A year has passed since Jen and I set up the Small is Beautiful revolution in the hopes of supporting small, passionate bloggers while they find their writing voice. Like the proverbial snowball rolling downhill, the list of people taking the pledge and adding the button swiftly grew to first dozens, then, to a hundred, and then more than I could track. New people join every day, and the blog roll which was once something I could update in ten minutes is now so large Iâ€™ve had to complete give it up! Itâ€™s amazing to know that so many storytellers are out there, trying to identify the meaningful in their lives and in the lives of others.
As BlogHer 08 in San Francisco rapidly approaches, it dawns on me how much I wanted to be there and a how I longed to serve as a sort of emotive chaplain, helping people embrace their call to write. But now I live in Denmark (Denmark!) and BlogHer is but a far away wish.
Still, many MANY of you will be there, sharing your ideas and your laughter with others who are bringing womenâ€™s voices to the forefront of the new journalism â€“ blogging in all its wonderful pell-mell forms. I hope you will find each other, gather at round tables, and share the passions you have for writing down that which is wonderful.
Small is Beautiful is under severe disrepair right now. The html is broken; we canâ€™t find a way to do an automated opt-in blog roll with categorization; we need those same folks to be able to opt-in to an email list–and I really donâ€™t know what to do about any of it. I am, as they say, ‘in over my head.’
I still believe that small is powerful, and that a network of small bloggers can support one another in ways that no big name recognition can provide. So I appeal to you, our tiny community, for help and advice. If you have solutions, or willingness to do some cleanup work in the SIB garden, drop a note in the comments or email me or Jen. (Contact into here.)
In meantime, remember: Your story is important. May you sing it from the rooftops.
Yours in tininess,