Hello Missouri Women Bloggers! I am very excited to be the February Blogger of the Month (even if I am late to the game). I am looking forward to exploring this month’s theme of “Using Our Voices to Change the World” with all of you, and hopefully getting to know my home state bloggers better. First, I wanted to share a little bit about myself and why I love the Women Bloggers network.
I grew up in various locations around the state of Missouri, living at different times in the towns of Forsyth, Hollister, Bourbon, Steelville, Branson, Columbia, Springfield, and now Ozark. My family also lived in Little Rock, Arkansas from 2008-2012, so we have been enjoying reacquainting ourselves with Southwest Missouri. I have two children, Carina who is in 2nd grade and Callen who is in Kindergarten. The kids, as well as my husband, Craig, make occasional appearances on my blog, Instead of the Dishes.
I intentionally gave my blog a name that provided the flexibility to be able to write about almost anything. It started out as a writing outlet for me as I stayed home with my two kids. Over the years I’ve honed it down a bit, and I primarily write about tips and tricks related to motherhood, travel, health, and environment. Still a wide range, but I have fun.
While I lived in Little Rock, I had the privilege of helping to form the original Women Bloggers network – Arkansas Women Bloggers. That state network has been in place for about four years now and I have loved watching it grow and strengthen. I am so excited that the network has now spread into Missouri and I am looking forward to watching our state grow too – Congrats to all of you for getting in on the amazingness early, and huge high-fives to Mistie at My Heart’s in Dixie for taking on this big project!
Even if it didn’t fit this month’s theme, I would still be taking this opportunity to encourage each of you to utilize the Missouri Women Bloggers network to help you use your voice to change the world. I have seen amazing things come out of the Women Bloggers network, ranging from paid blogging opportunities to full time jobs in social media, from new business contacts to forever friendships, from getting women started in this big, big world of blogging to extending the reach and impact of established writers. I do not have the word count available to describe all the ways that I have personally benefitted from being part of the Women Bloggers network.
So, if you want to change the world, whether it be in miniscule or monumental ways, here are my suggestions on how to use the Missouri Women Bloggers network to start toward your goals.
- Write a guest post. Guest posts are a great way to get your writing, and your message, in front of new audiences, thus increasing your chances of touching lives and/or enacting change. It’s also a great way to earn more link love. Plus, February might be a short month, but I still can’t fill up the Missouri Women Bloggers website with content all on my own. Please help! Check out the Guest Post Guidelines and start writing.
- Reach out and lift up other Missouri Bloggers. Visit the Blogger Directory Section of the website and visit a few blogs in each region. Leave a comment on each of those blogs, and be sure to let them know you’re coming over from MOWB. It’s also a great idea to comment on the guest posts that appear here on the MOWB site as well. Trading blog comments is how I originally became friends with The Park Wife, who founded the Women Bloggers network.
- Invite your bloggy friends to join Missouri Women Bloggers. There truly is power in numbers. The bigger we grow, the more we will be able to do with our network. Send off a little email or invite them to like the MOWB Facebook page, and you could change your friends’ worlds!
- Plan to attend the Arkansas Women Bloggers University. This conference will be enjoying its fourth year of success as it convenes in September. Whether you are a conference newbie or a seasoned veteran, this unique event is an excellent opportunity to learn and network with our sistah bloggers in Arkansas. I’ll be there, and you can bet there will be Oklahoma and Kansas Women Bloggers there too! The exact date and location have not been released yet, so stay tuned for the big announcement.
Til the next post, Cheers! ~Fawn