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Writing for the Vigyaa Lifestyle Section

We are constantly looking for contributors and if you have great ideas, we want to see your articles on our platform.

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Vigyaa is an open platform for mesmerizing, inspiring, bright, compelling, unusual and somewhat crazy thoughts and ideas. Anyone can submit a story, but only the best make the front page. Those also receive n extra promotional boost. It’s a platform set up to promote thought leaders, or those wishing to become thought leaders.

In any article you submit, you can link back to your business and other websites through what we call a “tag.” When people hover over a tag, a pop-up window appears where you input text to describe the link. Self-promotion, on Vigyaa, isn’t seen as blasphemous, but smart, and it should be relevant. Your link should lead readers to your site because they’re so in awe of the thoughts you presented in the article.

Having “soft” launched in November 2018 (about four weeks ago as we’re writing this), we’ve already started to see incredible content and steadily growing traffic; reaching 10k views per week (editor's note: this has already increased by approx. another 10k per week as of January 9). We expect that number to more or less double week by week as we start marketing the platform properly.

In other words, publishing content on Vigyaa that links back to your site is clever SEO. Writing an article so good it ends up on our front page, is great marketing. We will promote it for you.

We also hand out prizes to contributors who have the most viewed post of the month. If you have some great ideas and a brilliant headline, that could be you.

The Mentorship Program

We offer a mentorship program for aspiring writers. The program runs for six month at a time, where each mentee receives various perks, as well as coaching form the Vigyaa team. You can read more about it here.

Contributor Guidelines

Vigyaa is a platform that was created to highlight ideas that make us think. We are looking for articles that solve problems, rather than get caught in the problems. We seek inspirational stories that give people hope. We want thought-provoking ideas that will turn us into better humans. We want fun and playful and crazy entertaining too, but we want it all to make us think. Think thoughts that actually move us forward as a human race.

Brand Guidelines:

  • inspirational
  • thought-provoking
  • looking for solutions
  • backed by facts/science/studies when relevant

Tone of Voice:

  • casual
  • inspirational
  • funny (if you feel like it)

Guidelines for Submitting a Post:

All posts must be at least 200 words, but we prefer longer posts (around 1,000 words).

You can import posts from other sites that YOU own the copyright to. I.e. you can repurpose your old content. However, we prefer new content and that’s, most likely, what will end up on our front page and get promoted by us.

Use relevant, high-quality, images for your posts — you need to own the copyright to the images, or use copyright free images (images in the public domain). You can find free images on sites like www.pexels.com. Please state the photographer’s name where possible.

You can import videos from a URL when relevant.

You may use outbound links that improve the overall experience of our community. No more than 3 do-follow links should point back to any particular domain. While lots of internal links make sense on your site, on ours they can come across as being spammy. Articles with more than three links to one domain risk being deleted.

Don't make claims that can't be backed up; focus on facts, and not opinions. Opinion pieces that don’t make claims are, on the other hand, welcome.

Always cite your sources at the bottom of the article, numbering them within the article (use AP style).

You may not copy someone else’s article and pass it off as your own. We use Copyscape to check articles and any articles we find that use plagiarism will be deleted from the platform.

“Spinning” another person’s work is strictly prohibited.

While not required, it’s recommended you write in short sentences, break up large blocks of text with bold headings and bullet your major points.

We adhere to AP (associated press) style editing. That’s not to say we are the grammar, or editing, police (really, we’re not), but for a chance of getting featured on the front page, use spellcheck and Grammarly to check your post before submitting it. While we may contact you with an offer to edit your article if we are interested in featuring it on the front page, chances are that poor spelling and grammar will ensure your article does not end up on the front page.

Your headline is important. Make sure it’s interesting and check it in TitleCaseConverter to ensure it adheres to AP guidelines. WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE ALL CAPS HEADLINES, nor all lower case headlines.

You may not post content that is hateful, or pornographic, nor link to sites that are hateful or pornographic in nature.

You may not post content that is illegal in nature, nor link to illegal sites.

If you want to be featured on the front page, bear in mind our brand guidelines — we are seeking inspirational and thought-provoking posts. Good luck!

Resources:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/subject_specific_writing/journalism_and_journalistic_writing/ap_style.html

https://www.lssc.edu/faculty/heather_j_elmatti/Shared%20Documents/MMC%202100/AP%20Style%20Guide.pdf

https://store.stylebooks.com/apstylechecking.html

https://www.grammarly.com

https://titlecaseconverter.com

www.pexels.com


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Once someone has read a book, they can to leave a review on a popular website, and this can take place even if they have bought the book offline. In addition to this, they can also leave a review if they bought the book on another site.

However, even though one has the opportunity to do this, it doesn’t mean that they will. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t enjoy the book; it could simply come down to the fact that they can’t be bothered.

Other Priorities

For example, when one has read the book, they could end up moving onto the next one. Or, they could have other things that consume their attention, and this could show that they don’t even think about leaving one.

If they enjoyed reading the book, they might not feel the need to do anything else; it is then going to be as if they have got what they need and that’s all there is to it. But even if they didn’t enjoy reading it, they could still move on.

Feedback

This could be different if one reads a lot of books and their friends are also the same. In this case, they could talk to them about what they thought of it, and one could tell them to read it if they enjoyed it.

Yet, if they didn’t enjoy it, they could still recommend it, and this can show that they don’t believe that their view is the only view. Alternatively, they could say that it’s not a good book and that they shouldn’t waste their time with it.

One-Sided

If one was to read a book and they felt the need to leave a review, it could be sad that there is a strong chance that it wasn’t what they expected. There could be a number of things that they didn’t like about it.

Having said that, it could be far worse than this, and one could wonder why it was ever published. This is then similar to how people are more likely to talk about a bad meal than a good one.

Survival

It is said that human beings are programmed to focus on negativity, and this is seen as something that would have kept them alive in the past. As if one was to focus on the positive, their life might improve, but if they avoided the negative, they could die.

Times have now changed and it is no longer necessary to behave in his way, however, the brain is still responding to how life used to be. Therefore, if one was to read a book and it blew them away, for instance, it is not going to have the same effect as it would if it didn’t meet their expectations.

Out of Balance

Based on this, it could be said that it can be a challenge to understand how good a book is simply by looking through what people have said. With this in mind, one could miss out on a good book if they were to purely listen to what other people have said.

But if they were to allow other people to decide for them, it could be said that this will also be a result of evolution. Many, many years ago, doing what other people did would have also increased their chances of survival.

A Reaction

During this time, if one was to see a lot of people running and they were to think about what is going on, they could end up being eaten alive. It would have been in their best interest to do what other people were doing.

Going along with others would have been the best thing to do; whereas if would have been a risk for people to come to their own conclusions. Nowadays, even though it is generally in one’s best interest to think for themselves, it can be easier to follow the crowd.

Taking the Plunge

If one was to buy a book even though the reviews were not all positive, they could be in for a pleasant surprise. They could find it hard to understand why other people didn’t have the same outlook.

At the same time, they could read a book that has only received positive reviews and end up feeling disappointed. In the first example, they would have used their own brain and, in the second example, they would have put it to one side.

Another Position

If one was to reflect on this, they might see that it shows how they can’t always trust what other people say. When it comes to someone who has written a book (or a number of them), they could end up experiencing a negative reaction if another person was to leave a negative review.

What they could do here is to step back from how they feel and to look into what has been said. At this time, they could think about how this only going to be the other persons opinion.

A Subjective Experience

Ultimately, no matter what their book is like, it is not going to be possible for everyone to like it. When they read their book, there is the chance that this person was comparing it to another one they had read.

This can then mean that it doesn’t match up with this book, and this can be a book that also has negative reviews. If they have left a really bad review, it can be a sign that they are not currently in a good place themselves.

Conclusion

While one can be affected by what has been said, they might not respond in this way if they knew who wrote it. For example, if an athlete had just performed at their best and another person who had no idea what they were talking about said it was rubbish, there would be no reason for them to take it seriously.

One can see if there is anything positive to take from it, and if there isn’t, they can ignore it; what matters is that they don’t allow a negative review to hold them back. And if they don’t write to please others, it will be easier for them to keep going.

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