Readers, readers, readers…
Thank you for all your brilliant comments on my Life of Pie post. It made me happy to realise I’m not alone, and since then, well, life slowed down. Slightly. And now I’m living it, rather than other other way around. And you know what happens when I’m back in the saddle?
The blog gets some intensive one-on-one time with me. Call it bootcamp. Spreadsheets get made. Fifty emails get replied to at once. Posts get drafted. People get chased. AOW has to do fifty press ups whilst I stand over it, shouting. I’m back on it, folks. Think of Any Other Woman as a camel, and I’m in Egypt, spurring it on over rocky terrain.
It’s time to take stock.
The AOW A-Z of Getting Married
You may remember this as the idea we had (that’s us AND you lot) that generated more comments than we thought this blog had the capacity to handle (163. And counting). It’s our upcoming sane, wise, reality-check A-Z Guide To Getting Married in a world saturated with ridiculous ideas of what a wedding should be, and how a bride should feel.
There are two things you need to know:
1. There is still a chance for you to get involved if you haven’t already. There’s still lots of topics we haven’t matched, and potentially some we haven’t even thought of. Drop me an email and we can discuss!
2. You don’t have to be married to contribute. What you have to say about issues like racial differences, being a bridesmaid and age difference is just as important as anyone who is married.
If you have a business and you’d like to get involved with sponsoring any part of the series, or if you’re a photographer and would like to donate any images for the series, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
We are beyond excited and thrilled to bits about this project – it’s going to be the first collaboration of its kind. We want you on board. Please, please, if you’re undecided, email us…we will do everything we can to make it easier for you. The bigger this crazy runaway train project is, the better.
We can ALWAYS do with more Jobs For The Girls, Hidden Gems, Any Other Photo, Ask Anna and Ant, or any of our other series. And we always, always welcome your stories, thoughts and experiences. Please, please, send us your posts. It’s what makes Any Other Woman what it is. We are so honoured and humbled and excited to run your posts, and we learn every day from your experiences and wisdom.
Or how about I put a little pressure on. Listen up, readers. If you don’t send us submissions, you are destined to a life of me drivelling about my house and Clare drivelling about Emmi (just call us one-trick-ponies).
And a special call-out. I would love to write some scathing political rants sometimes due to what I read in the media. I often can’t, because it conflicts with my job as a civil servant. But if you feel angry at anything, anything at all, we’d love to run your post.
This blog exists for its readers. We always always welcome your feedback and we’re lucky that we have readers that aren’t backward in coming forward. We always listen and value what you say. There have been a number of changes since we re-launched in March, and if there’s anything that is happening on the blog about which you aren’t happy, or if you have any suggestions for change, or if you think we don’t have the balance right, please please tell us. We’ll treat what you write in complete confidence and consider everything you say. Good, bad, for-the-love-of-God-Anna-stop-talking-about-your-treehouse, the whole shebang.
Happy birthday, AOW
Because we are neglectful blogparents, we failed to notice that the blog turned two on 2 July. AOW sat in the corner crying, because all her schoolfriends had party poppers and presents and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, and last year she got peach-frosting cake and was buried under a pile of collapsing brownies, and this year we FORGOT. (In my defence, I was in work til 10pm rocking back and forth and staring at my computer screen thinking I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS, and making blog birthday cake was far from my mind. Must Do Better.).
It’s been a hell of a second year. We learnt a lot. We’re still learning. I know I speak for us all when I say we wouldn’t be anywhere else. We continue to hear from and meet some of the most inspiring women out there. And sometimes, we get to have tea and cake with them. All because of this blog.
Happy belated birthday, AOW.