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Come Blog With Us

moar.gifWriting for Metblogs has the potential to be the most rewarding experience in your entire life. It’ll make you rich, famous, good looking, will help you lose weight, make your clothes fit better, and get you a super good deal on a new car. It will make you the most well known person on the entire planet. Yes, each and every one of you. Really.

OK maybe not. Actually those are all lies, but it’s fun at least. The truth is Metblogs is the largest network of locally focused blogs on the web, covering almost 60 cities around the world and we’re looking to add a few new bloggers/writters/authors to this fine site. If you wanna know more about us check out this wikipedia entry but it’s kinda boring so I won’t waste time repeating it all here again. If you wanna write for us, here’s the scoop:

  • All author positions are volunteer. That means you don’t get paid.
  • You must live in (or very near) the city you plan to write about.
  • Anything you post must relate to the city somehow. That means you shouldn’t post a movie review, but talking about going to see a movie at a local theater is fine.
  • There’s no requirement for how much you can or should write, but we ask that if we set you up as an author you make about 3 posts a week.
  • You can post about things you love, you can post about things you hate. It’s entirely up to you

Additionally, because of our global network, there’s plenty of options for things you write to be read by people all over the world. Interested? Want more details? Post a comment and we’ll be in touch!

The New Philadelphia Metblog!

Hello readers! Welcome welcome welcome. The new system launched sitewide this weekend and we are pleased as punch at the switch.

With this new system, users must register and login to post comments to posts. You don’t need to use your real name, but you do need to have a valid email address.

If you notice anything weird or out of place, post a comment to this post! We realize some posts may need some cleanup, some pages and posts throw errors, and some other things are being worked on my the awesome crew at metblog HQ, but anything you notice? Pass it along!

We’re looking for a few good writers

It’s that time of year again. When the leaves change, the pumpkins start to appear at the markets and Metroblogging Philadelphia looks for some new writers.

Do you have something to say about Philadelphia? Whether it be about crime, sports, the arts scene, music restaurants, architecture or TastyKakes, we want to give you a place to say it.

Unfortunately, this gig doesn’t pay in cash, but the inner rewards are many. Leave a comment if you are interested, or even if you just want a little more information, and I’ll get back to you.

Kuala Lumpur (the newest MB city)

When I was in high school, one of my favorite books was a thing called A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. It was the story of a young English woman who is living in Kuala Lumpur as World War II is breaking out. The Japanese invade and take all the white people prisoner, marching them back and forth across the country because they don’t know what else to do with them. Many of the prisoners die, but our heroine lives, and while marching, meets a man from Australia who she falls in love with and many years later marries.

At this point you are probably asking yourself why I’m telling you this and the reason is this. Kuala Lumpur (or KL to the cool kids) is the newest Metroblogging city, and until this moment, I didn’t know anything more about them then what I had read in this book. But now I know that it is a city who gained it’s independence from Britain in 1957, is the only city in the world to contain an ancient forest and is currently celebrating the 200th anniversary of it’s royal police force.

We here in Philly are thrilled to welcome Kuala Lumpur to the Metroblogging family

Join us, leave your fields to flower*

Hey Metroblogging Philadelphia readers! Don’t forget that we are still looking for people who have opinions about Philly restaurants, neighborhoods, sports or politics. If you’ve ever thought about joining us, now is your opportunity. Send me an email at apt2024 [at] gmail dot com with interest or questions.

*Imaginary bonus points for you if you can name the source of the title of this post.

We’re looking for a few good bloggers

Are you a blogger who is passionate about Philadelphia? We’re looking for foodies, sports fans, political junkies, movie buffs, historians and anyone in between who’s got attitude, sass and something to say about local goings-on.

Writing for the Philadelphia Metroblog is a volunteer gig, but the perks aren’t bad. They include occasional free drinks, potlucks at my apartment and the knowledge that people are actually reading the things you write. Know that we expect at least three posts a week from you (but would be thrilled if you wanted to do more).

If you’ve read all this and are thinking to yourself, yeah, that’s something I’d like to do, drop me an email at apt2024 [at] gmail dot com with a statement about why you’re interested in writing for us, along with a link to your current blog. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fear, in that case we just ask that you write a sample post for the site.

The deadline to apply is this Friday, March 2nd at 5 pm.

Number 53

Well, I’m a little late to the party, but let me say a hearty hello to the newest city on the Metroblogging block: San Jose! Since I was born in that fine city some 37 years ago, I’m particularly happy to see this new member of the family.

If they line up Saint Louis, Sao Paolo, and Cleveland, the Metroblogging folks will have my entire biography wrapped up (geographically speaking). ‘Cos we all know that I am the center of that universe…

Metblogs Gone Wild

Our good friends over in Melbourne, Australia came up with the great idea to have you the reader send us a picture of yourselves holding up a sign referencing Metroblogging Philly. Taking a walk in Olde City grab a piece of paper, scribble down Metroblogging Philly and let us know you care by snapping a picture. Heading out of town, diving off a bridge with a rubber band attached to your ass, jumping out of an airplane, if your doing any of these things (or anything in particular) just grab a sign and snap a photo to send to us. But while that seems like a blast, doesn’t it just seem a little to common? Why don’t you try and do it one better by stripping down and taking the picture with our sign nude, covering your “delicate” parts of course.

Please add your Metblogging Signs photos to the Metroblogging Philadelphia Flickr group. And each week I or someone else here at Metblogs Philly will select a winner for a NoPrize as the most outrageous photo.

Everybody Welcome Pittsburgh

The Metblog network added another city today. Everyone say helllo to Pittsburgh, home to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (at least for a little bit longer anyway). Philly welcomes you, even if Ed does consider you the lesser Pennsylvania city.

Metroblogging City #51–Auckland!

My sister has been talking about moving to New Zealand for the last five or six years. I always wave her away when she mentions it, not wanting to legitimize an idea that would place her halfway across the world from me. However, from looks of the new Metroblogging Auckland site, I can see the appeal that New Zealand has. BigNoseUglyGuy, originally a Metroblogger from London, has moved to Auckland and is currently the sole blogger on the site. If you know of someone in Auckland who might interesting in blogging with him, send them on over to him.

Until then, welcome back BNUG and welcome Metroblogging Auckland!

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