Frequently Asked Questions
National Conversation Blog –
Share your photos, videos, or thoughts about the future of our communities!
Q: Who can submit posts?
A: Anyone! If you have thoughts about your community, or a community you've worked in, we would love to hear them.
Q: How do I submit a post for consideration?
A: You can submit a post by clicking on this link: http://smartgrowth.org/nationalconversation/. You must submit your video, photo essay, or blog post in final form – we will do a quick threshold review, but cannot go through multiple rounds of edits with you. In addition, you will be asked to provide your contact informationand a short biography.
FYI – Blog posts are limited to 500 words and attachments (on the form) are limited to 30 MB. If you need to send a bigger file, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work with you to find a solution.
Q: How will posts be reviewed or posting date determined?
A: Post will be given a threshold review by SGN members (grammar, type of content), follow up with you if any clarification is needed, and let you know of an anticipated posting date. The content we receive now, pre- launch, will likely be posted sometime in the first month, depending on the volume and type of submissions. After that, posting will depend on how many submissions we are receiving and will try to post an update here.
Q: What type of submissions are you looking for?
A: We are looking for submissions that contribute to the conversation around the future of our communities. What's the next big thing we need to tackle? What do you want your community to become? The next innovation for city streets or in public health? Or, simply, what's a cool thing that happened in your community that other communities can replicate? Once we launch, feel free to take a look at the blog to get a feel for what we're looking for. Until then, send us a submission and we'll get back to you about if we think it is appropriate for posting.
Q: How long will the blog run for?
A: As long as it can! We would like this conversation to be robust, interesting, and engaging – so as long as we're getting new materials to post, we will keep at it!
Q: Will we be able to link to or comment on submissions?
A:Yes, absolutely (to both). You will be able to comment on all posts, although we reserve the right to flag or remove comments that are inappropriate or do not contribute to the nature of the conversation. All posts will have links to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and an e-mail option. Share away!