Write for Knox!

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The Knox website accepts articles and news items written by and for our members, and for the Calgary community.

In fact, we welcome it! If you are putting something in the bulletin, consider putting it on the Knox blog as well.

Are you part of a ministry group?

If you are part of a group (eg. Healing touch, Music ministry, Justice ministry) and would like to update your page on the Knox website, please do so! We can’t read your minds. We don’t know what your group wants to communicate. We rely on ministry group members to contribute their own material.

How to write a for a website

Writing for a website or blog is nothing like writing a term paper.

People tend to scan websites and blogs quickly. If you present people with densely written text they likely will not read to the end of the paragraph. As such they tend to only read headings. If the headings and subheadings draw them in, then they will read the full article.

What’s the difference between a blog and a web page?

  • A blog is the place on your website where you put articles that highlight more newsy things and current events
  • Google loves websites that change a lot, and having a blog ensures that you do
  • A web page is a static page that is available from the website menu bar
  • Check out the Knox blog when you’re done reading this page

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • 300 to 500 words for a blog post of a newsy nature
  • Blog posts for things like: An upcoming church meeting, a Bible Study, a public Social Justice event
  • Write short paragraphs
  • Not too formal
  • Write as if you are telling a friend
  • Use lots of headings and subheadings (kind of how this is formatted)
  • Use bullet points
  • Submit one original photo or graphic to go along with your article – it is very important that you have the rights to publish the photo
  • You can link to other articles, books and websites

Do not format your text with fancy fonts and colours.

The editor of the website will format your text so the design matches with the rest of the website and so that it’s scannable for people who just want the headlines.

In fact, it’s best to submit your writing in the body an un-formatted email. If you have a heading, just put a notation for heading or subheading. If there are no headings, the editor will add them for you.

  • Do not use underlines.
  • Do not put two spaces after a period.
  • Do not use ALL CAPS.

These are throwbacks to the typewriter era and are not used for online articles. Word processors have eliminated the need for those things.

  • In the past, underlines used to represent something you wanted to draw attention to. Now we use bold text.
  • Underlines now represent links to other parts of the website, other websites or links to downloadable files like pdfs.
  • ALL CAPS used to represent TITLES and HEADINGS. Now we have special heading fonts because ALL CAPS is hard to read.

How to submit your blog articles or web page updates:

  • Send an email to the church office with your article.
  • The office staff will forward it to the website editor.
  • The editor will publish your piece between 24 and 48 hours after receiving it.
  • If you want to use an attachment, please save it as a plain text file so that the info can be copied and pasted into the website.
  • We do accept pdf files for things like registration forms, but you must create those yourself and also create some plain text to use with it, if you want your pdf on a blog post.

We do not accept handwritten articles due to time constraints, but if you can get someone to email it for you, we’d be happy to publish it.

Read the blog!

Click here to read the Knox blog to see examples of blog posts.

Note: We reserve the right to edit your articles. Inappropriate content will not be published.