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LAist is currently looking for a few good contributers. Do you have what it takes?

Q. Why should I write for LAist?

A. LAist is one of the hottest blogs in town. Just over the last twelve months our page views have continued to climb, increasing each month. This month we have quadrupled in popularity compared to last year at this time. This means that what you write will actually get read - one of the biggest reasons to write things down.

Q. How much do you pay?

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A. Traditionally if you want to make money, writing is the wrong field to pursue, and writing on blogs is even worse for those seeking fortune. Of the 54 million blogs in the blogosphere less than one half of one per cent make any money. Typically people blog because they're passionate about their subject matter, they love to write, and they love the freedom of being able to say whatever they want to possibly tons of people.

Q. So the lust of money is the root of all evil?

A. No, the lust of money in the blogosphere is the root of really bad blogs.

Q. So what do I get for contributing to LAist?

A. Besides the opportunity to be read by pretty much all the important people of LA and the world, LAist will provide you a greater chance at access to subjects that probably won't talk with personal bloggers, we give our contributers concert tickets to some of the best shows in town, free cds and dvds, as well as photo passes and guest list entry to some of the coolest events that aren't available to the general public.

Q. What topics are okay to write about on LAist?

A. Anything that happens in LA is fair game. Politics, food, sports, gangs, knitting, books, shopping, other blogs, sex, parking, housing, colleges, gardening, beach culture, ethnicity, television, movies, skateboarding, road tripping, drugs, rock, hang gliding. When in doubt, write it down.

Q. How much editing will you do on my masterpieces?

A. One of the best things about reading blogs is its unfiltered feel. We bring on good writers who know how to write. We might clean up some grammar if we have time, we might edit out some factually inaccuracies if we find them, but mostly we trust our writers to do that stuff before they hit Publish. It's not that we're lazy, it's just that we empower our contributers to be good at what they do. So editing is minimal unless you ask us to clean things up for you.

Q. How does one become an Editor at LAist.

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A. There is a chief editor who retains the sole salaried position, and there are specific editors for certain specialties: Food, Sports, TV, Film, Tech, Lifestyle etc. To be considered to be an Editor one must post 5 times a week for a month, and send the main editor a Dutch Apple pie from somewhere as good if not better than the House of Pies. We also have a Co-Editor, he lives in the Valley.

Q. Do Editors get paid?

A. The goal is to pay Editors in 2007, but it really won't be much more than beer money.

Q. Domestic or Imported?

A. One of the best things about being an Editor is that you a) get first crack at cool interviews with celebs b) get first crack at concert tickets to amazing shows c) get first crack at crack d) get first crack at insane events way out of our league d) it looks killer on a resume e) it will probably lead to actual paying gigs

Q. What does LAist require of their contributers?

A. We require that they write at least three posts a week, be good citizens, and attend our monthly free drink fiestas.

Q. What is LAist's relationship with Gothamist?

A. Gothamist is our publisher and without them none of this would be here. They provide the servers, the bandwidth, the IT geniuses, and pretty much everything except for the content. And when it comes to content they are hands-off and wonderful. Gothamist is what LAist aspires to be like. And with your help we will get there.

Q. How do I apply to be a contributer?

A. Email a sample post, as if you are already writing for LAist, to thelaist @ . If it's good Tony will write you back and post it on the site. Then you will be on your way to superstardom.

Q. Do I have to write in the Third Person?

A. Nope. This is still America despite what the Republicans want to do to this fine country. Some of us write in Third Person because it's a tradition of Gothamist, but we don't require it of our contributers. We think it's funny to write this way.

Q. I don't live in LA, can I still write for LAist?

A. Yes.

Q. How is that possible?

A. This is still America despite what the do-nothing Democrats want to allow the Republicans go get away with.

Q. I don't live in the USA, can I still write for LAist?

A. Oui

Q. Sacre Bleu!

A. If Tolstoy were alive and wanted to write for LAist, we'd be foolish to turn him away simply because of where he lived. Likewise if he wanted to write War & Peace on LAist, we'd be foolish not to nab that exclusive. Odds are most of what will go down at this URL will be about LA by locals but if something good comes our way we won't get in the way of success.

Q. All I want to do is come up with a list of 6-7 cool things that went down every day, like you guys do in Extra, Extra, is there room for me to do that?

A. Indeed!

Q. I like to write about food, but you have a Food Editor, I want to be the Food Editor!

A. OK, you found something that I have to say no to. You can write about food, but you can't be the Food Editor. Wait in line. But keep eating, and writing down what it was like.

Q. How do I get my picture and blurb on the Staff page?

A. Any current contributer who has amassed a dozen or so posts gets their picture on the staff page if they so please.

Q. Is it ok to cross-post my LAist posts on my personal blog?

A. Sure. Just give LAist a 48-hour exclusive, then post away.

Q. I'm a photographer, not a writer, can I provide photos or create photo essays of this fair city?

A. Hell yeah!

Q. I'm an illustrator and I'd like to contribute through my cartoons / illustrations / artwork, can I join your gang?

A. You better!

Q. I am Satan himself and I want to lie and spread rumors through LAist and write about how much Pearl Jam is better than Nirvana AND the Doors. Can I write for your blog?

A. It all depends if it's funny. We do have a label dedicated for "satire", which this is dangerously close to becoming.