Small is Beautiful: One Year Later

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 I’ve had to complete give it up! It’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 women’s voices to the forefront of the new journalism – 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 can’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 don’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,


Tess June 28, 2008 at 3:24 am

Congratulations on the first SIB year, and it isn’t without irony that the bigness of the smallness is causing problems!
I don’t have the technical knowledge to do an automated opt-in blogroll, but would be happy to do some manual tidy-up if you tell me what to do.
Thanks to you and Jen for this fabulous idea!

cheryl July 5, 2008 at 1:43 am

dear rachelle, i have idea about html or anything website-ish… but i sense the grief about blogher and just wondered whether you might be going over to the UK for greenbelt… i’m heading over from australia [it’s an annual trek at the moment]. would love to see you if you are…


cheryl July 5, 2008 at 1:44 am

‘i have no idea about html’, that should read… one glass of wine and it all goes to dirt, as they say.

Rachelle July 11, 2008 at 4:59 am

cheryl and tess,

tak for the comments and the support. i’m trying to find the time and wherewithall to learn about mr. linky and redricted people over there. we shall see, we shall see.

won’t be at greenbelt — too much mud! :-) i hope you have a wonderful time there tho’ c!

Jan August 8, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Hi, I tried to join Small is Beautiful and even though I was entering a verification code, it kept saying I wasn’t. Would love to join your list if perhaps you can help me!

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