Write for the Vermont Beekeepers Association
The Vermont Beekeepers Assocation is always looking for articles and photos from members for our website and newsletter.
VBA Members: You may submit articles and photos online simply by logging into the site using your member username and password.
Once you login to the site look in the User Menu on the screen for a link labeled Submit an Article which will open our submission form. (If you'd like to submit a link to another website you can use the Submit a Web Link choice which opens a different form you can use.) From there you can type your story. Or you can use copy and paste to insert your text. Note that sometimes the copy & paste function doesn't work the way you'd expect. This text box is best for short articles. If you have something longer we suggest submitting a document using the form's attachment buttons which allow you to send us images or document files. You can also upload photos from the same screen. When typing your article please consider the "style" of the site. While there may be the option to use many fancy fonts, ask yourself if that would be appropriate when looking at other articles.
Stories are accepted on any beekeeping-related topic with strong preference given to local and/or Vermont-related topics. In other words, we are looking for stories written by you. Once your article is uploaded we will place it in the appropriate location of the site (or contact you for further information) if it is accepted for use. Please make sure you have the right to use the information submitted and/or permission from the copyright holder.
VBA Members who would like to promote their business are invited to submit a short description for inclusion on our Marketplace pages. Please look at the current listings for examples.
Please upload your images in jpg, png or gif formats, preferably sized no larger than 1600 x 1600 pixels. Image filename extensions should be in lowercase - in other words, picture.jpg is a valid name while picture.JPG is not. Also, image filenames should not have spaces in them since some web browsers cannot see those spaces properly. Images may be inserted into article pages the same way you do it with your word processor. While working in the editor, look for the Insert/Edit Image icon on the toolbar to upload and insert images. (If you choose to email photos you must resize them so their horizontal or vertical resolution is no greater than 1600 pixels.)
Ideally, any images you provide should be optimized for use on the web. Your camera is capable of taking high-resolution photos but that resolution isn't necessary for online purposes. Typically, cameras default to 240 or 300ppi (pixels per inch) resolution. An image submitted for a webpage works fine when the resolution is 72ppi and has the added benefit of making the display page load faster - an important consideration for areas lacking high-speed internet service. Here's a good explanation of camera resolution.
Most cameras come with imaging software that allows you to manipulate your photos and many cameras, and most phones, allow in-device editing of images. If you have difficulty using those features or are unable to edit your images on oyur computer there are many free online tools, like this image resizer, that can do it for you.
When inserting images into submitted articles please keep in mind how they will appear on the page. A large image can overwhem the page. When you upload and insert an image you can very easily reduce the size of it as it appears in the article by selecting it with your mouse and "dragging" the image corners to shrink or enlarge it much as you would with your word processor or presentation program. If you have questions, please ask.