We welcome new contributors to this site. There are lots of ways to be involved — some of which only take a few minutes. While we won’t be able to pay you, you can still get the glory.
The easiest way to help is to send in a link to help fill in our table of local ADU regulations. If you’ve got a link, leave a comment below.
If you have your own ADU and you’d like to tell the world about it, currently we have a writer who can interview you and write the story. She’ll ask things like why you built it, what you built, and how it’s working out, for better or worse. Contact the ADU Case Studies Coordinator, Lina Menard, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll get back to you quickly.
If you’re academically oriented, and want to contribute to our Zotero database of ADU-related references and citations, we would love some help there. Check out this page and leave a comment for Martin.
If you’re interested in writing anything else for the site, that’s great! We would love to have contributions from around the country and world. Some guidelines are below. Read them, leave a comment below, and we’ll get back to you pronto.
Guidelines for posts
- Feel free to range widely in terms of content and style, but make sure whatever you write has some clear relevance to the accessory dwelling concept.
- The post should have some substance, making at least an itty bitty contribution to the amount of knowledge on the web on this subject. That doesn’t mean you have to write a phD thesis, just anything more than “hey I found this link on the web check it out.”
- The easiest way to contribute is to report your own personal experience. You might describe an accessory dwelling you built, live in, or visited (pictures are most welcome). Or your experience with a crucial issue related to accessory dwellings (financing, being a landlord/tenant, using a common yard, etc).
- If you want to write about the general benefits/drawbacks/potential/etc of ADUs, try to synthesize the issue or add intelligent commentary.
- If your business is related to accessory dwellings, that’s fine! You can promote your own service, products, or events. Just make it clear you’re promoting yourself, and provide some value to readers along the way.
- The only thing we’re shy about right now is unbuilt projects. We hope AccessoryDwellings.org can distinguish itself by publicizing dwellings that are actually being built or lived in right now. However, if you’ve got a really great unbuilt project story, let us know.
- Copyright and permissions: Please make sure you have appropriate permission or clearance to use the images that appear in your post, and credit the creators of those images. For example, you can get permission from the photographer directly, or you can use images that are licensed under Creative Commons. Your posts will be released with a Creative Commons license unless you declare a different license in the body of your post.
We’re anxious to hear your ideas! Thanks!
– the editors