not a non-starter for us – we’re fine with CMs blogging as long as they’re not sharing company secrets. I’d check Disney for more information. We have had CMs blog before – sometimes they choose to under another name just for separation.

  • Does it help (or hurt) if I point out errors in your post? In the Next Steps section, first paragraph “You may also send us a link to a specific article on your our blog that showcases your best work.” I suspect “our” should read “own”. :-)

  • How often is “often” when you refer to visiting the parks?

  • by Daisy Lauren on May 27, 2014, at 6:57 pm EST

    Guys – you should totally do it. Best hobby ever and our readers are amazing! :) Good Luck!

  • If only this opening was 1-2 years ago! We were in the parks 5/12, 5/13, 10/13, 12/13 and 4/14 milking our annual passes for all their worth and would have loved to blog about it. I mean I did some blogging for our Disney TA website but this would have been great! When someone invents a time machine, let me know.

  • Right now I’m a seasonal CM in Magic Kingdom. I’m thinking about applying but I don’t get down nearly as much as I would like to. Does this necessarily leave me at a disadvantage?

    • by Laurel Stewart on May 28, 2014, at 12:35 pm EST

      Ideally people are traveling to WDW/DL at least 3 or 4 times a year so their content is current. Right now we’ve had many people from Central FL write us, so to be honest it would be a disadvantage not to be local. But if you feel your other qualities make up for that, then you shouldn’t be discouraged from applying.

  • If only I was able to visit WDW 3 or 4 times a year… :(

    If you ever need not-so-frequent international travellers post or want to include more posts in spanish, let me know!

  • by Alex Duncan on May 29, 2014, at 4:50 am EST

    Hello Laurel
    I was just wondering if there was an age limit to apply please?
    Thanks!
    Alex x

    • by Laurel Stewart on May 29, 2014, at 7:38 am EST

      No limit – all perspectives are welcome as long as your parents OK it! Drop me a mail.

  • The Oxford comma? Absolutely necessary. I do have reservations, though, about the Cambridge colon and The Wake Forest correlative conjunction.

  • Dang. I applied in the last go round but wasn’t available to move soon enough. Now I’m committed to a school program that, ironically, is in the LA area— but will allow pretty much no spare time after this summer. Oh well. Best of luck to whoever lands a spot!