My First Time: Guest Blogging

Today is an exciting day because it’s Friday and my first ever Guest Blog Post was published today! It was for a site called runningawayfromhome.org you should totally check out! If you want to read my blog on it, you can right here. I wrote about my experience running away from home aka moving to Minnesota. They contacted me because of a blog I wrote about running away from home earlier this summer that you can read here.  I’m bragging a little, but it’s because I’m real excited, but I want to also talk to you about my process of guest blogging for the first time. Here is the series of feelings I experienced from when I heard about the opportunity to today.

This is awesome! Someone cares about my writing!

       –Finally someone has noticed my genius and I am finally getting recognition for something I’ve been working on for years. It’s about time. (Yes, I’m working on my pride issues.)

What am I going to write about?

– So they want me to write about running away from home, but how can I do it in a way that no one else has ever written about running away from home?

 (One week goes by)

WHAT AM I GOING TO WRITE ABOUT? 

       – Stewart you have to write about something. Just put something down. Anything. Just start. (LINK)

 (Three more days go by)

 Who am I?

– I don’t even know who I am, how am I supposed to write about myself if I don’t know even know myself?

 Can I do this?

– I should just tell them I can’t do it. Something came up. I’m busy after all. I need to just focus on work. I spent an entire day feeling this way and watching the office and eating pizza. I didn’t leave my house except to get pizza. Honestly this happened:

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I’m running out of time.

       – I’m stressed. I don’t even think I’m a writer. It’s all lies. I feel like a fraud. I wrote a blog post about feeling like a fraud because of this guest blogging experience. Check it out here.

Okay first draft done. 

  • Well at least words are on the page now finally.

(I like to write my first drafts with pen and paper because a writer I really like does it also, so I copied them and love it now.)

RAFH-1This sucks.

– Some of the worst words I’ve probably written in my life.

 I suck.

– Enter identity wrapped up in what I do and now who I am plus bouts of self-loathing.

 Second draft done.

I literally hate writing.

 Whatever.

 Third draft done.

– Okay, I guess it’s not the worst, but why did I want to be a writer again?

Just finish it.

       – Here it is. I’m just glad it’s over.

Pray they don’t hate it. 

– I stared at my email too long to admit waiting to see what the response would be.

Brag about it.

This is my favorite part.

Remember that you have a voice that matters and is worth listening to. Keep speaking and someone will listen. 

Pray others ask you to write for them. 

– I can write words for you if you want.

Plug shamelessly. For real.

– Seriously, let me write something for you. Contact me at stewartpoindexter@gmail.com. But also, put yourself out there because you’re worth seeing.

Austin Kleon pretty much captures all the feels through this image in his book, Steal Like An Artist. If you’re a human, you should read it. Here’s the image:

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