Thursday, September 15, 2011

Call for Submissions: I Love ME! Carnival

I try very hard to cultivate and maintain a positive self image, including a positive body image. But it can be hard not to slip into old habits of negative self-talk, especially when lots of other women do it, too. I know we've all experienced a group conversation when one person says something negative about herself, and it turns into a discussion about the things we dislike about ourselves. Sometimes it devolves even further into a mini competition. (Oh yeah? Well my body is SO much worse than yours because....)

It's extremely easy to get caught up in self-deprecating speech and negative thoughts, particularly when it's so prevalent. That's why I had the idea to host this blog carnival: why not have a day where instead of comparing all our flaws, we all celebrate the awesome things about ourselves and each other?!

Introducing: I Love ME! The lift yourself up, just for being you carnival.


What's a blog carnival, anyway?


A carnival is an opportunity for writers to come together to write about a specific theme on the same day. On carnival day, you get to read everyone else's take on the theme, and they read yours! I'm a big fan of participating in blog carnivals. They're a great way to meet new people, read incredible content, and even promote your blog a little bit all in one day. It's my hope that through the I Love Me! carnival, we can all boost ourselves (and each other) up a little bit.

What do I write about?


You can write about anything that the theme inspires in you! There's only one rule: it has to be positive. No negative self-talk or put-downs allowed! If you're feeling at all stuck, here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning:
  • Choose a body part or personality trait that you're sometimes critical of yourself about, and challenge yourself to write about all the things you love and appreciate about that part of yourself.
  • Tell us how you model love of self for your children, or how you've seen this modeling pay off in their lives.
  • Take us through a ritual or practice you have that helps you treat yourself with love and respect.
  • Compose a poem or love letter to yourself, telling you why you're so incredible and worthy of love!
  • Share photographs of things you love about yourself (these could be physical characteristics, qualities you possess, or skills you have—think big!).
  • Think about the hold-ups you have about loving yourself unconditionally, and tell us what steps you're taking to overcome those obstacles.
I encourage you take these suggestions and be creative. Be introspective. Be bold! Above all, please be unashamed. You're invited to brag on yourself a little because you're just that great! ;)

How does it work?

  • All you have to do is thoughtfully create an original post on the I Love ME! topic. Then fill out the webform at the bottom of this post (or you can fill it out here) and email me a copy of your article. (I may suggest edits and I reserve the right to gently turn away any submissions that blatantly break the "no put-downs" rule.)
  • Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 21st at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
  • Before carnival day, I'll send an email to all participants with some html to copy and paste into the top and bottom of your post. I'll also send out a list with everyone's blog homepages, Facebook fan pages, and Twitter names (if you share them with me in the form), so we can start to get to know each other a little better.
  • Carnival day will be Friday, October 28th. On that day, you'll publish your article and read and comment on posts from the other carnival participants. It's that easy!
If you don't have a blog but you're interested in writing for the I Love ME! carnival, email me at anktangle@gmail.com and I'll help fit you with a blog that will be happy to host your guest post. (Please let me know if you need a host blog well in advance of the submission deadline, so you have time to write and I have time to find a host for you!)

Whether or not you plan to participate in the carnival please feel free to grab the carnival button and put it in your blog sidebar. It's a great way to tell everyone that you're proud to say it: I Love ME!

I Love ME! Carnival hosted by Amy at Anktangle
Many thanks to Shandi-lee for the beautiful photograph.

I can't wait to see you all on carnival day!


8 comments:

  1. Sounds like an incredible blog carnival. I'm in!

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  2. Looks like a fun carnival to participate in. I'm assuming that I can write about anything? I thought of a topic already and it's about a characteristic of mine, not about body-image.

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  3. @Becky: Absolutely! The carnival is not at all limited to topics of body image. Anything that celebrates YOU is welcome and encouraged! =)

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  4. I love this idea! I'll post a link to this post on my blog's FB page to encourage my readers to participate too!

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  5. Great idea. I'll plan to participate and I'll add a link on fb, too :)

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  6. Love this idea! I'm in! Need to boost up my morale a bit since I'm still struggling with my tandem nursing now.

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  7. I'm so glad you're all going to be a part of this!

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