I'm Handing Rails Inside Over To.. You!
You totally couldn't tell, but I'm not much interested in updating Rails Inside any more. Despite racking up 6000 subscribers (thanks!), Rails Inside has proven to be Ruby Inside's poor relation - mostly because I'm very pro-Ruby but not particularly involved with or interested in the Rails world anymore. So.. Rails Inside wants you!
You Write The Content
Rather than let the site die, turn into my humor site (sorry about the last couple of posts ;-), or continue to only get a couple of posts each month, I want to turn Rails Inside over to any posts that you or your fellow readers wish to create. I'll be curator and editor so that total trash doesn't end up on here, but otherwise.. you can write what you want, as long as it's Rails related.
So I'm not posting on a regular basis anymore. If anything massive comes along or inspiration moves me, I will, but with only 2 or 3 posts a month since last summer, I doubt that'll be often. Sorry!
Glory, Not Money. Well, For Now..
I haven't had a great deal of luck (in the long term) with paying people to write, so there's no offer of money on the table yet. That said, I'd like to start paying if it the concept works out. In the interim, though, you'll be doing it for the glory of a byline and by promoting your own plugin/library/company and/or by having a byline/credits box on your post. A few hundred visitors heading over to your site has to be worth something :-)
Guidelines and "How To"
Drop me a line at rubyinside -at- peterc.org with any "ready to go" posts and be sure to include a graphic or two, since all Rails Inside posts feature at least one small picture. You also need an idea of a post title. I'll edit for taste and post.. or let you know if it's unsuitable/needs changes. Simples!
Here's a template you can use to send stuff to me:
Your Name: Your URL: Post Title: Post Content: [Use HTML or Textile, etc.. include subheadings if appropriate] Your Credit/Byline Box: [e.g. "Fred Jones is a Rails developer, yada, yada, yada." Feel free to include links as HTML or Textile, etc.] Post Image(s): [attach to e-mail or provide URL]
Some content guidelines:
- News, opinion pieces, event summaries, and link roundups all welcome.
- At least 3 paragraphs.
- At least 200 words. Ideally 220-280 for news, longer as necessary for tutorials or opinion pieces.
- At least one image - which we have the rights to run.. if you use a Creative Commons licensed image, please credit it appropriately.
- Nothing racist/profane/etc, sorry!
- Ensure that the first paragraph is in the 50~80 word range and summarizes (or at least properly introduces) the topic of the post. See existing posts for guidance.
- If something is more suited to RubyFlow or already exists on your own blog, post it on RubyFlow.
- Content should be new/fresh for Rails Inside initially, but you can post it to your own blog too afterwards, of course :-)