Blog policy and guidelines

Blog requirements

  • Blog entries will only be accepted in the FAO official languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish.
  • Suggested post length is 300-700 words, entries cannot exceed 800 words.
  • Provide honest, accurate and concise information that is relevant to the blog
  • Be respectful of others
  • Do not provide any sensitive or politically controversial material
  • Do not provide information directly promoting external products or services
  • Acknowledge and flag any mistakes as soon as they have been identified
  • Acknowledge any reference material (data, quotations and other third-party content)

Post guidelines

  • Use lists, bullet points and sub-headings to break up your text and keep readers interest.
  • Do not try to convey too much information in one post - think of one or two key points that you want reader to take away after reading your post.
  • Point readers to where they can find additional information on the subject if they are interested.
  • Invite comments on your post by asking questions and respond promptly to any comments.

Blog conditions

  • Submissions must meet FAO's quality standards in order to get published. FAO reserves the right to edit and adapt blog post submissions prior to posting
  • It may take a few days before our team can review new submissions. We receive many submissions, so we appreciate your patience throughout our review and production process.
  • FAO will promote all posts via its corporate social media channels. Authors are encouraged to promote their posts through their own networks, as well.
  • FAO reserves the right to remove comments that it deems inappropriate.
  • FAO does not accept responsibility for, or endorse the views of bloggers.

How to submit a post

  1. Register and join the FAO community. You will need to insert your name, surname and email. 
  2. Read our blog policy and guidelines
  3. Send an email to soils-2015@fao.org with your entry in word format, specifying IYS BLOG in the subject. Please use the same email that you provided at registration. You can include photos, multimedia and a short bio/headshot if you like. Remember, entries cannot exceed 800 words.
  4. Be patient. It may take a few days before our team can review new submissions.

If you would like to submit a post or article idea, or have any questions, please contact us at soils-2015@fao.org 

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