I’ve always liked the idea of a guest post series – but I had no idea how much I’d love it by the end of our time together. Because did you see what I just did? I just pulled an ol’ football move, becoming the greatest of spectators myself. I called this site ours.
A good guest post series moves the focus from me to us. It enlarges the scope with which we view ourselves and the world, and it teaches us that though we be strong alone, we be mighty as a community, as a group solidified around one thought.
In 2014, I took Victor Hugo’s phrase, “Nothing is small, in fact…” (Les Miserables), and you transformed those five words into story and heart and action. You invited us into your worlds through truth and vulnerability; you made us laugh and feel, and you risked the critique (and encouragement, I’d add) from Perfect Strangers.
And I sure am glad you took the risk.
So thank you. Thank you to all forty-nine of you writers who took the plunge and invited us into your not-so-little moment. In case you missed it, you can check out all of the 2014 Guest Post Tuesday links here, or you can review the top five reads (based on the number of hits) below:
1. In “The Last Day I Walked Away,” we read about the last time Lesley Miller walked away from poverty and homelessness – and what fun to have her writing featured on Rachel Held Evan’s Sunday Superlatives!
2. In “Not Dead Yet,” Mindy Haidle reminded us that a debilitating diagnosis can mean we’re freer than we’ve ever been before.
3. Do you remember the story Cathy Meredith told us about the one minute, eight second voicemail that changed her life? (Evan is quite the momentous “little” thing!)
And, once again, starting next Tuesday we’ll begin a whole new year of Guest Post Tuesdays. You’ll hear from a bunch of new voices this year, along with several of the writers who captured your hearts in 2014. If you’re interested in participating, contact me before the queue closes – otherwise, I look forward to seeing how this continues to knit our be, mama. be community together!
So, what was it, WHO was it for you that captured your heart? What writer spoke your language and made you fist pump a Yes-Yes-Yes in the air? Share with us today!