Featured in the header: the beginning of a killer essay by a certain eight-year-old I loved. Unfortunately, it bogged down in the second sentence, the possibilities too unlimited.
Recently, I’ve been considering adding a temporary facet to this blog: a forum called OtherSpeak in which any reader can submit a document for potential publication on Confessions.
I would reserve the right to accept or reject submissions without explanation, although I will probably not be able to prevent myself from explaining, as is my wont. And apologizing too, most likely.
My goals for this exercise would be numerous. I am giving my time to many things these days, and though I love posting regularly, I would welcome help with it for this season. Also, I like hearing from other people about their experiences. I am interested primarily in the kind of community sharing that is enlightening, fascinating, or informative. Potential topics would be:
What It’s Like Being Single in Church Life
How to Bless a Widow
Joy in the Classroom: what I love
Why I Appreciate (or not) Mixed Friendships
A Glimpse into Infertility
Ways to Serve Jesus as an Empty Nester
The Most Fascinating Aspect of My Job
What I Want to Be: older women I admire at my church
Looking Back: what a grandma has to say to a newlywed
Someone Who Knew Shari as a Kid Finally Speaks Up
Do you know what I’m talking about? That’s why I’d call it OtherSpeak: perspectives I can’t offer.
Here are the parameters I have in mind:
- A firm limit of 500 words or less (can be as few as 200)
- Minimal to no editing
- No compensation other than the joy of seeing your work here (Sorry.) (See, the apologizing begins.)
- However, you retain all rights to your work for future sharing where you will
- Preferably published under your own name, though I would consider requests for anonymity on, shall we say, a case-by-case basis
- No more than one guest contribution per week, likely less, don’t quote me on this
I don’t want anything too heavy-hitting, but I’m up for considering most topics. What would you like to say to a group of conservative Christian women?
This post is my tentative feeler. What thoughts do you have regarding my suggestion, both as a reader and as a writer?
What would you like or dislike about the temporary change to the blog?
What would nudge you to contribute – or scare you away from it?
Would you do it?