A Writing Experiment (and I why I need your help!)

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Update: I am closing this experiment for the time being. If you would like me to write for you feel free to email me at dan at themeaningmovement.com, but know that I am not able to take all offers. Thanks to all of you who participated!


I recently wrote about the Life Experiments concept— trying out new directions or deeper engagement with work that matters to you.

I find myself experimenting often. I just enjoy trying things for the sake of seeing how they go, where they go, and how they feel. And it’s time for me to take another step.

I’ve been writing a lot for the Meaning Movement and really enjoying it. I feel like I’m writing more material than I have places to put it. This is a good thing, but I feel frustrated that I have so much that won’t get read for a very long time. I want to help people expand and change the way they think about the intersection between work and themselves. To do this, I have to find places for my writing to be read and I need to write where others will find me.

With this in mind, I’m trying an experiment— a writing experiment: what would happen if I offered to write for you? What if I wrote a blog post or article for anyone who would like to have something by me? And, what if I asked you to help me find more places to write?

The risk here is that nothing may come of this.

I am afraid that no one will respond and that I’ll feel embarassed for trying.

Which is why I need this to be an experiment.

I want it to be fun and I want to see what happens without the pressure, fear, and weight of failure hanging over my head.

If you have a blog or know someone that does, I will write a guest post for them. Here are the criteria (inspired by the World’s Strongest Librarian)-

    Requirements:

  • A blog or online magazine of any size— from a personal blog that only your mom reads to the Huffington Post. It just needs it to be linkable.
  • A idea for me to write about — preferably something connected to work, meaning, risk, fear, creativity, etc.
  • A target word count — preferably 1,000 words or less.
  • A topic and/or blog that I would want to be associated with (no spam, nothing criminal, or otherwise offensive material).

Come one come all and join in the writing experiment.

What happens when Dan writes for anyone that would like to feature him?

Leave a comment and tell me that you’re interested. I’ll follow up with you.

This can’t work without you, so spread the word.

Thanks for being a part of this.


Updates:

Here are some posts I got to write as a result of this little experiment. Much thanks to all of you bloggers and curators who participated!
We’re All Artist with A Divine Purpose – a theological reflection (thanks Steve!)
Take a Flying Leap – on risk taking and letting go (thanks Kristen!)
The Power Of “No” (thanks Wolt and the Overflow Project!)

Dan Cumberland is on a mission to push you into the places meaning, life, & work intersect. He is the author of The Meaning Manifesto. Read more about him here, and connect with him on facebook and twitter.

There Are 16 Comments On This Post.

  1. Hey Dan, sounds like a great excitement. We’d love to have write at The Overflow Project and also could connect you with a couple of others.
    Wolt

  2. You can write for my blog! I’m thinking something that uses your expertise with vocation and calling and connects it to how parents support their kids in piano lessons. Maybe balancing supporting their musical exploration vs. forcing it? Or paying attention to your kids musical strengths and interests? I’m open to where you’d take these concepts!

    • Hey Stacia! I like this angle for my work. It’ll be fun to explore with you 😉

  3. Lindy

    Hey Dan, I’ve been doing a sweep through my brain of spaces for this that I know of or have connection to. Here is a literary magazine that some current students at SSTP are working on creating right now. Sounds like a great place to submit something. I’ll keep this in mind and pass along any other leads that come to mind. You are brave!

    Call for Submissions: Lit

    Lit, the Seattle School’s student-led literary magazine, is now accepting submissions for its second issue. All students, faculty, staff, partners/spouses, and alumni are welcome to submit their fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or art. (See Lit’s website for more details: seattleschoollit.com.)

    All submissions and questions go to the editor-in-chief at lit@theseattleschool.edu.
    The submission deadline is February 15, 2014.

  4. Hi Dan! What an exciting idea. I would love to share your experience & expertise on my blog. See the website for details. I am currently looking to expand the section entitled “What I wish I knew when I was 25.” Would this be of interest to you? Thanks and talk soon! -Landa

    • Hi Landa! This sounds like fun. I’ll be in touch via email! Thanks so much!

  5. Dan,
    That’s a great idea. If you want, I would love a guest post from you!

    A idea for me to write about : How does creativity impact our everyday spirituality? (or anything about the concept of creativity related to Christianity)
    A target word count — 500 words or less.
    A topic and/or blog that I would want to be associated with: stephenjmattson.com (my blog)

  6. Heck yes.

    Possible ideas:

    Writingfarfromhome

    Howtotravelandcreate

    Howtravelinghelpsyoucreate

    OR

    Inspire exploring with photos and a short essay.

    Let’s talk!

  7. Hi – I would love to have you write a post or ongoing posts for my site. Check it out – it’s about spinning stress into success professionally and personally – and I also help people build a solid brand strategy for authors and entrepreneurs. Let me know if you’re interested.

    Thanks!
    Kristen

    • Hi Kristen! Thanks for stopping by, and I’d love to write for you! I’ll shoot you an email soon to work out some details.

  8. Hey Dan,

    I would love to have you write for my blog!

    My blog is primarily to inspire people to live more invested & engaged lives.

    A topic off of the top of my head for you could be your perspective on being available for God to use you on a day to day basis.

    Thanks,

    Zach

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