Write for PickTheBrain.com

After 7 months as the sole content creator for PickTheBrain.com, I’ve decided to open up the site to other writers. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time (it wasn’t an easy decision), but I’m confident it’s the right one and I’m excited to move forward.

Here are my primary reasons.

1. Diversity

Based on the quality of the comments, I know there are intelligent people interested in contributing to the discussion. Having multiple voices will bring diversity to the site’s content and style. It will allow the site to cover topics that I know little about and will help readers discover other talented writers.

2. Community

Having only one person writing is an inefficient way to share collective wisdom. I’m not an expert on everything and I learn a ton from the comments people leave. Allowing others to contribute will create a greater depth of knowledge.

I want to give readers the chance to have the spotlight. Not everyone has the opportunity to write for an audience of several thousand readers. Although most people aren’t driven to update a blog on a regular basis, I’ll bet every person reading this has at least one great article inside them. Now you have the opportunity to share it.

3. Quality Content

Writing content is hard, time consuming work. Given the degree of quality I expect and the fact I have a full time job as well, something had to give. At times the pressure to produce content has made me miserable. I started PickTheBrain.com in search of freedom, not self imposed slavery.

The options were 1) stop posting as much, or 2) find help. Recruiting additional writers will allow the site to share more content and take some pressure off me. I still plan on being the primary writer, but not having to do it alone will allow me to write more inspired, stress-free articles.

Why Write for PickTheBrain.com?

You now know why this move is good for me, but why should you want to post your hard work here?

  1. The Joy of Sharing – If you’ve had a life-changing experience or overcome an enormous obstacle, sharing your knowledge could change the lives of thousands of people who face the same problem.
  2. Exposure – For a beginning blogger, building a readership is a challenge. It’s tough when no one knows who you are. Writing for PickTheBrain.com will allow you to reach thousands of new readers and gain some visibility in the blogosphere.
  3. Links/Traffic – When you contribute an article, you’ll receive credit and a byline with a link to your site. This will send you a healthy dose of traffic and PageRank.
  4. Money – For those of you who’d rather receive monetary compensation for your efforts, I’m perfectly happy to pay for great content.

Writing Requirements

My biggest fear with inviting other writers to contribute is that the quality of the site will decline. To avoid this, I’m going to be extremely picky about what I publish. Please don’t be offended if I decline an article or send it back with recommendations.

Here are the main requirements for content submission.

  1. Original – Anything you submit must be your original writing that you still hold all rights to. Please don’t submit articles that summarize or repeat another source.
  2. Unique – The article you submit cannot be duplicated on any other sites including your own, and while the content remains yours, you are granting me the right to keep it on this site.
  3. Relevant to Self Improvement – I plan to be very flexible on this but all articles should be somehow relevant to self improvement. Extra points for anything that’s intellectually stimulating.
  4. I reserve the right to edit content in any way I see fit before publishing it.
  5. Send your submissions to john@pickthebrain.com, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

I hope you’re as excited as I am about the benefits that new contributors will bring to PickTheBrain.com. If you’re interested in writing but aren’t sure about a topic, here are some suggestions I’m particularly interested in.

  • Mental development, meditation, concentration, or any other way to train yourself to think more clearly
  • Personal productivity and motivation
  • Art, science, philosophy, and literature
  • Health and fitness
  • Personal finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship
  • Education and self directed learning
  • Better writing and blogging

I look forward to reading your submissions. Adding new voices will help PickTheBrain.com develop into a more robust community than one person could create alone.


Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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