About the Envato blog
Our guide for readers and for contributing writers.
Millions of people around the world choose our marketplace, studio and courses to buy files, hire freelancers, or learn the skills needed to build websites, videos, apps, graphics and more.
We’re a values-based organization focused on community, entrepreneurship, diversity, and integrity. Envato is growing fast, with over 7 million community members in 2016, and we were named one of Australia’s coolest companies for women and coolest companies in tech in 2015.
We’ve got a lot going on at Envato, so here’s the bullet-point overview version of our main products and marketplaces:
Envato Market is a collection of marketplaces for creative digital assets. This includes:
- ThemeForest (website templates and WordPress themes)
- CodeCanyon (Code, Plugins, and mobile)
- VideoHive (motion graphics)
- AudioJungle (stock music and audio)
- GraphicRiver (graphics, vectors, and illustrations)
- PhotoDune (photography)
- 3DOcean (3D models and materials)
Did you know: in 2015, Themeforest was in the top 100 most visited websites globally in 2015 — higher than Netflix and Dropbox!
Envato Studio is a place to connect with freelancers for custom creative and technical services, such as logo design, content writing, app production, and more.
Envato Tuts+ is the learning hub for the Envato community, with over 21,000 free how-to tutorials.
Envato Sites is a website builder for creating websites without any coding or design knowledge.
Envato Elements is a subscription-based marketplace for design products — one monthly membership provides unlimited access to the library of graphics, fonts, templates, and more.
About the Envato Blog
A new publication about design & creativity
The aim of the Envato.com blog is to publish engaging, insightful content about design and the creative community.
Envato is a place where millions of creatives around the world create and learn. With this new Envato.com blog platform, our goal is to take advantage of our unique position within the industry to publish, create, and curate ideas that move the design community forward.
Here are our goals for the Envato blog:
- Learn from thought leaders in the creative community
- Push the boundaries of current design trends
- Share resources, tips, and best practices in design
- Embrace diversity and innovation in technology
- Better understand UX and web development
- Build a more accessible, user-friendly web
Have your own ideas about design and creativity to share? Here’s our guide for new writers:
Contributing to the Envato Blog: A Guide for New Writers
Thanks for your interest in becoming a contributing writer for the Envato blog! Our contributors are designers, writers, developers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders from around the world.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to our process for new writers:
Step 1: Learn more about Envato
Envato is a creative ecosystem of sites and services for digital assets and creative people. Read through this post to learn about our websites, our values, and the purpose of the Envato blog.
Step 2: Develop your article idea
What do you want to write about? The Envato blog covers a diverse range of topics on everything design, web development, creativity, technology, and freelancing/entrepreneurship.
Generally, our articles fall into these categories:
- Inspirational/idea-driven: First-person narrative stories about an experience, a subject, or an industry concept. These should be personal, conversational, and thought-provoking.
- Informational: A dive into a specific topic, with the intent to provide resources for the creative community
- List-style: An article broken down into list form. Keep in mind that lists are not reserved solely for product round-up style articles; consider using this structure for alternate topics, as well (for example, “8 Lessons I Learned as a Freelancer”).
- Case studies or inside-design processes: a deeper dive into a project or process related to design.
- Interviews: Q&A or magazine-style interviews with industry leaders.
A standard article is usually about 1000–2000 words in length, but there’s no set requirement. Posts should be concise, engaging, conversational, and detailed. If you have an idea for a series of posts, or something that falls outside of these categories, feel free to pitch it to us.
Once you’re ready, send specific ideas for your article — either in outline form, or as possible article titles — to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include your name, a bit of information about yourself, and links to any published writing.
Step 3: Content brief & first draft deadline
If we think your article idea is a good fit for publication on the Envato blog, we’ll send you a content brief and a first draft date.
Step 4: Editing
Our editorial team will work with you to develop your article idea and make your writing shine. Share the first draft of your article with our editor via Google Drive by the predetermined draft deadline. With this, be sure to include:
- Any photos you’d like to include in the article (please only use photos you have the appropriate permissions to use!)
- A clear, professional photo for your author bio
- A few sentences about you for your bio, written in third person. Feel free to link to your Twitter account, website, or other areas, but keep it at 1–2 links total. In general, please include your name, job title, and a few interests (personal or professional).
Step 5: Publication
After the editing process, we’ll publish your article on our blog (hooray!). From there, we’ll shout it from the rooftops (via social media and our communication channels, where relevant). We encourage you to share your post on your own social networks — tag us in the post, so we know where to find you!