Blog Guidelines

Here are some tips for writing a post for Catalyzing:

  • Length should be between 800 and 1000 words (max!)

  • Our best posts have been brief, personal, compelling, and jargon-free.

  • Tell us a story! Use the same tone—familiar, engaging, colloquial—that you would use if you were emailing your best friend.

  • If your topic is likely to be unfamiliar to a general audience, try to explain it succinctly, as if you were describing it to a teenager rather than a team of industry professionals.

  • Avoid generalizations and include personal examples whenever possible. Instead of, “Relying on gender-based assumptions about girls and boys contributes to inequity” try, “My mother was brilliant at math, but she was never encouraged to pursue it.”

  • Draw the reader in by stating the topic of your post in a couple of introductory sentences. Brief, provocative questions often work well, e.g., “Ever wonder why there are so few women neurosurgeons?”

  • Once you’ve established the topic and main idea of your post, you can make your supporting arguments in the main portion of the post. Then add a 1-2-sentence conclusion, e.g., “The further you push yourself, the higher you’ll go!” Try to close with a declarative statement.

Please note that we’ll need the following from you as soon as possible:

  • A draft of your post by the agreed-upon date

  • A headshot (any standard jpeg image is fine; we’ll take care of formatting it for our purposes)

  • A brief bio (3 sentences or less) including any relevant links (e.g., to your personal website or Twitter account)

  • Register first on our site in order to access the blogger agreement; then, please fill out and submit the online blogger agreement

Catalyst reserves the right to edit all content. You may not see these changes prior to publication. While it’s possible to do so, Catalyst generally won’t make changes to finalized text or published posts unless they contain errors of fact, grammar, or punctuation. We will share your post across all social media channels. We encourage you to do the same!

For inquiries contact Catalyst’s blog manager, Risa Pappas.