Submit a calendar item, news, or photo – or write a guest post!

Show diversity of people who bike in Monterey County!

How? By submitting a calendar item, press release, news tip, link to media coverage, guest post, essay, poem, art, photo or video, etc. about bicycling in Monterey County. Visitors and locals of all ages are welcome to have their voice heard here. Read on for details.

Calendar items

Submit a listing for the Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County. Note “How to submit a listing” on the calendar page.

Scroll down for “How to submit a guest post,” including special note to children and teens

News: Press releases and other announcements

Please submit your press releases, public announcements, or other information related to bicycling in Monterey County for posting. Some bike news and events from around the Monterey Bay region  (San Benito and Santa Cruz County) are published here too; feel free to ask.

It’s fine to promote your business, civic club, hobby, or whatever, as long as it includes info specific to biking. In some cases, that can be as basic as including tips on how to bike to your location, and photo of a bicycle there.

Local bike-related news and features from other local media

Send me a heads-up about bike news or features in other local media.  I will be glad to link to their work, helping to bring attention to any bike-related buzz happening in Monterey County. This will help Bicycling Monterey serve as a more comprehensive info source regarding bicycling in our county.

(Photo courtesy of Devian Gilbert.)

How to submit a guest post

Please phone me (831-375-6278)  in advance to discuss your idea.

Besides other types of guest posts, bike-related poems and essays are also welcome.

Email:  If you don’t already have my email address, please contact me via email form or phone to obtain an email address for submitting your work.  (To avoid spam, I don’t post an email address.) Please be sure to provide your phone number, in case I have questions. Your phone number, and email address, will not be published without your permission. See privacy policy.

Photos:  When making a submission, including a jpg image of a relevant photo is appreciated.   One photo is necessary for every post, and more photo submissions are welcome.  No photos?  I may have a suitable one to accompany your writing.

Videos: Contact Mari first to discuss.

No anonymous submissions. The sole exception is that children and teens under 18, if they and their parent or guardian prefer, may provide a byline of a first name only, or they  may use a pseudonym/pen name.  (Adults writing guest posts must use their real name.)

Special note to children and teens

Your poems, essays, stories, articles, or other writing are especially welcome at the Bicycling Monterey website.  Don’t worry about the guidelines below, just contact me (if under 18, with a parent or guardian’s permission). I look forward to your ideas and to answering your questions. 

And no worries either about things like grammar and spelling! I will be happy to help you correct those if needed, as I’m a writer and editor by profession.  Surprised?  The Bicycling Monterey website shows it’s okay to be casual about “fussy” or exacting standards sometimes!  “Perfectionism and procrastination go hand-in-hand, and they compromise our creativity.”   Sometimes it’s important to do things “perfectly,” and other times it’s more important to just dive in and do things! 

So just go for it.  Write from your heart about biking!

Privacy? For children and teens, if you or your parents prefer, you may provide a byline of a first name only, or use a pseudonym/pen name.

Guest posts by adults also encouraged

One gentleman told me he thinks this website is great–and he feels intimidated about sending in a guest post.  Don’t be! 

Simply contact me in advance with your idea.  Whether you’re a resident or visitor, if it’s about biking in Monterey County–or about anything in the county that includes a bike–you are encouraged to write a guest post.

I’ve got a beef about biking! *%@#^!

On January 27, 2012, I noted this statement by Erik Schmidt of Santa Cruz:  “The number of blogs with ‘rants’ in the title is a testament to the fact that on the Internet, rants are not only accepted, but encouraged. Where else but on the Internet is it a weird badge of honor to be someone who rants?” 

Erik’s comment reflects my values.  Clearly rants have a place on the web. Not here though! 

If a guest post addresses a challenge, keeping the tone positive is requested.   The Bicycling Monterey website is a place to share the joys of biking and to offer solutions to challenges, helping to build a more bike-friendly world.

Writers retain their copyright

I am a longtime advocate for writers’ rights and have been recognized by the National Writers Union for “stellar service as a national contracts advisor, journalism contracts trainer, and representative of Santa Cruz/Monterey area writers at national proceedings.” Respecting copyright law is more important than ever since the advent of the web.  Writers of guests posts on the Bicycling Monterey site retain their copyright. Please contact me if you have other questions.

I look forward to publishing your contribution.

Thank you,

Mari

Mari has written the vast majority of the content for this site. Help provide a diversity of voices by writing a guest post.

Special thanks to the following for leading the way:

  1. Justine Warwick
  2. Rebecca Warwick
  3. Devian Gilbert
  4. Sierra Dehmler
  5. Phil Yenovkian
  6. James Wrona
  7. Frank Henderson
  8. Jesse Martines
  9. Robert Okerblom
  10. Alex Cappelli
  11. Rita M. Goldstein
  12. Ron Dillender
  13. Ariana Green
  14. Natalie Oliver
  15. Sarah Factor
  16. Margaret Davis
  17. Elise Ehrheart
  18. Gregg Brady
  19. Wendy Booher

Thanks also to the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), and Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) for providing press releases for this site.

 

I want to streamline my computer hours so I have more time for my bike, including more direct outreach throughout the county. If you writing a guest post isn’t your thing, please check the volunteer opportunities page too.