Writing a Blog Post for Beat

Many thanks for your interest in writing for Beat’s website and our social media channels.

We are very grateful for your help, as we find that personal stories can be of great benefit to others in their recovery journey from eating disorders, helping to remove the stigma and loneliness that frequently accompany them.

Through the Beat blog, we try to promote a positive message of recovery to help inspire readers. We ask that the content you send us is original at the time we post it, although we don’t own your content and are more than happy for you to publish it elsewhere after we post it.

Topics we’re looking for

We want our blog to cover as wide a range of experiences as possible. At the moment we’re really keen to receive blog posts covering:

  • Eating disorder recovery
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Emotional overeating
  • Caring for someone with an eating disorder

Guidelines for blog writers 

  • Aim for 500 to 700 words. However, if you want to write more, the upper limit is 1,200 words.
  • Create a short meaningful title so readers can identify the particular subject areas that interest them.  
  • Let us know how you would like to be acknowledged as the author of your work: we will include a “contributed by x” at the end of your post.  Please let us know if you are happy for us to identify you by your first name, or you can suggest an alias or made up name (pseudonym) if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

What not to say

As you are probably aware, there are some particular phrases, words and images that can be unintentionally triggering for people with eating disorders or in recovery from them. So we ask all writers not to mention:

  • Specific weights gained or lost, or specific target weights
  • Specific quantities of food eaten
  • Details of specific behaviour or actions during an eating disorder.

Please refer to our Media Guidelines for more in-depth guidance on the use of images and words. 

Finally, we should let you know that we may need to edit or remove some of your content before posting it on our website or social media channels. 

Images

We encourage you to include at least 2 images to be used in your blog – you may choose to include an image of yourself, images that are relevant to the content of your blog, or both.

If you would like to attach an image that you have not taken yourself, please check its usage rights on Google before sending it to us. You can do this in Google images by clicking on “Search tools” and the “Usage rights” tab should appear. Click on the drop down menu, and select an image that is “Labelled for reuse with modification”.

What do I do once I've written my blog? 

Once you've written your blog, email it to our Communications Team for consideration at comms@beateatingdisorders.org.uk. Don't forget to include a short meaningful title and attach any images. We'll then get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if we'll be using your blog, when we're likely to publish it, and details of any necessary changes.