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Who Runs Living Joys?

We all do! ''It belongs to us all'', even though I manage it. Your opinion and stories are valid and important enough to change our world one person at a time.

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Submission Guidelines

Living Joys, is a place for community, where people come together to share what they’ve been through and what they’ve learned.

Anyone, of any age, from any location can submit an original post (not previously published anywhere else), with a bio, for inclusion on the blog.

This is not an elite space, reserved for experts, thought leaders, or professional bloggers. This is a Site is for real people who are willing to share themselves honestly and vulnerably.

The most popular posts on Living Joys all have the following things in common:

  • They are very personal.

  • They dig beneath the surface.

  • They’re practical and actionable, when applicable.

 

Writing Guidelines

  • Aim for a word count between 1,000 and 2,500 words.

  • Share a specific story from your life, with intimate detail. Don’t tell us you went through a tough time; show us. What happened? Who was there? What do you think caused this to happen? How did you feel when it happened? And after it? It’s important to share your lessons and insights, but the post will be far more powerful if you also share how you came to learn them.

  • Offer insights and practical tips to help readers overcome similar challenges. It doesn’t need to be a numbered list, but the story needs to build to a clear message/lesson for readers, something that might evoke an “A ha” moment for them.

  • Avoid referencing your blog, coaching practice, book, or speaking career in the body of the post. You may work in the personal development or mental health fields, but your post should be more about your shared humanity.

  • Provide original, personal, and honest work. Original means your post has never before been published anywhere, including your own blog, and does not include any sections taken from a previously published post.

  • Keep paragraphs to three sentences or fewer. Include a bio, sixty words or fewer, at the bottom of the post. You can include as many links as you’d like.

  • Reserve self-promotion to your bio (as opposed to marketing a business, course, workshop, or service directly in the post). Please note that links in the body of the post may be removed.

 

How to Submit

You no longer need to submit a pitch before sending your post. Instead:

  • Send your post in plain text, not HTML, in Microsoft Word to joytonbara@gmail.com, with the title in the subject line. Please only send one submission per email.

  • Upload a photo of yourself at gravatar.com (if you’d like a photo to show next to your bio). Also, please include in your email the email address you linked to your gravatar account.

  • Please only submit posts that you have written—not a post from a staff writer at your website or a client that has hired you for PR.

If your post feels like a good fit for our Website, you will receive a response within two weeks from us.

If you don’t receive a response, please try again with a different post.

You may be asked to revise your post to make it stronger or clearer, and your proposed title may be changed before the post goes live.

Your post may be edited for clarity, grammar, and overall style.

If there are any major changes made, you will be asked to review and approve it first.

Thank you, for the light you share, and for being part of the Living Joys community!

Anyone, of any age, from any location can submit an original post (not previously published anywhere else), with a bio, for inclusion on the blog.

This is not an elite space, reserved for experts, thought leaders, or professional bloggers. This is a Site is for real people who are willing to share themselves honestly and vulnerably.