HUGE Changes for Joyful Mothering

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It’s been on my heart and mind for a while and I finally know it’s time.

The Beginning of Joyful Mothering

You see, when I started Joyful Mothering back in 2010, I was just about to have my fifth child in eight years. I had been a pregnant or nursing mama for many months straight and it drained me during that season of my life. I was hormonal and exhausted all.the.time.

Leaving the house was a huge chore for me, so I left as little as possible unless my husband accompanied me. I struggled through some postpartum depression but I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it.

I changed diapers for 12 straight years; having 3 in diapers at once at some point. I was so busy and needed a safe outlet to be in community without actually needing to leave the house.

I had everything I ever wanted but I struggled to find joy. Thus, Joyful Mothering was birthed through that search. I needed a place to have accountability and a place to grow and release my feelings and thoughts.

As I began to come out of being a mother who birthed and breastfed babies, I began to see the sun again. It wasn’t that I was unhappy, it’s that I was hormonal. Lack of sleep and having your hormones completely out of balance can make a huge difference in one’s quality of life. I never took medications for it, though my doctor offered. I don’t believe it was so bad it warranted medication. I just struggled to function past survival mode.

Another Journey

When my youngest turned 2, we began the adoption process of our two daughters.  The stress and uncertainty involved in 18 months out of the 24 months it took to complete this process were almost just as bad as being hormonal. It was tough.

Our girls have now been home 4 months and they are adjusting very well. 

I have entered a new season of motherhood and life. I am no longer so focused on doing everything perfectly (a symptom of PPD); rather I am excited to get out in the world and teach my children about life and possibilities.

I’ve also learned that it’s OK to have more to me than being a mother. I am many things and I am not selfish for pursuing those things. I have also learned that moms can turn their children into idols unknowingly. While our children certainly require plenty of love and nurture, they also need space to grow independently when the time is right. And I cannot only look at life through the lens of motherhood alone. I have a husband and I have other parts of me in need of growth; not just who I am as a mother.

And some of this stuff I really needed to know during that season of my life.

So, what does all this have to do with the changes of Joyful Mothering?

Growing Out of, And Into

Well, I kind of feel like I’ve just grown out of this label; this brand. I don’t want to be seen as someone who has to constantly produce attributes having to do with joy, or even motherhood all the time. And I don’t like labels. Because there is more to me than both those things. And I am not a brand. I am a person. (Thank you Sophie Hudson).

So where does that leave me? Where does that leave this space?

As the new year approaches, I am going to be morphing this space into who I really am: Me.

And who am I?

I am a daughter of the most high God, so intimately He knows me by name, knows the hairs on my head, and knows the deepest parts of me.

I am wife to an amazing man, who has supported me in just being me and as a result has helped me grow into a better me; one who wants to reflect Christ.

I am mother to seven incredible children. A gift I don’t deserve and a role that I will never perfect. But everyday as I seek Him and hand their lives over to Him, He is shaping me and helping me shape them.

I am a writer. I am so much a writer that I’d rather text or email than talk on the phone. And writing is something I would like to pursue further, in more depth. I want to grow as a writer as I grow as a mother and in other areas of my life.

Joyful Mothering is getting a name change to: Christin Slade.

What the Future Holds

Because that’s who I am and there is only one of me and the only thing I need to grow into is who God molds me to be. I will no longer be narrowly focused on just learning to be a joyful mother.

So, what will I write about? The topics I write about won’t change, but their focus will. And my goal is still to serve you. I will simply serve you as fully me. Not just as a mother, but the whole of me, as a writer, a wife, and one who desperately longs for Christ.

I will continue to write about:

  • motherhood
  • homeschooling
  • homemaking
  • spiritual growth

But I will also being adding more:

  • marriage
  • writing
  • work at home mom
  • adoption

The latter list won’t fill my calendar, but they will be consistent additions.

Everything will be moved on my end, and really, you don’t have to do a thing. You won’t need to resubscribe or anything. Come January 1st, you will automatically land in my new space, ChristinSlade.com (yep, it’s already live and kicking). Right now it is solely my writing blog, but I am merging everything into one and giving it a face lift.

There is only one little thing you will need to do if you’re on Facebook, and that’s simply to “Like” the new page there. Easy peasy, you can click below.

 

I am so very excited about this new chapter and hope you will be, too. I feel like I’m stretching out my arms and waking up again.

I have other fun things to share with you that will be unfolding in the new year, but I think this is enough news for one day. ;)

Tomorrow I will be back with the Moms in the Word study on Psalm 37. I hope you’ll join me! Get your posts ready to link up. :)

How Many Followers Are Enough?

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How Many Followers Are Enough

A Little of My Story

I remember about five years ago I was hooked to a blogger who seemed to speak directly to me. I followed her for quite a while and she moved from Blogger to WordPress and her following grew.

When I first happened upon her blog, she had about 200 subscribers. As I watched her grow I tried to mimic her methods. Every time I would hit 100 subscribers more, it was exciting! I hit another milestone! But as I continued to watch her blog grow, it grew exponentially compared to mine and before I knew it she had 4000 subscribers and I was hovering around 500. I thought I would never catch up. But, catch up I did.

But by the time I hit 4000 subscribers, she was at 10,000.

So I asked myself, how many followers are enough? What is this really about anyways? A game? A race? A competition?

It really made me rethink my goals as a blogger, because if I kept up this unhealthy pace, I was never going to be satisfied. It’s not hard to get sucked into the numbers game, especially when you’re trying to build a business or write a book. Sometimes, it becomes our sole focus and we fail to see there are faces behind each of these followers. They aren’t just numbers; they are people.

Turn Your Followers Into Faces

Imagine this: take the number of subscribers you have, whether it’s 5 or 5,000 and place them into a room as people. You’re at the front as if you’re going to speak. It could be a small group, it could be a large convention, depending on where your subscriber count falls.

But look out into that room and see, there are people there who are listening to you. Let’s focus on the small group because that’s where so many bloggers are. Are the people in this group any less important than those at a large convention? They each have a story and they’ve come to your house (blog) to hear what you have to say; to see how you can pour into their lives and encourage them. They have given you permission to speak into their lives. This is HUGE friends. What a gift to be honored with!

What are we going to do with that? Are we going to look over their heads, waiting to see if more people will come through the door and as a result offer little of ourselves because we’re too distracted waiting for more people? I wonder, what do those in the room feel when we overlook them because they aren’t enough? When we focus on numbers, we miss the point. I’ve been there and chasing numbers will leave you constantly unfulfilled and dissatisfied; because it will never be enough.

Focus on your subscribers, those little Avatars or pen names, as people. Because there is someone behind that computer reading what you have to say, because for them, it matters.

 

We need to see subscribers as souls, not stats.

 

 

It’s the best thing I could have learned about blogging and the blogging community.

Stretching Me Into Hospitality

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That’s what God has been working in me. Hospitality.

This weekend I went to the Allume Conference and our theme was hospitality. Hospitality doesn’t come natural to me…I don’t often think of unique and creative (or even common) ways to serve those coming into my home. Hospitality is a non-negotiable, but I don’t think it comes naturally to everyone.

That’s not to say I don’t want to welcome people in; it’s just I often freeze with what to do next once they’re in!

Allume challenged me this year; more than any other year I’ve attended (five years now). God is stirring this community and growing it and it has been so beautiful to watch unfold.

I love the web; it is a wonderful tool in many, many ways. It brings connections together and if allowed, can blossom into something tight and not easily broken. The catch is, we have to allow it to go beyond the screen.

There is nothing like hugging the neck of someone, skin to skin, heart to heart. But words are important, too, which is why I feel like I was born to write. But as a writer, we have to stop and look up, and often.

Unfortunately, I haven’t fostered my writing much at all. I haven’t allowed it space to grow and become better. I may write, but I’m not learning how to write better.

After this weekend, I’ve been inspired with a fresh vision and am really looking forward to what 2015 will bring. Not just to my blog, but to my community, my home, my life.

With the holidays upon us, I’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice hospitality among friends, so that when the opportunity arrives to open my door to people whom I may not know very well, I can meet them with a better foundation.

I came home with a stack of fabulous books, signed up to become a Mary & Martha consultant and want to invite you into the next adventure with me.

For the next two weeks, She Reads Truth is doing a devotional series on Hospitality. I would love the Moms in the Word Community to follow along as I gather our next study. That’s where I’ll be reading and studying for the next two weeks. So be sure to head on over there to read Day 1 and follow along.

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I met the beautiful women behind She Reads Truth this weekend, and let me tell you, they are a-mazing. Beautiful women with a beautiful vision to help other women dig deep into His Word. Women after my own heart — which is to be after His own heart. ;)

Also, if you’re interested in listening to the keynote speakers from Allume, you can do so for FREE right here. My favorite was Shauna Niequist. And then Sophie Hudson.

Why You Should Be on Google Plus

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You’re probably wondering why you would even want to become acquainted with Google+. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you yourself are a blogger and are interested in learning more about how to expand your reach. We know that social media is a way to connect with community but sometimes I think we go about it all wrong. Or think that all social media is created equal and functions as such.

3 Reasons You Should Be on G+

Why Google+?

While bringing people back to our blogs is certainly a perk of social media, that is not their main function. Many people don’t understand the point of Google+ or are turned off by it simply because not very many people are there. I assure you, it is growing.

Today, I want to share with you 3 reasons you want to be a part of Google+.

Investing in G+ now puts you ahead of the game.

The very fact that everyone is not on Google+ yet is the same reason you should be there. People will come and you want to be ahead of them by having a presence established and having a basic understanding of how Google+ works.

The goal behind Google+ is similar to that of other social media avenues; to build community. But there are other perks that go with Google+ that other social media doesn’t offer.

Google Authorship

What is Google Authorship and why you should care about it? 

Authorship offers you authority over your content. It tells those searching you are an established and credible writer and it allows you to break through all the other noise. It puts your content above those without Authorship establishment within searches.

If you are serious about wanting to get your content and your brand out there, this is something you cannot ignore. But don’t be intimidated, I will help walk you through what I know, step-by-step, week by week, and share other informational articles with you from Google+ gurus such as Jimmie Lanley.

Meet Fellow Bloggers/Writers

Right now, many of those who utilize Google+ are people like you, who are working at expanding their reach and growing their brand. They’re your colleagues. This is an excellent place to learn from others, ask questions, and be better at what you do: blog/write/run a small business.

You may or may not find your audience there. For example, if you are a blogger who’s audience is moms who mainly read blogs, but don’t blog, you are not likely to find them on Google+…yet.

Just Remember…

Not every social media platform is designed to function the same way with the same goals in mind. Google+ is a vital avenue for connecting, but it may not be with your own audience. Furthermore, connection on Google+ is only part of the story. The main reason I would encourage you to be on Google+ is to authenticate you as a blogger/writer. This is where Google is looking for you – not on Yahoo! search or Bing or SwagBucks. Google is the most used search engine, therefore that’s where your credibility will count the most.

In subsequent posts, I will share how to set up your profile, Authorship, and tips to begin engaging.

For now, I encourage you to go to Google+ and just browse it. Familiarize yourself with how to navigate the platform and play with the search bar. You can search hash tags, people, communities and more.

If you have a gmail account, you are already linked to Google+, you just need to fill out your profile information. But don’t wait to begin mingling and listening in on conversations!

Follow my Social Media Tips board on Pinterest for more great resources. 

Allume Changed Me

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It was Saturday evening at the Allume Conference when I began this post. So many wonderful things were spoken over the weekend. This conference is not merely all the how-to’s on blogging. It goes beyond that. It steps into real life living and challenges me do the hard work of mothering (in not so many words) and reminds me that I’m not “just a mom”. What I do matters and I have influence. My influence matters first for my children. Then I extend out wherever God desires for me to reach.

Blogging how-to’s mean nothing if we don’t know how to give ourselves and our writing, our art, to God first.

Bianca Olthoff talked about having dry bones.  That’s where I was before right Allume. I was so drained and had nothing left, I felt like dry bones. I felt like I could not feel. Not drained from preparing for Allume, drained from fighting through our adoption process and feeling like I would never measure up as a mom. The stress levels have been high and felt not only by me, but by my children. And I didn’t want to go home unchanged. I didn’t want to go home the same person I went there as. I wanted to go home knowing that God has called me to fight for my girls in Africa, but also to fight for my children here, in my home.

I felt like I was so tightly shut up, with all these protective layers around me that I could not be broken open. I was all cried out and nothing inspiring would make my feet move. It’s strange, it wasn’t that I didn’t feel vulnerable. It’s just that, I knew all the head knowledge, but didn’t put feet to what I knew. I was inspired but the inspiration was no longer enough to make me move. I’ve grown immune to it. It no longer spurs me to action.

Now that I am home, I have a greater sense of peace and a new beginning aches to be unleashed. So many people pulled me aside and prayed for me and our adoption. I would have spontaneous bouts of crying, like when I pulled out the picture of our girls to show Ann Voskamp. I just broke down in tears, and Nasreen (a dear friend and production manager of Allume), slid over, wrapped her arm around me and prayed for me. Ann reached across the table and put her hand on mine and prayed for me further.

Many others came alongside me and prayed: Traci, Cynthia, Erika, and some I don’t even know by name (and I sincerely apologize for that. I am SO bad with names, but want to be better!)

The message of Allume was awesome. It was empowering, encouraging, and equipping. But without prayer, it would have gone nowhere for me. The Holy Spirit needed to be unleashed on my heart in ways I could not understand, and the prayers of these women helped to break that bond around my heart. God brought me a peace that I have not had in weeks.

I also learned through Jennie Allen’s keynote that my sense of control was holding me bondage. I didn’t quite realize how much control I have tried so hard to hold onto. That control is keeping me from being free and I need to let it go in order to have that freedom–and then help set other women free.

Allume is community in the best sense of the word. It’s not a conference, it’s a reunion. Working on the back end for months and months (12 to be exact) and watching the work of our hands come to fruition is nothing less than beautiful. God doesn’t ask us to be adequate, just available. We showed up, and He did the rest.

I hope you’ll join us next year.

I Have Not Forgotten & Why I’ve Been Busy

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I have not forgotten the Biblical Motherhood series, promise! I have lots to write about and am looking forward to continuing the series.

Consider this post a Coffee Break. It’s just a little behind the scenes look at what’s been going on around here and where I’ve been.

Mingling at Allume

Something you may (or may not) know about me is that I work as a Sponsor Administrator for the Allume conference as well as manage the Allume blog. Well, the conference is this weekend and the weeks leading up to any conference are extremely busy as we tend to the (1000) remaining details.

I have the incredible privilege of working with an awesome team of people who all share a vision. From there I work with some a-mazing organizations who partner with us to make this happen. These aren’t just any organizations — they are organizations who get and support the heart of Allume and we fully support what they do. So we form a partnership.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much work is involved in pulling something like this together. It is very exhausting yet rewarding work and I am so honored to be a part of it all.

So I have been behind the scenes answering emails, creating detailed spreadsheets, having team meetings, managing the Allume blog, working with sponsors, etc., and it has forced me to set aside any writing until it’s over. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for both and part of why I blog is the heart behind this conference.

I have had the opportunity to be a part of this conference since it began back in 2010. And every year my involvement evolves as the conference evolves. The privilege of being a part of this, both as an attendee, and as a team member are equally rewarding. As an attendee I was poured into in the most awesome ways. After a couple years, I wanted to pour out onto others and God answered my hearts cry and through the means of only His hand did I come aboard as a member of the Allume team. Sarah Mae simply asked me as we had built a relationship over the past couple of years prior to her first asking. (Does that make sense?!)

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Seriously feel like a giddy little kid here ha!

So, if my blog is a bit quiet this week and a bit into next week, you’ll know why. But I’ll be tweeting lots of conference goodness from the @Allume twitter account. Not just about blogging, but about work in Africa and Asia, about publishing, and authors such as Emily P. Freeman, Ann Voskamp, and Tsh Oxenreider,

There will be sessions on branding and balancing mothering with blogging and lots of other goodness to tweet and Facebook about!

And guess what? Allume will be in Greenville, SC next year, too, so if you think this is something you’d be interested in, follow us on Twitter with the #allume (hashtag) and on Facebook this coming weekend to see what it’s all about. This conference sells out every year. Knowing in advance also allows you the opportunity to plan and save in advance.

I’ll be doing some Instagramming (which will also post to my personal Facebook page and Twitter account) so you can see it in action.

Keep an eye on the Allume blog for some goodies after the conference, too!

I cannot say enough good things about this conference. It’s about more than blogging — it’s about living and being the light Christ has called us to.

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Understanding How Twitter Works

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There are so many people frustrated with Twitter because they aren’t sure how it works and what they are supposed to be doing on it. I totally get this. It can be confusing because the majority of what see is constant self-promotion. That is not the purpose of Twitter.

Understanding Twitter

While it’s very natural and easy for some to jump in and feel right at home with Twitter, other’s struggle to understand it’s purpose. I hope to enlighten you today and later offer you some simple “Get Started” tips.

Twitter is an ongoing conversation

–or at least it should be. Unfortunately, many have strayed from that and made it all about promoting. Promoting product, posts, people. We’ve forgotten to be present, instead, putting everything on a schedule. So when I go to reply to a tweet, no one is there to answer.

Twitter is a place to connect with people…

…not advertise them to death. If you are looking to expand sales or gain new clients, the best way to do this is to connect with them and offer free advice. Sort of a sampling of the bigger picture of what you’re offering. But don’t bombard people’s streams with ads or never  be there to respond/engage with potential customers.

Tweets have a lifespan of about 60 seconds.

After that, they are pushed down by more tweets. So it’s important to remain engaged consistently. Not constantly. But consistently. When you sit down to converse on Twitter, plan on sitting longer then sending a mere promo tweet out. Rather, interact with those who ask questions, or ask questions yourself. Share useful information. Spend 15 minutes or 30 minutes there. Tweet only when you’re available to respond. 

Jump into the conversation and offer valuable input. 

Simply tweet information that would be useful to your followers. What do you blog about? Tweet about that. Don’t always include a link. Any time a link is included, it’s considered a promotion. Promotions aren’t bad, unless they fill up your stream. Engagement should far outweigh tweets with links that pull the tweeter away from Twitter.

Twitter has been called “micro blogging” before, but I find it more like a large chat room, filled with lots of people. Your job is to mingle with people and get to know them. Help meet a need. People need to know they matter. Show your followers they matter by engaging with them.

If you are just starting out on Twitter (or have had a dormant account), be patient. It takes time. But do find people to follow to make it easier to join in the conversation.

In the next post I will share some of the tools you need to get the most out of Twitter. It makes following people easier and more visible.

 What questions do you have about Twitter that I have not addressed here?

To follow conversations with me on writing as a mother, use hashtag #momswrite

How to Get the Most Out of Facebook

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When I talk about Facebook, I am talking out your Facebook page, not profile. A page is something you can create outside your profile that people can “like”. But you must have a profile to create a page.

Many people have expressed how unhappy they are with Facebook and I totally understand the frustration. It seems to me Facebook has a barrier one needs to get through in order to break into their reach.

Currently, I run two Facebook pages: Joyful Mothering and Christin Slade. The Christin Slade page is much newer and it’s reach is harder to break through.

On Joyful Mothering, I went through this same barrier until one day I busted through the barrier and my reach and “likes” have flooded ever since. What did I do?

I changed the way I post, strategically place my posts, and have been super consistent about posting.

If you are struggling to break through that barrier, consider these steps and don’t give up until you get through:

Change the way you post

Don’t just throw anything up to have something up. Be very intentional about what you post and consider posts that get the most attention. Do not over promote–not just yourself but anything. ENGAGE with your community. These include:

  • Photos – you want to use clear, eye catching photos, especially with text, that will grab your readers attention. You can utilize PicMonkey for free to add overlays and text to your photos. Here is an example:The Gospel Isn't Life Management
  • Links with photos – rather then posting a link and allowing Facebook to grab an, often non-relevant, photo from the site, delete the preview box and upload the best looking photo from that particular post to include with the link. (This means you’ll need to save it to your computer). Also, include a quote or personal blurb about the post you are sharing (whether it’s yours or someone else’s)
  • Post relevant questions – when you post a question relevant to your community, you offer an opportunity for engagement. This engagement reaches out to more walls as more people comment. It may be slow going at first if your page has not made much headway. But be patient! And keep at it!

Strategically place your posts

Know your peak times for posting. This might take a bit of trial and error, but watching your page insights will give you a clue into when your posts get the most reach. Post at those times. There is a general idea of what times are best, but it really does vary based on your own audience.

My audience is mostly stay at home moms and I find my best reached posts are between 9-10am EST, 12pm EST, before 4pm and sometimes even around 8pm EST. Monday thru Friday.

So, that’s when I stick to posting, and links get the best attention between 9am and 2pm EST so that’s when I post links.

On the weekend I will often share some Instagram photos through my Facebook page and people really like that because it offers them a peek into my real life. So those do get attention on the weekends.

Be consistent

I cannot stress this enough. Along with following the above two strategies, you must be consistent about posting–what you post and when you post. This is what is going to break that barrier into furthering your reach. It could take months to do this, so you must be patient.

Consider this, though–Facebook is more than just for driving traffic back to your blog. It is my number 2 traffic driver (used to be my first until Pinterest came along), but it’s more than that.

Facebook is about connecting with people outside your blog. This helps draw them into your blog. Sometimes this can take time, but once you get past that barrier, it’s almost effortless.

The goal is to focus on engagement first. Not trying to make conversions. Because when you engage, the conversion automatically follows (in most cases).

So, these are the three things that are a must on Facebook. It is super important that what you share on Facebook has value to it. Because if it doesn’t, people stop paying attention. They will either “unlike” the page or simply hide it. Hiding the page from their feed stifles your reach. You do not want this! Do not share people’s work just to share it.

Share people’s work because it’s worth sharing.

 

Facebook, Growth, and Reach

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I know it can seem like a hard pill to swallow, but Facebook is among the most influential networks for business and ministry. If you want to reach people, you have to go where people are. And millions of people are on Facebook, looking for engagement. As a business or ministry, this is a hot place to connect with people outside your blog. In turn, it will bring people back to your blog.

Networking and engagement are vital components of a successful business and ministry. It’s essential for growth, not just in numbers, but in depth. And the more you connect, the more you’ll grow and the faster you’ll grow because your reach will continue to extend beyond your own page.

So, the big question is,

How do I make the most of Facebook? How do I get people to interact with my posts?

First, you’re going to want to do a few things to maximize your presence on Facebook. You want to link your blog and Facebook page together and make the most of your timeline cover.

  1. In your about box, be sure to add a link to your blog so people can easily click it and go straight there
  2. Create a timeline cover that represents YOU. You can go to PicMonkey and do it for free. They have a Facebook timeline creator within their tools. Be sure to follow all the guidelines for timeline covers.
  3. Put a social media icon or Facebook “Like” box on your blog so people can easily follow you there. I personally prefer the “Like” box so I can like a page without having to leave the blog or open a new tab.

Once you have these things in place, you’re in a better position to gain those likes.

If you are thinking about deleting your Facebook page, please don’t! You can utilize Facebook adequately in less time per day then you may think. It takes time to gain your first 1000 likes, so don’t give up! But once you hit that magic number, things begin to take off faster as you remain consistent.

Stay tuned to learn how to maximize your posts on Facebook.

If you really despise Facebook and cannot handle being on it at all, I beg you to hang with me through the next post and see if you might change your mind. While we obviously cannot be excellent in ALL social media, I still believe Facebook is a vital source to utilize, even if it’s less time than the other social media avenues.

Many are at odds with Facebook because they cannot get it to work for them. I want to help you get it to work for YOU. Hang with me!

In the mean time, tell me your biggest frustration with Facebook right now.

Guest Posting 101

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Guest Posting 101

Why Guest Post?

Before getting into the “how’s” of guest posting, it’s important to understand what the purpose of guest posting is.

There are several reasons to guest post, but this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list.

Expand Your Horizons

This allows you to write in a different niche then you normally would, should you choose to do so. It also challenges you to move outside your own scope of community.

Extend Your Reach

Reach more people by writing outside your own readership. There are a lot of people still out there who simply doesn’t know your blog exists. This is your chance to enlighten them!

Expose Your Writing

Get your writing in front of more people. Especially is you’re hoping to publish in the future, you want your writing to travel.

How to Guest Post

Many people get stuck with not knowing how to guest post. It’s really quite simple.

Email a potential blogger that you’d be interested in guest posting for. It doesn’t matter how “big” you think they are. You might be surprised at how many actually welcome guest posts.

When you email the blogger, offer them a few suggestions of what you would like to write about. Always offer up fresh, new content. Do not copy an old post and email it over. If you’re interested in sharing an idea you have previously written on, reinvent the content and freshen it up. Perhaps you could write it from a different angle or perspective.

Always offer up your best writing. This is the one chance you have to offer a first impression to a whole new audience of readers. Make it count.

Guest Posting Etiquette

There are a few “unspoken” rules on guest posting you’ll want to know.

If the blogger you’re guest posting for sends you guest posting guidelines, be sure to follow them. If they don’t offer any, ask. Ask if there is a word count they’d like you to adhere to.

Study the blogger’s blog a little bit and the formatting of their posts. You’ll want yours to look similar so it fits in with her blog style. That doesn’t mean to make your writing style match. I’m speaking strictly in terms of formatting here.

Never use affiliate links in a guest post without first asking if it is okay. This is very bad etiquette that you do not want to fall into.

Be mindful of the blogger’s audience. If a blog is read by mainly stay at home moms, you don’t want to write a piece about working moms, just as an example. You want to be sure your content fits the readership or people will lose interest.

Where to Guest Post

Here are a few places that accept guest posts to get you started:

Allume – the Allume blog is an extension of the Allume Conference. “Our goal at Allume is to minister to the woman, the blogger, the story teller. We want to love well, encourage, and spur women on to shine the Light that lives within them.” You can email Christin (yep, that’s me) at christin @ allume dot com and request a copy of the guest posting guidelines.

I’m An Organizing Junkie – Laura loves to share people’s success stories with organizing. You can find her guidelines for other guest posting ideas here.

Joyful Mothering – This is my mothering blog where I accept guest posts on motherhood as well as marriage, homeschooling, devotions, discipleship, etc. You can find my guidelines here.

The Frugal Girls – This is a site about frugality, obviously. :) But they don’t only accept guest posts on frugality, but also DIY project tutorials, party ideas, wedding tips and more. You can find their guidelines here.

Money Saving Mom – Similar to The Frugal Girls, Crystal loves to share others’ stories on how they’ve saved money. There are various ways to do this. Guest posting guidelines are here.

(in)courage – (in)courage is home for the hearts of women. It’s a great place to share your testimony or what God is doing in your life and how others can learn from it or be encouraged by it. They are very flexible with their terms, but you can read more on their submission policy here.

MOB Society – Are you a boy mom? Maybe you’d like to write about your experience at the Moms of Boys Society? There is really no shortage of things to write about when you’re a boy mom (or a girl mom, for that matter!) Submission policy can be found here.

Do you know of other blogs that take guest posts? Share them in the comments!

 

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