International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is soon to be upon us readers. In the previous two years, IWD has been a big thing for Any Other Woman. In 2011, we collaborated with some amazing US bloggers and ran a series called In Her Own Words . For IWD 2012, we re-launched as Any Other Woman, with our shiny new blog, AND invited some brilliant women to write about Choices. The writing, and the community coming together in both years was truly awing for Anna, Aisling and I, and made us all feel inordinately proud to belong to such an a amazing group of women.
This year we’d like IWD to be just as big for the AOW community. You lot have been unbelievably supportive of us, and this little corner of the internet, and we love the community feeling we’ve built here. YOU are what makes this place such a special place to be. That’s why, this year, we’re throwing the doors open. We’ll be posting all day, with submissions from YOU.
On What Being a Woman Means to You.
That’s something that every one can do, no? We’re asking each and every one of you who’d like to be involved to submit something. We’ve relaxed the rules a lot too….rather than a written piece, perhaps you photographers would like to submit a picture that defines what being a woman means to you? Or those of you who work in graphic design, or who are a dab hand in photoshop, would like to submit a graphic of some sort? Of course, we still want plenty of written posts too, we just wanted to let you know that there are other ways of contributing, if you’re not ready or able to write a full post.
This is all about celebrating and bringing together our wonderful little community, on a day when women around the world are coming together and being celebrated. What that means is, if you’ve been sitting back, enjoying reading, but waiting for the moment to get involved in AOW, now is your time. This is the time when you can submit something, and be part of something really special.
So all of you, serial submitters, lurkers, occasional commenters, one-time posters – leave a comment below to let us know you’ll be participating, and we’ll email you with all of the info like deadlines etc. Anna will no doubt already have a spreasheet set-up, ready for the onslaught.
Submissions in general
As I mentioned above, you lot are wonderful. Bloody wonderful. And also entirely predictable. We do a shout out for submissions, and we get a whole load of emails from you all saying things like ‘I’ve been thinking abut submitting this for ages, but wasn’t sure if it would be right for AOW’, or ‘This has been sitting on my computer for months and I’ve just finished it to send now, I’m not sure if you’ll be interested in it…’, and Anna, Aisling and I get ridiculously excited because they are all so flipping great. And for a few marvellous weeks, the submissions roll in.
And then it’s like you all start doubting yourselves again. You start thinking that we wouldn’t like what you’ve written, or wouldn’t be interested. That your Any Other Photo isn’t exciting enough. You start telling yourselves what you’ve got to say isn’t interesting enough, or what you’ve written isn’t good enough. Which is all a load of rubbish, because we (absolutely honestly) have yet to see a submission that we wouldn’t want to post on AOW.
All of you have something important to say.
So stop dithering, stop doubting yourselves, and send us those submissions. Even if you’re reticent to have your name put to the submission for personal reasons, you can submit them as an anonymous ‘Behind Closed Doors‘ piece. With Aisling about to head off on maternity leave, you are at high risk of getting an excess of tree-house pictures from Anna and notes on toddler tantrums from me. This is not something that you want to happen. Believe me.
So send us your posts, yes?
The Great AOW Book Swap of 2013
Anna dutifully created a Spreadsheet of Glory, where emails were added and requests noted.
Hundreds of questionnaires were sent out, and were returned to us over the course of a week.
We oohed and ahhed over all of the responses, and desperately wanted to change our own answers after reading each new response (ok, that was just me – but you all came up with Such Good Books).
Many hours were spent matching up senders with receivers (during which I nearly lost my mind. Fortunately Anna and Aisling were there, via whatsapp, to talk me down off the precipice).
Each beautifully filled out questionnaire was individually sent out to the chosen recipient.
All that remains now is for you to send out the book that you think your recipient will adore, enjoy, love, be enthralled by, or even be challenged by. (Yes, we know that some of you have already done this. We are envious of your efficiency.)
So there you have it – if you took part in AOW Book Swap 2013, you should now have received your email telling you who you need to send to, and your questionnaire will have been forwarded on to some other lovely reader, and a book will be winging its way to you soon. The deadline for getting your books to the recipient is 28th Feb, so if you’ve not received your book by then, let us know.
AOW Hen Do Extraordinaire
Just a final reminder that Every Single One of you is invited to the extravaganza that is going to be the AOW Hen Do. You don’t have to be a bride, or of any other relationship status to come along, you just need to be a reader. I’m not going to be there (sob), but I happen to know that everyone who is going is as ridiculously welcoming as they profess to be. We truly want all of you to feel welcome and involved, so if you’ve not already, head over to this post and leave a comment.
Right, I think that’s it. In summary; we love you, get involved in IWD on AOW (by leaving a comment below – DON’T FORGET TO DO THIS BECAUSE IT’S HOW WE’LL KNOW WHO’S INVOLVED, OK?), submit your brilliant posts to us, send your book swap books out, and come to the AOW Hen do because we love you.
Yep, I think that’s it.