Here’s the deal: We (Metblogs authors) write because we love the cities we live in (now granted, I consider Southwestern PA to be Pittsburgh. I spend enough time romping through Westmoreland and Fayette counties to know we’re all Burghers). All you have to do is write about Pittsburgh. Anything that is related to Pittsburgh. I tend to write about transportation, culture-type things and fun things I see when I’m walking to and from my bus stop. If you want to write about those things too, that’s awesome! I don’t know much about Pittsburgh politics, since I live in the suburbs, and I tend to only follow hockey. We’re pretty irreverent here sometimes, we have fun with what we write. If we don’t, what’s the point?
What do you get out of being a Metblogs author? Well, I keep getting invited to things, for free! I’ve seen a bunch of special preview shows, gotten to interview awesome people who I would normally not have access to, and also, every now and then, just get free stuff. I’ve gotten a lot of exposure for my own blog, and made friends in other cities because of the community of authors.
And, here’s the fun thing, since I’m Captain now, I can give you stuff. Case in point, at least every other month (but I’ll try for monthly), we’ll have an author meet-up, and the first round of drinks is on me (21+ only, younger authors can write, but I’ll be buying you something non-alcoholic). That’s right, free drinks, just for writing about the city you love. Seriously, where else are you going to find a deal like that?
What do you need to do? Write about Pittsburgh. That’s it. I try to post at least once a day (sometimes I fail, hence the need for help). The general rule is to post 2-3 times a week, but if you can’t, that’s okay too. When we have a lot of authors, we just make sure that we don’t post over one another (that is, letting other posts sit at the top of the page at least an hour, and scheduling of posts does that easily), unless something is happening live. I post a lot from my phone (you can post from a flip phone, Android, or iOS device).