Contributor Guidelines

Taking a turn on East Lothian Voices should hopefully be fun and not a chore, however, only apply if you can commit to posting frequently throughout your week.

Please read the following and if you would like to take over the reins, please apply here.

You can see which weeks are available at the 2021 Schedule – you might wish to choose a week which is important to you e.g. National Vegetarian Week, Coeliac Awareness Week etc.

Criteria

Hosts should be individuals or not for profit organisations with a connection to East Lothian. (In the future, we may consider allowing businesses to take part.)

You need to have an established, publicly viewable Twitter account. (It does not matter how many followers you have.)

Before your week

It is advisable to check the social media policy of your employer and any organisations with which you are involved.

Tell your followers you are going to host East Lothian Voices and encourage them to follow @EL_Voices.

You will be given access to the @EL_Voices twitter account on the Sunday before your week. You need to be following @lothianloop in order to exchange information – check your DMs!

If you are no longer available on your week, please give as much notice as possible.

During your week

You can tweet as early on Monday as you like until as late on Saturday as suits you. (Sunday is Admin day)

Contributors must abide by the usual Twitter rules.

You must not change any of the account settings or grant third-party access (other than Tweetdeck or other scheduling apps).

You could start by thanking the previous incumbent and introducing yourself and telling followers about your connection to East Lothian. (Your posts don’t need to be solely about East Lothian)

Things you might think are mundane are often interesting to others e.g.

  • your typical day
  • your commute
  • your hobbies/interests
  • what you’re having for tea!

Try to tweet/retweet as you normally would from your own account.

Consider using quote retweet to add context to a retweet e.g. why this issue is important to you or to explain technical details for the general public.

It’s a good idea to interact with followers: ask questions, like, reply and retweet.

You can run a prize draw, organise a follower challenge, run a poll or broadcast a live event!

At the end of your week, say goodbye with a final tweet and remind people of your usual twitter handle in case they want to follow you. You might wish to mention the upcoming host.