How participating in #BlogLikeCrazy landed me my first magazine spread

  • Posted on: 1 November 2016
  • By: jessica

The first time you see your work in print is the most incredible, astounding, prideful, gleeful, exciting... Ok, let me start at the beginning.

Last year I participated in the See Jane Write challenge Blog Like Crazy. Every November women all accross the country commit to blog every single day of the month. Last year when I decided to participate I experienced many emotions throughout the challenge.

  • Joy: yay I'm going to rock this!
  • Anger: late at night, no blog ideas... why did I decide to do this?
  • Fear: what if I write every day, and no one takes the time to read it?
  • Pride: wow, I'm really doing it. I'm writing new content every day! 
  • Sense of Accomplishment: I really did it. I wrote every single day in the month of November. I do rock!

I learned so much about my writing style during last year's challenge. I love creating recipes, I love taking photos, but I already knew that. The new thing I learned is that I am passionate about local culture. I realized that getting out and meeting people in my city was near and dear to my heart and should also be an element in my writing. I began to go to restaurants, farmers markets and any event pertaining to food. I met so many amazing people and learned the heart behind many of Birmingham's eateries. Through this process I met the editor of several local papers and magazines. He saw my work over the last year and asked if I would be interested in sharing some recipes in November's issue of Lakeside Living Magazine. I was thrilled! I still am! 

I hope those of you considering participating in this See Jane Write challenge will be encouraged by my story. I never thought that I would grow so much during this process. I had no idea I would land this magazine gig. I am so glad that I took the plunge and overcame my fear and self doubt. I cannot wait to see what amazing things happen this year! 



So happy for you!

Congratulations! Very well deserved

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