Why blog for Lifeology
Lifeology is a platform that brings together scientists, healthcare experts, artists, science writers and broader audiences in the creation of educational content that can reach anyone. This includes mobile-friendly Lifeology mini-courses composed of visual, interactive flashcards that make science approachable.
The Lifeology blog and forums give you space to share your own work or experiences with the communication of science or health through text, art or any other format. Blogging with us is also a great way to showcase your work, build a portfolio, grow your voice, share your expertise and connect with others. The Lifeology blog focuses on showcasing and sharing advice around science and health education and visual communication. Our audience includes mostly other scientists, science and health communicators, educators, artists and other professionals.
Interested in blogging with us? Please join our Slack workspace and join our #blog-post-ideas channel! You can pitch Paige and Courtney (Lifeology team members) any time with blog post ideas that we can help you publish. We also have a private Lifeology Bloggers Slack channel we can add you to if you are interested in ongoing blogging and paid blog opportunities. If you want to be a regular, ongoing blogger with us, apply here.
Lifeology was created by LifeOmic, a health software company that has created a Precision Health Cloud platform for researchers and health tracking apps being used by over 3 million users today.
The Lifeology blog is a space for discussions and learning around science and health communication, science art, public perceptions of science, the science of science communication, health literacy and more.
We welcome anyone to blog with us! Lifeology bloggers are given editorial freedom to share their work, thoughts, expertise or experiences related to topics we are passionate about, with light editing and fact-checking provided by Lifeology team members including veteran science communication blogger Dr. Paige Jarreau. Lifeology bloggers also retain the copyright of the content they produce, but give LifeOmic license to host, share and repurpose this content for the purpose of promoting the Lifeology community.
How to Be a Lifeology Blogger
Lifeology bloggers can contribute blog content related to their expertise, personal experiences, personal research, or work-related projects, in the form of WordPress blog post drafts uploaded to the Lifeology WordPress dashboard. We also welcome bloggers to submit blog post drafts as Google docs to Courtney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for editing and review prior to uploading as WordPress drafts. All blog posts must be approved and may be lightly edited. Both text and multimedia blogging content (art, animation or video content, etc.) are welcome.
What blog post topics are welcome at Lifeology?
We welcome you to submit any content related to science, health, art, and science communication. Welcome topics include:
- Science or heatlh communication projects or products you are working on
- SciArt and visual communication
- Advice for other artists or science/health communicators
- Your thoughts and impressions as a consumer of science and health information (for example, blog about your impressions of new scicomm mediums and formats, including Lifeology courses!)
- Your experiences or process in creating art or other materials that help communicate science/health or represent what the science means to you
- Research, practice or experience-related content about timely topics that have implications for how we communicate science and health information, such as vaccine advocacy, health literacy, mental health, health disparities, etc.
- Summaries or your expert views on research literature related to science or health communication, public perceptions of science, power of storytelling, successful collaboration, etc.
- Human psychology related to science and health communication, information-seeking behaviors, engagement, health behavior, health behavior change, patient engagement and more
- Stories about your heroes in science or health communication, sciart, storytelling, etc.
Some content may also be a fit for our wellness content site, lifeapps.io! You are welcome (and encouraged!) to contribute content for both lifeapps.io and lifeology.io
What to Expect – Blogging Process!
You can expect something like the following process for each blog post you create for lifeology.io:
1. Drop a note in our #blog-post-ideas Lifeology Slack channel about a blog post idea you have, or ping Courtney Adams or Paige Jarreau (Lifeology team members) personally about your blog post idea. We might be able to help you refine the scope of the post or the topic to fit the Lifeology blog audience.
2. Create a blog post draft in a Word document or Google Doc. Share your first draft if you want feedback, or share your final draft with Courtney (email@example.com) or Paige.
3. One of our Lifeology team members (Courtney is your main contact) will help you upload your blog post to our WordPress dashboard for the Lifeology.io site. We may ask you to upload your blog post yourself if you are a regular Lifeology blogger – use the default editor in WordPress. Keep your formatting simple. Add any images you want included into our WordPress Media library and insert them on their own line, center adjusted, large size. Submit your draft for review. Need a WordPress tutorial? Contact us!
4. We will try to copy-edit and publish your blog post within a timely manner. We may wait for a timely date or event to publish your blog post so that it gets more traction. We will notify you as soon as your blog post goes live. If you are writing something more timely and want us to expedite publishing, just let us know.
5. Share your blog post!
Lifeology Blogging Guidelines
Check out our Lifeology Blogging Standards for a full list of content standards we maintain.
Bloggers will retain editorial freedom over their content, with content primarily edited for scientific accuracy and accessibility, and are encouraged to be creative and submit content related to topics they are most passionate about. However, we reserve the right to not publish or unpublish blog posts (we will always notify the blogger ahead of time, in these cases) that violate our blogging guidelines.
Lifeology bloggers will be held responsible for the accuracy of their content, particularly related to any science/health claims they make, or in discussions of science/research findings. Lifeology blog content should be evidence-based when it is not made clear that the content is directly related to personal experiences, thoughts and impressions. The Lifeology team reserves the right to fact-check your content and ask for revisions or content changes for the purpose of maintaining scientific accuracy.
Lifeology bloggers must attribute their sources where applicable. Lifeology bloggers should only submit content that they’ve created or have permission to use (e.g. images published in the public domain or under a flexible CC license). Blog posts that contain copyright-violating content may be unpublished.
Lifeology bloggers should cite their sources, either based on standard academic citation conventions or as permanent hyperlinks to their sources.
Lifeology bloggers can submit blog posts of any length, including blog posts that are very short and primarily feature art or other visual content!
Write as often as works for you! A monthly cadence is great for building your own audience.
We welcome a range of writing styles in Lifeology blog posts! But we recommend that you write in a conversational, informal and friendly tone.
Lifeology blog content should be educational and engaging without an overabundance of jargon – scientific terms should be explained and content should be catered to a 6th grade reading level.
Lifeology bloggers should abide by the highest ethical standards in their blog posts. They should never write content that is slanderous or disrespectful or attributes blame or ill-intentioned motivations onto others, and should notify the Lifeology team ahead of time if producing any such content. Lifeology bloggers should also give people mentioned prominently in their blog posts, particularly if they or their work is mentioned critically, the opportunity to provide additional information or direct quotes where appropriate.
Lifeology bloggers should avoid causing harm at all costs with claims or interpretations in blog posts related to health/medical research, etc.
Any content that doesn’t meet the highest standards of accurate and ethical science communication may not be published.
LifeOmic will not allow the following in Lifeology blog posts:
- Inappropriate language (cursing, etc.)
- Sweeping health claims or research findings or health benefits, etc. described with reference and hyperlinking to primary scientific sources
- Anonymous quotes or references
- Conflicts of interest: Bloggers must disclose all conflicts of interest (e.g. writing about a health supplement, intervention, drug, etc. funded by the organization they work for, etc.) for ethical reasons, and are discouraged from any producing content that may be seen as primarily promotional or serving commercial interests.
- Other common sense “bad” behaviors like bullying, discrimination, discouragment, etc. Lifeology is a safe community for the exchange of information.