This post is designed to give guidelines to those who would like to write a seed post for others to use to grow roses!
Writing a rose post is one of the ways to complete your rose for Wild Rose week in a meeting (if you go to a meeting). It is also something that can contribute as a rose towards your monthly Rose Crown for Mary. This post aims to give all the basic info you need to get going, but (as ever) contact us if something is unclear.
How do I begin?
Probably the first thing to do is to take a browse through the blog if you’re not already familiar with it. This will give you an idea of the kind of things you could write. Your idea should fit roughly into one of the aspects of the charism: Prayer, Faith Formation, Virtue or Evangelisation. Alternatively, you may wish to write a Seasonal post or something specific, but in any case you will get an idea from the blog.
The next thing to do is to think up an idea and check it’s something new. Overlap with previous roses is OK if you’re taking a different angle – but it shouldn’t be an exact repeat!
What do I do when I have my idea?
When you have your basic idea, before you start to write send a quick email to email@example.com to say you would like to write a rose, and which area of the charism it pertains to. You will then be given a contact name/email for the co-ordinator of that area. You will need to email them a quick summary of your idea (just a few lines should suffice). The co-ordinator will then give you a go-ahead to start writing or make a few suggestions if they aren’t sure, until you reach a mutual agreement for the direction to be taken.
What happens after I have a go-ahead?
Now it’s time to write your idea. If this is your first rose, begin with a word document. Be careful to imitate the format of other rose posts, which you will have become familiar with by reading. Here are some specific things to watch out for:
- Keep information in the ‘Rose Box‘ table brief and directive. Seedtime should indicate ‘reading/watching/listening’ so the reader is immediately aware if it can be completed e.g. whilst driving or cleaning. Feedtime should just be a time value as it is presumed this will require full attention. Where things need more than a line or two to explain, this should be done in the main body of the blog post.
- If you are copying and pasting text it needs to be either just a few lines that constitute ‘fair use’ or things that are in the public domain. You can link externally ad libitum, however.
OK I’ve written my post – what next?
Next you need to send your post to the co-ordinator, who will check the format etc. and forward it to a spiritual director relevant to the area to review theologically and pastorally. If either the co-ordinator or director have suggestions in their relevant areas of responsibility they will let you know. Once they have given the thumbs up, however, the co-ordinator will contact you about making a WordPress profile (this is not difficult), or adding your existing profile to the site. This will enable you to post it directly on the website. Any help needed will be given.
At the point of posting on the website, there are a few further considerations regarding formatting:
- Capitalise Each Word More Than Three Letters Long in the Title
- Check the box for the category into which your post falls – this will make it appear in the appropriate place on the website.
- Make sure your post has an accompanying picture to be used as the feature image, and that this it is taken from the public domain. You might want to try websites like Unsplash or Pexels to find images, as on them you can be guaranteed the pictures may be used without legal issues.
- You will need to write a few lines summarising your post as an excerpt. Examples of these can be seen by looking at the blog page.
- For formatting the table of the ‘Rose Box’ the handiest thing is probably to go to a previous article and copy and paste. If formatting yourself, make sure the layout is ‘striped’; that both sets of stripes are set to a pastel colour from the suggested options, and that the writing is dark enough to be legible. Within that there is flexibility. You will also need to copy in the little link to the explanation of the table as a caption beneath it.
Finally you post – and not only in doing so do you give a Rose to Mary, but the post will act as a seed for people to use to grow their weekly roses long after you finish!
The guidelines given in this blogpost are just to get you started. Since the process involves quite a lot of two-way communication, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask if there is anything you are unsure of! Thank-you for reading, and thank-you for considering contributing to building up Golden Rose!