Happy Friday, folks!
If you’ve stopped by BeyondBabyMamas.com at any point during this week, I’d like to personally thank you. If you’ve told someone about our online community, shared or retweeted a link from your social media account, or decided to like or follow us on Facebook or Twitter, triple thanks!
Word of mouth is an invaluable resource for start-up initiatives like ours, who are looking to grow their readership, participation, and support. So keep telling others about us–and if you’d like to tell us about your own initiatives, get in touch! If your objectives dovetail with ours, we’d love to cross-promote your efforts.
Most importantly, though, we’d love it if you told every single parent of color you know — mother or father — as well as every adult you know who was raised in a single-parent household, that we’re looking for writers who are willing to write and submit personal stories about their family experiences.
Community Bloggers are the heart and soul of our website. Each time a mother has been brave enough to submit her work, we’ve seen some of the best response ever in the history of our site. Comments roll in on the site, as well as our social media accounts, affirming and encouraging the writers and expressing how resonant their experiences are.
For us, one thing is certain: there’s power in storytelling. And the varied and diverse stories of single mothers of color are seldom being told in ways that don’t pathologize our life experiences. We need people from all walks of life, from experiences both positive and challenging, to write for us — and we need those who read the stories we post to share them. As one Twitter follower commented recently, “These stories are helpful for all of us. This is a real (and not wrong) part of our world.”
So, this Founder Friday post is dedicate to all you closet, aspiring and veteran writers out there with a need and a desire to share your parenting and/or life experiences. Check out our submission guidelines. Read them carefully. Pass them onto someone you know.
We really look forward to sharing your work.
In the meantime, check out the pieces we’ve posted this week:
Have a safe and loving weekend. We care. We’re here. And we applaud you.
With hope and admiration,
Stacia L. Brown, Founder