Editorial Guidelines

Please observe the following editorial guidelines when submitting blogs to DEVOPSdigest:

Getting Started

DEVOPSdigest recommends that you send an abstract or outline of your potential blog submission to Pete Goldin, Editor and Publisher of DEVOPSdigest, before you start writing the blog, to ensure it is something we would publish.

The following guidelines apply to non-vendors — such as analysts, consultants, integrators and users — who would like to post a blog on DEVOPSdigest. Non-vendor blogs are posted in the BIZDEVOPS Blog.

Vendor blogs are posted in the Vendor Forum. If you work for or represent a product vendor, and you want to submit a blog to DEVOPSdigest, click here for the Vendor Forum guidelines.

Blogs from DEVOPSdigest sponsors are also posted in the Vendor Forum, but sponsors gain certain benefits when blogging. If you work for or represent a sponsor of DEVOPSdigest, click here for the Sponsor Blog Guidelines.

If you are a PR or Communications Manager or Agency, click here for some tips on how to interact with DEVOPSdigest.

If you are submitting a quote for a DEVOPSdigest list, such as our annual DevOps Predictions list, click here for guidelines on APMdigest.

Original Content

All blogs submitted to DEVOPSdigest must be original content that has not been published somewhere else. DEVOPSdigest periodically may request to re-post a blog, if the content is particularly valuable to our readers, but please do not pitch DEVOPSdigest to re-post your blog.

Word Count

Standard word count for a blog is 500-1000 words. This is not a strict rule. Word counts can be longer if the topic warrants more content. If your blog is longer than 1000 words, however, you may want to consider breaking it into multiple parts. Editorial decisions relating to word count are made on a case-by-case basis.

Deadline

DEVOPSdigest does not follow an editorial calendar, and usually does not assign a deadline. We post content as we receive it.

Publication Timeframe

DEVOPSdigest posts 1-3 items of primary content — blog or feature — per week. Consequently, there is often a queue of content waiting to be posted.

DEVOPSdigest content is featured in APMdigest e-mails, which go out twice per month, and the current mailing includes content posted since the last mailing.

Topics

DEVOPSdigest accepts blogs on topics relating to DevOps including:

■ DevOps

■ Development Processes

■ Development Technology

■ Development Automation

■ Agile Development

■ Continuous Development

■ API (Application Program Interface)

■ Development Monitoring and Analytics

■ Application Performance and Quality Testing

If you are unsure whether your topic fits DEVOPSdigest, run your idea by Pete Goldin.

Content Guidelines

Blogs should be objective, vendor-neutral, thought leadership pieces. Topics should be general industry interest to educate and enlighten our readers. Please do not promote your company, products, partners or any vendor — or criticize the competition — in the blog copy or in related graphics submitted with the blog.

Author and Company Profile

If this is your first blog for DEVOPSdigest, send a one paragraph bio of the author and one paragraph profile of the company, along with the blog.

Related Links

On The BIZDEVOPS Blog, non-vendor bloggers are welcome to include links at the end of the blog to link to their home page, or other relevant information such as research or events.

Do not place any hyperlinks in the body copy of the blog linking to your company's web pages or any other promotional pages. Hyperlinks in the body copy should only be to support factual points you are making.

Approval

All blogs will be reviewed by DEVOPSdigest prior to publication. DEVOPSdigest reserves the right to edit any content submitted, and the publication of any blog is at the sole discretion of DEVOPSdigest. Related links included with the blog are also subject to DEVOPSdigest approval.

Reposting Blogs

If you contribute to DEVOPSdigest, you are free to re-post your own blog on your own website, as long as you mention that the blog was posted on DEVOPSdigest, and include a link to our site.

However, we recommend linking to the blog on DEVOPSdigest.com rather than posting the full blog on your site, to highlight the fact that the content was published by an independent third party. Publication of your blog on a respected industry site provides strong thought leadership credibility for the author and company.

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