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    Posted: Jul/18/2007 at 7:08am
If you guys have the writing chops / expertise / time:

QUALIFICATIONS:

The purpose of the Snowboarding site is to teach, inform and otherwise enrich the experience of both casual and committed riders. The site will include such staples as tutorials, gear reviews and how-tos, mountain profiles, and some content covering the exploits of the pros.

The Guide should have a professional background writing about snowboarding and be a recognized expert on the activity. The candidate will have the engaging writing voice of a columnist and the research and interviewing chops of a reporter, able to dig up information of vital interest and draw out interesting insights from other experts.

Ideal qualifications include:
- A journalist or author who has written extensively on the subject
- A snowboarding pro or instructor

PRIMARY AUDIENCE:
Snowboarders interested in enriching their own leisure/amateur activities

TOPICS TO COVER:
This is not meant to be comprehensive; rather, it calls out basics that we'd like to see covered and serves as a foundation for the way in which we'd like topics to be organized.

I. Snowboarding 101
   A. What is snowboarding
   B. How to get started
   C. Basic technique
   D. Essential gear

II. How to Snowboard
   A. Stance
   B. Stopping
   C. Turning
   D. Chairlift
   E. Jumps
   F. Moguls
      etc.

III. Gear
   A. Guides and reviews
      1. Snowboards
      2. Boots
      3. Goggles
      4. Pants
      5. Jackets
      6. Gloves
      7. Helmets
         etc.

   B. Maintenance and repairs

IV. Tricks
   A. Grabs
   B. Air
   C. Rails
   D. Flips
   E. Twists
   F. Half-pipes
   G. Courses

V. Where to Ride
   A. Mountain/Resort profiles
   B. Back country
   C. Travel

VI. Pros
   A. Rider profiles
   B. Tours & events
   C. How to go pro

VII. Competitions
   A. Types of competitions
   B. Racing
   C. Trick-based events
   D. How to compete
 

Compensation? Decent:
http://beaguide.about.com/compensation.htm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/18/2007 at 7:26am
Damn.  I have the writing chops and the interest, but probably not the knowledge and experience.  Ah well.  The About snowboarding website was never terribly helpful.  Hopefully whoever takes it over does a better job of it than the last guy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/18/2007 at 7:49am
the last guy was horrible.


"How Much Content Does a Guide Need to Create?

At a minimum, About Guides must publish two full-length articles every 14 days and update their blog one to three times per week. However, the potential for your GuideSite is really up to you. The more high-quality, relevant content you produce, the more you can earn."


Restless Leg Syndrome... sweet

2 full length articles every 14 days???? geeezzzz.

2010? More Like 1910
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/18/2007 at 7:57am
I wonder if they have contributing writer positions... even though I wouldn't able to do the full thing, I feel like I could make MUCH more information articles than the last guy did during his entire tenure.  Some half-assed Top Ten lists and articles about how snowboard length is primarily based on height?  Please.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/18/2007 at 12:32pm
i would like to see some tricktips

and MOGUL TIPS if anyone does it

i hope some pro here gets the job
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