It takes a lot to write your thoughts down in public. It takes even more to man up and submit your writing to another blog, group or magazine.
I felt comfortable enough with Mynx at Dribble... to ask her about posting my first guest blog about Australia, which she obliged and it turned out very well. I have submitted a few stories to a zine that is still in the works. And last night, I submitted an article for the Studio Thirty Plus magazine.
I did so for a few reasons. One, I like the community. I have been contacted by a few members and I like their style. Second, they do a great job of pimping out their guest bloggers on Facebook and the web page itself. They have a segment called “The Weekend Spotlight” where you send them your favorite post and they include it on their list as a backlink, so all the web traffic goes straight to your blog.
I wrote a story that I had hoped would be on the website. The stipulation is it has to be an original piece. I submitted it last night and when I woke up it was published in the magazine! Another writer was also published this morning, so woo hoo for both of us!
I’ll totally admit that all day I’ve been checking the page to see if anyone commented on it (they did), and also if it had been posted on the S30P Facebook fan page. Nothing. That’s okay, maybe they will post tonight? I stay away from my computer until 6pm, and when I check the FB page it shows that Studio Thirty Plus had advertised the featured post. Woo! It says, “Have you stopped in to read Today's Featured Post yet? If not, now is the time! It's by our lovely (other member that posted at the same time as me)”
Now I’m full of self-doubt. What if the moderators publish everything that gets submitted, and mine just plain sucked ass? I really considered the article to be relevant to what the website was about, which is why I posted it there and not here. I’m trying to just think it was an oversight, but honestly, I’m sad. I wanted to be proud and tell my friends, “hey look! I’ve been featured on a website!” That may sound stupid or something not to really worry about, but right now, writing is all I’ve got.
Maybe in the future I will send others my work, but not for a long while. I would be too afraid of people not liking it or thinking it as stupid (yes, that is how I am in a nutshell-I care too much about what others think).
And the article is here if you choose to read it. I’ll post my answers about the “Four Truths and a Lie” thing tomorrow.