Happy New Year—”Begin” with Us!

Submitted by OKWB Community Manager, Mari Farthing

Happy New Year to all of you from the Oklahoma Women Bloggers!

kathryn trattnerI want to introduce our BOM for January, Kathryn Trattner. A reader, writer and busy mom, Kathryn lives and writes in OKC supported by three cats, two kids and one husband. I’m super excited to learn more about her this month.

Please join us in 2015 for a wonderful year of gathering, growing and connecting! We’ve had so many new members join us and we know there are questions for posting. We thought now would be a good time to share a little guide on the different types of posts we are always looking for here on the Oklahoma Women Bloggers website.

Monthly Themes

Each month we celebrate a different theme on our site.  These themes are consistent across each state website in the Women Bloggers network. The talented and creative Julie Kohl from ARWB has created the list of themes for 2015:

  • January – Begin
  • February – Adore
  • March – Luck
  • April – Renew
  • May – Generosity
  • June – Journey
  • July – Shine
  • August – Sizzle
  • September – Prepare
  • October – Risk
  • November – Abundance
  • December – Magic

You might notice that our themes for 2015 are very broad—on purpose! We want to see how each of our bloggers interprets the theme and imbues it with their own style and personality. The monthly theme is the comment thread through all of the posts that we will feature on the OKWB website for that month, which brings us to…

Post Types

At this point in time, there are three different types of posts that we specifically seek contributions for:

  • Featured Guest Post: These posts can really be any style in any format. Anything from personal narrative, to how-to, to top  5 lists, and so on. It’s whatever you want to write about and share on our site. It could be a post that you would normally post on your own blog, or it could be a complete departure from what you write about (or how you write) on your site.
  • Wordless Wednesday: These posts are usually pictures only, sometimes with a few words or a sentence of explanation. The post can be a single image, or a series of images, that fit into the theme of the month as you’ve interpreted it.  This is a great category for photography bloggers to show off their work, but it’s also completely wide open to anyone else who would like to contribute. Occasionally, we’ll ask for you to submit photos that fit a theme or idea that’s relevant to the time. All that we ask is that you have copyright on whatever you submit.
  • Foodie Friday: Think recipes, restaurant reviews or food related stories of all kinds. You could also send in a food-themed photo essay, all the great food you tried on your last weekend getaway or the great food you grow in your garden. Maybe you have tips for saving money when you shop for food, or how to organize your kitchen… as you can see, there are no hard and fast rules here. Fridays are also where we feature other alliterative ideas, such as Fashion, Frugal and Fitness.

If you have an idea that falls outside of one of these categories, we are still happy to hear about it! Every post on this site includes the writer’s bio and a link to their blog. You can get the rest of the nitty gritty details on how to submit a post to OKWB on our Guest Post Guidelines page.

And, finally, a few words about our favorite way to make new bloggy friends…

The Sunday Potluck

The Sunday Potluck is a great way to share a post from your own blog with fellow OKWBers. The potluck goes up every Sunday, and we want all of our members to link up every week! We want a direct link to your favorite post from that week—AND we want you to visit a couple of the other posts that are linked up there and leave some comment love (or share love). It’s easy and fun!

IMG_0384Along with being the Community Manager of the Oklahoma Women Bloggers, Mari is a menopausal mom of two tweens (pray for her) who enjoys cooking, knitting and running. She blogs about her life’s misadventures at MariFarthing.com.

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