Be My Guest (Blogger) in January!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared 70 things I enjoyed or endured in 2014. I admitted that I was not quite sure how I kept the blog going so consistently during such a crazy year. But I did it, and I’m happy with the posts I put out into the blogosphere.

While #59 seemed to be the most popular item on my year in review list, I’ve got #4 on my mind right now. In fact, it’s probably going to consume me completely this month. That means that I need to concentrate my writing on pages that are not on the internet. Because, like most writers, I am writing until the very last minute of the drop deadline.

With that said, I know I have some really amazingly smart, witty, humorous readers and friends, many of whom write words on a regular basis that I read, comment on and enjoy. So I’ve decided to open the blog up for guest posters in January, and maybe in February if I get some good posts.

Want to be my guest here on anotherjennifer.com this month? Here are a few basic guidelines for guest posts. Of course, your article will need to fit with my blog. Posts on parenting, an experience that gave you a different perspective on life, how you or someone you know incorporates giving into everyday life, relationships, life after divorce, writing, creativity, being an entrepreneur, and anything related to social good and bacon are all fair game here. I’m also open to photography submissions and /or vlogs since I always post a Wordless Wednesday.

Contact me here or message me on Facebook with your idea or post so we can figure out logistics. And, no, you do not need to have your own blog to be my guest. You just need to be able to string words together in a manner that makes sense to the readers here (and will be subject to light editing by me).

Will you submit a guest post for another jennifer?

Words

As a writer, I constantly have words floating in my brain. Words pinging the inside of my head, looking for the right way to get out. Sometimes they are lost or come out in ways unexpected, good and bad. Other times they flow out in a beautiful fashion. Those are the best times. Every now and then I might regret words, but that doesn’t happen often. I’m pretty deliberate with my words, often thinking far too much about what they mean and going back to explain them if they are misunderstood.

10553356_10152531841913558_4920417115845206146_nI was at a loss for words at the AYA Summit last week. By the end of the day on Thursday, there were tears, heart palpitations, and feelings of shock, happiness and empowerment all rolled into one. The bloggers in the room looked at each other and could barely speak. How do you explain the experience of hearing the words that explained exactly how those more than 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their school as told from a brave young woman who escaped within 24 hours of the abduction? How do you share the brilliant and poignant performances of a homeless woman and poet determined to be a role model for young girls and the Hollywood actress staying true to her roots and telling African women stories through her play.

Sometimes there are no words, though I will attempt to recap my experience at the summit soon.

I’ve become more mindful of words over the years. They have so much power. Words. They can hurt you or fill your heart with love. They can comfort, make you laugh or thrust you into action. And then, of course, there are the words we are too afraid to say. I feel bad for those words, stuck in someone’s mind just itching to come out. I’ve got some of those words, but I try not to let them stay in my head for too long.

The best part about being a writer is when you find out that your own words have touched someone else. Knowing our words have meaning keeps us going. And writing more words.

I’ve experienced so many words this year that have given me much to think about, to celebrate and be thankful for. Meaningful words with meaningful people in so many different ways. They set the scene for the storylines of our lives.

And I thank you for reading my words.

Download My 2014 Editorial Calendar!

I probably write every day of my life. It’s my passion. It’s also how I make my living.

The truth is that some days I just don’t know what to write. I may not feel inspired. Or my mind just goes blank.

It happens to a lot of writers. Not knowing what to write. And I hear all the time from entrepreneurs who are trying to get messages out via newsletters or their blog that coming up with good content is just not their focus.

editorial calendar 2014

That’s why I decided to share my very first editorial calendar last year. I’ve always found that looking at each month as a whole helps me develop themes for my writing and to plan ahead for content, whether it’s for my (or a client’s) blog, a newsletter, article, etc.

My 2014 Editorial Calendar is completely updated with many new writing prompts for you to use throughout the year. From wacky holidays to awareness months, I’ll provide you with ideas and resources to use for your blog posts, newsletter articles or whatever else you might be writing. 

As an added bonus, writing relevant and timely posts will also help with better search engine optimization (SEO) for your website or blog. My posts on International Lefthanders Day and International Bacon Day always get great traffic. And World Toilet Day was a big hit this year as well!

If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter, you already got a link to access the 2014 Editorial Calendar. If you’d like to check it out, you can download it for free when you subscribe today. Don’t worry, you can easily unsubscribe at any time if you so choose. I try to keep things simple. I send the newsletter out on the first Friday of each month and include a writing tip, a simple way to give back and the best of the blog from the previous month.

Oh and if you use my 2014 Editorial Calendar for inspiration, please tweet me links to your articles. I just might share them on my blog, newsletter or over my social media channels!

Have you used an editorial calendar before?

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