Saturday, 14 March 2015

Scarphelia ft. Monthly Guest Bloggers in 'The Bloggers Say'


Welcoming all to join the conversation on important topics which affect us as millenials, bloggers and humans

For me, hands down the best thing about blogging is connecting with the passionate, talented and magnificent minds that make up the blogosphere.

I've had my fair quarrels and internal bickers with the idea of social media and being a blogger, often getting so ~over it~ that I contemplate quitting, but what has always pulled me through is the support and reassurance of other kind-hearted and creatively beautiful bloggers - those well-wishers who tweet their support, those who can relate and are stuck in the same situations, and those who've been there and come out the other side, to preach that it does get better.

There's genuinely nothing else like it - especially in an environment as notoriously hostile as the web.

But these people do not just have value in times of need - I'm constantly astounded by the talent and humility with which they run their online worlds, and the truth and beauty they weave into their pieces.

I started this year with 'The Cyber Sisterhood' to highlight the wonderful bloggers and writers I believe are changing the face of the blogopshere, and are going to change the world. But now I want to go one better, opening my own little space of the internet to invite and encourage intelligent debate about a range of important topics which affect us as bloggers, millenials, and humans. (Also, this is not limited to just women!)

So I'm ecstatic to announce The Bloggers Say, a monthly column, if you will, in which a topic will be raised, and 3 guest bloggers will contribute their two cents on their opinions, perspectives and stories around this idea.



Although perhaps I may have a meagre reach in comparison to other huge bloggers, I'd also love this as a way to help gain exposure for new bloggers - a mini platform for those who have a genuine, passionate and perhaps undiscovered voice.

I already have in mind the first topic and some writers I'd love to invite to participate, but my Twitter is always open to people wanting to get involved with The Bloggers Say, and if you have any ideas of things you'd like to see discussed, don't hesitate to get in touch and perhaps your topic will be chosen! (with due credit to you, of course).

To ensure a positive environment there will be some basic rules such as: No hate/unnecessary slamming of any thing, person or idea, be open-minded and accept that everyone has their own opinion whether you agree or not & debate does not mean argument or slanging match!

Also some tips for submissions: be creative and concise with your pieces, add a personal anecdote or life experience etc, try and think outside the box & truly display the essence of who you are, what you stand for and the tone of your blog in your answers, try and keep your pieces under 500 words.

Once confirmed for a guest spot, I'll ask ya to send over all your social media links etc and they will be featured at the bottom of your posts!

If this works well, I'd love to expand this into a larger cyber-conversation too. Me and some other admins over at the twitter account Thought Bloggers came up with an idea of starting a twitter blog chat from the account (but then who doesn't these days right?). We wanted this chat to be inspiring, honest, important and inclusive - free from the same old circulated things you see discussed in other chats, and not limiting to bloggers, but all other writers too. 

I shared the idea of The Bloggers Say with Tori, Lauryn, Shannon, and together we agreed it would be amazing if perhaps after each month's topic, it could be followed up that evening with a broader conversation upon that topic in a Twitter chat under the hashtag #WeWhoWrite from Thought Bloggers. The best tweets from that chat will then be featured at the bottom of the following month's post under 'Last Month's Highlights'. This is all still in the beta phase so I'd love to hear what you all think!

I'm really excited for this project and to get so many more wonderful people on board. 

For nearly a year and a half now Scarphelia has been comprised of just the somewhat self-indulgent ramblings of the inside of my mind. And now I couldn't be more excited (sorry overkill on that word ha) to throw open these doors to the wider world, to connect, share, inspire and grow together.

If you have any feedback, ideas for topics or wish to get involved in any way, don't hesitate to shoot me a quick comment below, email me at scarphelia@gmail.com or tweet me over at @scarphelia ! I'll be keep a lil log of everyone and be in touch :)



34 comments :

  1. This is such a thoughtful and brilliant idea of bringing this community together and blooming positivity. I have strong faith that it's gonna be a huge success! And I agree that a lot of the twitter chats now are all circulating the same topics and it's getting a tad too repetitive so it'll be nice to see different topics being addressed, especially more personal ones that will be much more relatable. I'd love to participate, I think it'll be such a beautiful feeling knowing i'm part of something so positive.

    Hope you have a wonderful day Katie!!
    -Nabeela xo

    http://nabsticle.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ah thank you so much for a wonderful response! I'm excited too and love the idea of bringing together an online community! would love to have you on board :) x

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  2. I am so excited for this! I would love to get involved and I think a follow up discussion on Twitter is a fabulous idea. It will be a great way to meet other bloggers and learn something new :)

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    1. Thank you Steph! I'm super excited to launch this now eeeeeeeeeek x

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  3. This sounds like such a great idea! Such positive community building and it's always interesting to hear a range of thoughts on a topic! Your excitement for this is so clear here, good luck with everything!
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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    1. Haha can you tell?! Cannot wait to get this up and running and excited to see where it goes! x

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  4. It's nice to see that it will be open to us blokes - so often us male bloggers get overlooked. It's a great idea and really kind to open up your blog to others. If you want a no nonsense opinion from a male perspective just give me a nudge, I would love to get involved. Stephen :o)

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    1. It would actually be really interesting to have an all male panel one month to discuss the female domination of the blogging industry - just a thought! x

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  5. Oh my! This is such an exciting idea! I have been out of the bloggersphere for a little while but recently have been triggering my writer skills again and I love it :) I also found that postcard when you were in NY, oh I loved receiving that haha !
    I would absolutely love to be a part of this. I still have a lot to learn in the writing department but hopefully my passion will make up for it ? :)
    Love ! X

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    1. Yes yes Leneth! I would LOVE to have you on board :) aww I'm so glad you still have that, I still remember it fondly! x

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  6. This is such a sweet idea Katie! I love how much love and unity we're seeing in the blogosphere right now and this is another brilliant example. I can see this being a huge and can't wait to see where this goes!

    I would absolutely love to be involved as a guest blogger so please count me in! :)

    Jodie / alajode.com

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  7. Such a good idea Katie! There's always a lot of things on my mind that I would love to discuss and share and your blog would be a great platform to do just that. Definitely count me in too!

    I have a showbiz & entertainment blog called Spilling The Beans :)
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

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  8. This is amazing!! I'm really happy that you're using the best bits about blogging to create something big. Sounds so exciting and I'd love to be a part of this, will send over a quick email tonight! :)
    Saadiya x
    wwwww.thatgirlsaadiya.blogspot.com

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  9. This is such a wonderful idea, its like a dream come true for me. Something like this is such a great platform especially for newbies, to be able to voice their ideas. I would absolutely love and feel honoured to be a part of this

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  10. I would love to contribute! I think this is a great idea to bring women together!
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  11. This is such a beautiful idea! So many of your posts have hit a nerve recently and I can relate to your writing so much; I had to take a step back and reevaluate what I wanted to focus my blog on and not be swept away thinking it needed to do be a certain way or that I had to write particular posts in order for it to be a 'success'.

    I'd love to get involved and share so definitely count me in. Shall send you over a little email :)

    Good luck, I'm sure it'll be a massive success, much like your writing is going to be!

    Ana x

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  12. Hi Katie!
    Fantastic idea and if you are interested I would really really love to have the opportunity to take part.

    Let me know :)

    Clouded x
    CloudedDottedMind.com

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  13. Hi Katie,
    I would really love to take part in your blogging project. I am just starting out on the blogging journey again...not just blogging for clients as part of my work but for FUN and about subjects I LOVE. It would be a privilege to take part. So if you want a kooky, lets stare into the sky and think about philosophy angle I am your girl.

    Amy

    amyebriscoe@gmail.com

    www.amybriscoe.wordpress.com

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