What a year this has already been, hey? Amid the ongoing uncertainty, there’s one thing I know for sure: our voices matter. And if there were ever a time to express ourselves about matters close to our hearts, it’s now.
With that in mind, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating real beauty for the sixth year running! I couldn’t think of a more appropriate time than the week of International Women’s Day: March 6 – 11, 2017.
A bit of background, for newbies (hey, welcome!):
I first launched the fest six years ago, as a thanks to the many people who offered support after I wrote about my experience with an eating disorder. The fest has since taken on a life of its own, reaching thousands of people each year, bringing a hefty dose of inspiration, education, humor and, usually, a few tears.
The title derives from a poem written by Sam Levinson, which was significant to me during my recovery. And yes, all genders are welcome!
The categories are Original (real beauty, however you define it) and Girl Boner (the beauty of sexuality).
How to participate as a blogger:
1 – Register.
To do so, simply post a comment below, mentioning your desired category — Original or Girl Boner.
In the designated fields below comment, make sure you include your website/blog link and an email you check regularly. (If you’re signed in through WordPress, this should happen automatically.) This will help ensure that your post is included, and that you’ll receive an email reminder with the fest link about a week beforehand.
You can register as late as March 1st, but sooner is better!
2 – Write your post!
Between now and March 5th, compose a blog post related to the theme of your category. As long as it’s thematic and respectful, it will be included!
Your post must include:
- this year’s logo (the image above!)
- text inviting readers to the fest, such as:
This post is part of the Beauty of a Woman BlogFest VI! To read more entries, and potentially win a fun prize, visit the fest page on August’s McLaughlin’s site between today and 11pm PST March 11th.
For helpful hints and writing prompts, click here: BOAW2017 Rad Post Tips
3 – On March 6th, publish your post between 7 and 8am PST (or at 9am***).
Your post link and title will be copied/pasted from your site onto the fest page, in the order of sign ups.
***If you’d prefer to schedule your post to publish at 9am PST, precisely when the fest goes live, please send me the title and hyperlink in advance. (You can reply to my reminder email or PM me via Facebook.)
4 – Enjoy the fest!
The more you engage in the fest, the more fun you’ll have — and, the more likely you’ll be to win a prize! You’ll receive raffle points for contributing a post and for for commenting on all posts in either or both categories. (Specifics will appear on the fest page.)
What are the prizes, you ask???
So far, I can tell you this: they’re super special, one-of-a-kind and chock full of femme-power. Folks on my email list will get a sneak peek first! Feel free to sign up here, if you haven’t.
Ready…set….sign up! I can’t wait to share in the fest with you.