The National NSSLHA Blog is intended to establish a community and foster discussion for pre-professionals in the fields of audiology; speech-language pathology; and speech, language, and hearing research.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Review our Blogger Agreement and submit the Blogger Application (form is located at the bottom of the Agreement).
- Wait to hear back from the National NSSLHA office for approval. We’ll email you with instructions if your topic idea is selected for a National NSSLHA Blog post.
- Once approved, you’ll work with the National NSSLHA office to write and submit your blog post.
Tips for Writing a Great Blog Post
Once you’re approved and selected by the National NSSLHA office to write a blog post, we’ll ask you to think about the following when writing your draf:
- Keep It Short: Aim for 800–1,200 words . . . long enough to convey your point, but efficient and to the point.
- Share Your Experiences: Fellow students will benefit most from learning about your experiences and perspectives on issues they also face.
- Be Inventive: Share a new story, idea, or perspective on a topic.
- Think About Your Fellow Students: Target message(s) to your fellow CSD students.
- Keep It Web-Friendly: Provide links to additional info (where applicable). If you’re quoting or paraphrasing another author, credit the author(s) and sources(s).
- Pictures, Please: We’ll need at least one high-quality image (high resolution, not blurry, horizontal format) to post with your blog content, as well as a headshot for your bio.
What Not to Do in Your Blog Post
- Be Disrespectful: It’s okay to be passionate about opinions that are different from others; just keep it respectful.
- Be Promotional: We won’t publish posts that blatantly promote products or services. Instead, share your expertise by writing insightful content.
Participating in a blog post doesn’t end once the blog is posted!
- Share Your Post: Promote your post through your social media accounts.
- Respond to Comments: Dialogue is key to a successful blog post, so stay engaged with readers through the comments section.
If you don’t already have a blog topic in mind, check out these ideas:
- What you found most interesting about X article/research topic/college course/etc.
- Interview a professional in the field of study you’re interested in pursuing
- Failing at X and what you learned from the experience
- How your involvement in your local NSSLHA Chapter has changed your leadership skills
- Wow-factor accomplishments of your local NSSLHA Chapter
- Innovative ways you or your local NSSLHA Chapter are serving the community
- Roadblocks you’ve encountered in your CSD program, getting into grad school, deciding which field of study you’re most interested in, etc., and how you overcame them
- How you or your local NSSLHA Chapter has advocated for the professions
- Mentorship success stories (or nightmares!) and how it helped you become stronger
- Fun and effective fundraising ideas