By Rebecca Wahlstrom
It’s July and that means it’s that time of the season when LANDbytes celebrates another year of being ASLA Oregon’s premier e-publication that showcases articles, briefs, reviews, spotlights and more! A big thank you goes to all those who have contributed to LANDbytes over the past year; Nancy Buley, Renee Wilkinson, Logan Bingle, Eileen Obermiller, and Jason King. Their contributions have helped make the publication more diverse and interesting. If your memory is foggy on just what LANDbytes has covered, take a look at the past year’s articles; http://www.aslaoregon.org/updates/articles/landbytes.
Here at LANDbytes, we aren’t celebrating our anniversary with a sale, but we are having a promotion. While our selection of writers is great, it would be even more exciting to add more fantastic contributors to the list. That means you! Do you want to talk about site design? Have some opinions on some past or current projects? Want to write about a useful program or book that you have discovered? Any great AutoCAD or SketchUp tips? If it is interesting to you, it most likely is interesting to the rest of the ASLA. If you are a little unsure of your writing skills or haven’t contributed to our publication before, the editors of LANDbytes will help you along the way by reading the article before posting onto the website and making helpful comments where something in the article might be unclear. The articles are due on the 15th of each month so that it can be edited and posted by the end of the month. Length or word count is not specified, but do keep in mind that brevity and clarity are prized; one to two pages should be the maximum length. If you are worried that you will be roped in to a monthly contribution – have no fear. While a monthly article would be wonderful, it is recognized that not everyone wants to feel stuck. So go ahead and be a rabble rouser, a design reviewer, or a mover and shaker – you decide.
What you will get in return for contributing is gaining an audience for your thoughts and ideas, not only in Oregon, but beyond. The LANDbytes articles are pushed out onto Twitter and posted on Facebook and LinkedIn, making the audience even more widespread. The more people talking about landscape architecture and all the wonderful things going on in Oregon, the more our profession will be recognized as being an integral part of the wider design community. Joyeux anniversaire, LANDbytes!! Many happy returns!
If you have any questions about writing for LANDbytes, please contact Christopher Olin.