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Become a regular contributor

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We’re recruiting—and we want you to join. We’re looking for a team of people who are willing to each contribute at least two posts per month to opensource.com. That’s it. And for that commitment, you’ll get a few cool perks:

  • A group badge on your profile (not to mention the fast track to a Rock Star badge, since you get 30 points per article)
  • An opensource.com swag pack when you join us
  • You’ll be the first to get stuff when we create new opensource.com swag (t-shirts, glasses, water bottles, etc.)
  • Invitations to group dinners and meetups at conferences

Got an excuse not to join? We’ve got an answer.

I’d really like to, but I don’t have time.

Becoming a twice-a-month contributor might not even mean extra work for you. Got a personal blog? If you’re already writing things that would be a good fit here, too, all you need is to give them a Creative Commons license, and your work is done.

I don’t know what to write about.

You’d be surprised how many places the open source way pops up when you start looking. If you’re at a conference, write a recap of the event or of a session you attend. Interview someone. Comment on current events. Set up a Google alert for your favorite open source topic. And if you’re really stumped, the Life channel and Education channel have discussion lists and topic lists for you to start from.

I’m not a very good writer.

That’s why they invented editors, which we have at your disposal. You have the idea; we have the sentence structure and punctuation.

English isn’t my first language.

See above—that’s what editors are for. And we like you even more. Maybe you’d like to translate some posts, or write your own in English and your native language?

Now that you’re all out of excuses, it’s time to volunteer. Fill out our quick form, which the email elves will deliver into those aforementioned editors’ inboxes post haste. We’ll be in touch soon.

About the author

Ruth Suehle - Ruth Suehle is the community leadership manager for Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team. She's co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, December 2013) and a senior editor at GeekMom, a site for those who find their joy in both geekery and