Periodically Beyond Your Blog asks members of our Facebook group to post their best work that has been featured outside of their personal blog. Guest editors select five favorites (in the areas of humor, non-humor, how-to/informational, reported stories & essays and editor’s choice) to be featured on this page and we also promote them in our newsletter and on social media. The author also gets bragging rights and our adoration!
Scroll through and enjoy some of the best writing from bloggers showcased around the web!
December 2016 (for work published July-November 2016)
PERSONAL ESSAY: My father’s dying days showed me there’s no such thing as ‘death with dignity’ from Judith Hannan of Judith Hannan Writes on (Narratively)
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: Wireless Motherhood: When Social Media is the New Village from Isa Down of The Wilder Adventure (Parent.co)
Special thanks to our guest editors:
(EDITOR’S CHOICE) Marcelle Soviero is the owner and Editor in Chief of two award-winning literary magazines — Brain, Child Magazine, The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, and Brain Teen Magazine, The Magazine for Thinking Parents. A writer as well, her essays have been published in numerous publications and radio programs including The New York Times, Salon.com, Eating Well, Creative Nonfiction and The Rumpus, and featured on The Story on National Public Radio. She is also a writing coach and writing teacher in Westport CT. Brain Teen is available for purchase here. Interested in writing for Brain, Teen? Submission information for Brain Child and Brain Teen can be found here.
(HUMOR) Magnolia Ripkin is sort of like your mouthy Aunt who drinks too much and tells you how to run your life, except funny… well mostly funny… like a cold glass of water in the face. She writes a flagrantly offensive blog at Magnolia Ripkin Advice Blog answering pressing questions about business, personal development, parenting, heck even the bedroom isn’t safe. She is the Editor in Chief at BLUNTmoms. Other places to find her: Huffington Post, The Mighty and Modern Loss. You can also check her out in two amazing compendiums of bloggers who are published in “I Just Want To Be Alone” and most recently, “Martinis and Motherhood, Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF”
(PERSONAL ESSAY) T. T. Robinson is a writer, Navy spouse and mom. She is the managing editor of Military.com‘s SpouseBuzz, a political correspondent for NextGen MilSpouse and the author of the New York Times Deployment Diary, which earned her a 2016 Voice of the Year award from BlogHer. T. T. is also the creator of Humans on the Homefront, telling the stories of our men and women in uniform and the people who love them.
(INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO) Leah Fisher Nyfeler explores all aspects of an active lifestyle in her blog Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life, investigating topics from workout motivation to midlife changes with enthusiasm and a touch of humor. A writer, editor, and speaker, Leah is the former editor in chief of Austin Fit Magazine who now enjoys freelancing; her articles appear in a variety of online and print publications (Texas Lifestyle Magazine, Midlife Boulevard, The Austinot), and she’s excited to work as an editor for Greenleaf Book Group. In January 2017, Leah will be sharing insights and facilitating discussion at #BlogathonATX, hosting a roundtable discussion: “Building the Blog of Your Dreams.” Leah lives in Austin, TX, where she relishes working out with friends, eating fabulous food, crafting a good sentence, and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.
(REPORTED STORY/ESSAY) Leigh Shulman has been writing and traveling for as long as she can remember. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Establishment, Guernica, Mashable and many other publications. She’s published 2 books and has taught at Barnard College, CUNY, Yeshiva University, the Brooklyn Academy of Music plus countless other programs. Now, she spends her time coaching women 1:1 and at amazing writing retreats because she wants to help more women feel confident with their writing, finish their masterpieces and build professional careers! Leigh runs The Writer’s Process, an online writing academy to build writing skills, find your community and learn to be paid for your writing. Registration is currently closed, but she’s opened 10 SPOTS EXCLUSIVELY FOR BEYOND YOUR BLOG group members if you would like to sign up. Learn all about it here!
Special thanks this month to guest editors Julianne Palumbo, Sarah Clayville, and Michelle Riddell. Julianne Palumbo’s poems, short stories, and essays have been published in Literary Mama, Coffee+Crumbs, MomBabble, Kindred Magazine, Poetry East, Mamalode, Manifest Station, Rust + Moth, and others. She is the author of Into Your Light (Flutter Press, 2013) and Announcing the Thaw (Finishing Line Press, 2014), poetry chapbooks about raising teenagers. Julianne was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013 for her poem “Stuffing Lockers.” Her essay will be included in the upcoming HerStories Anthology, So Glad They Told Me. She is the Founder of Mothers Always Write, an online literary magazine for mothers, publishing poetry and essays by mother writers. Julianne also provides individual editing/coaching services to writers. Connect on Facebook.
Sarah Clayville is an author, freelance editor, and Creative Writing teacher. Her work has appeared both online and in print. A Pushcart Prize nominee and poetry and nonfiction editor for Mothers Always Write, she is at work on a novel and poetry collection for young adults.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michelle Riddell began her writing career in the automotive industry, creating service manuals. She now lives with her family in rural mid-Michigan on a very bumpy dirt road, surrounded by farms. Her bylines have appeared in print and online magazines including MomSense, Hello,Darling, The Mid, Mamalode, Sammiches & Psych Meds, and The Good Men Project. She is a reviewing editor at Mothers Always Write and a rock-star substitute teacher at her daughter’s elementary school.
HUMOR: Why I Stopped Being So Nice All the Time from Rebecca Swanson (Woman’s Day)
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: 13 Questions To Ask Before Submitting To A Literary Journal from Erika Dreifus of ErikaDreifus.com (Literary Hub)
REPORTED STORY/ESSAY: What did my father mean to his black male students? Everything. from Shannon Shelton Miller of ShannonSheltonMiller.com (The Washington Post – PostEverything)
Special thanks this month to guest editor Tracy Line. Tracy has written freelance articles for magazines, newspapers and the web for nearly two decades. Be it a how-to on surviving the toddler years, the latest trends in plastic surgery, or the ins and outs of bathing a cat, she’s written about it. Her work has appeared in over 75 publications, including Babyzone.com, Atlanta Parent, Internet Café Devotions, Kit, and P31 Woman magazine. Tracy has also had a number of creative essays published in various anthologies. Her first book, Chasing God, Finding Faith from the Outside In was released in July of 2015 (Hawthorne Publishing). Tracy blogs about life, family and faith at TracyLine.com.
NON-HUMOR: Night Light from Kristin Wagner (Quail Bell Magazine) AND How A Stranger At Target Kept Me From Coming Undone from Paula Fitzgibbons of Mommy Means It! (Scary Mommy)
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: Want to Save Money on Your Kid’s College Tuition? Don’t Pay It from Megan Nye (The Penny Hoarder)
REPORTED STORY/ESSAY: Why I’m Glad My Bipolar Dad Was Institutionalized from Kelly Burch (Vice)
EDITOR’S CHOICE: 1980s Music Videos My Mother Should Have Never Let Me Watch from M.B. Sanok of Maple Brown Sugar (Scary Mommy)
Special thanks this month to guest editor Kimberly Starr. Kimberly Starr is an award winning writer, ginger, mom, and recovering chocolate addict living in Utah. Her writing has been featured on the Huffington Post, the International Blogger’s Association, and MoneySavingMom.com. Kim works as a copywriter and editor at Protean Writer, where she manages a team of writers. She is also the Director of Marketing for the International Bloggers Association. Kim is also the designer of a niche product for women on the go, moms, and moms-to-be: performance grade compression socks that are actually cute. Cute Compression Socks can help prevent tired, painful legs; swollen feet or legs; varicose veins; and more. Details, designs, and deals are available at Cute Compression Socks. You can find Kim on her blog, Protean Mom.
HUMOR: My Strange New Habits – It’s All About My Bones from Roz Warren of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor (ZestNow)
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: How our Friday night pizza night helps us connect with our growing kids from Kathryn Streeter of KathrynStreeter.com (Washington Post – On Parenting)
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Learning Life Skills With Knife Skills from
Beyond Your Blog founder Susan Maccarelli made selections for the month of March 2016. Susan is the creator of Beyond Your Blog, a resource site that focuses on helping bloggers and writers successfully submit their writing to websites and anthologies. Susan’s weekly podcast interview guests to date include editors from Washington Post, Hearst Digital’s The Mix, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Brain, Child, Chicken Soup For The Soul, and many more. A guest instructor for The HerStories Project’s “Publish Your Personal Essay Writing Bootcamp”, Susan also offers consulting services related to writing submission strategy. She authors a humor blog, Pecked To Death By Chickens, and feeds her attention-seeking behavior by having her submissions featured on such sites as The Huffington Post, In The Powder Room, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and many others. Susan has also been published as a contributor in several anthologies, including I Still Just Want to Pee Alone, and has spoken at conferences and events including BlogHer ’15, International Bloggers Association, BlogU 2016, and BAM conferences.
NON-HUMOR: I Lost My Mom at Age 6—And Her Name Was Removed From My Birth Certificate from Lacey Johnson of The Daily Doll (Woman’s Day)
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO:6 Things You May Not Know About Moms of Kids With Congenital Heart Defects from Mia Carella (The Mighty)
Special thanks this month to guest editor Norine Dworkin-McDaniel. Norine worked in newspapers and magazines for more than 25 years as a senior staff editor and full-time freelance writer. Her articles and essays have been published in a broad range of print and online publications, including Marie Claire, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Fitness, Parents, Food & Wine, Good Housekeeping, Prevention, Shape, Health, Readers Digest, Forbes FYI, Parenting.com and Dr. Oz’s Good Life, along with American Baby and More magazines where she was a contributing writer for many years. In 2013, Norine created the illustrated humor blog Science of Parenthood with Jessica Ziegler, named one of Parenting.com’s “blogs every parent should read.” Together they’ve published three books, including The Big Book of Parenting Tweets and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets. Their latest book is Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, was published by She Writes Press in November 2015. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: Hard Goodbyes: Books to Help Children Grieve the Death of a Pet from Sharon Holbrook of SharonHolbrook.com (Brightly)
Special thanks this month to guest editor Diane Owens. Diane publishes her blog – Thoughts, Tips and Tales, where posts focus on a variety of fitness activities, how to save money, cruising solo, embarrassing moments, life lessons, thrift store treasures, fun fundraising ideas, bad date stories and more. She created and manages the internal communications blog at a large, worldwide company. This woman loves to blog! She manages the blog at work 40 hours a week and serves as the newsletter editor as well. She then comes home and reads blogs and writes blog posts in her spare time. Diane is the co-author of an out-of-print book called Kids on the Go: Great Places to Take Kids in the Charleston Area, which sold 5,000 copies to local moms and visitors in the Charleston, S.C., area. After hosting her son’s wedding, Diane wrote a book called Budget Wedding Secrets: How to Have a $30,000 Wedding for Less Than $10,000. Connect with Diane on Email, Twitter, and Pinterest.
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: 7 Tips For Coping With Stressful Events When You’re Bipolar from Melanie McKinnon of Melanie Meditates (bp Magazine)
Special thanks this month to guest editor Rona Simmons. Rona Simmons Writer and Author sponsors the Virtual Village Book Festival from her Facebook page. Through this free online chat format, she invites readers and writers and anyone who loves books to interact with a different author each month. Attendees can post questions to the featured author at any time during the two day event and then sit back and enjoy the back and forth. To attend a future event or to be considered as a featured author in the future, contact: rona_simmons[at]bellsouth[dot]net. Rona has acted as ghostwriter for the biography of a prominent Atlanta businessman and written magazine articles, a collection of short stories, and two novels: The Quiet Room and Postcards from Wonderland, published by Deeds Publishing of Athens, Georgia. For her next novel, a work in progress, she’s picked a topic ripped from today’s headlines and set in the present day South. Rona also “slow blogs” about women in the creative arts at Women @ Word. Connect on: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
EDITOR’S CHOICE: It Happened To Me: David Sedaris Made Me Feel Sexy Again from Alison Cupp Relyea of alicupp (xoJane)
Special thanks this month to guest editor Jill Robbins. Jill is an award winning writer, mom and wine snob living in San Antonio. She’s a regular contributor to Babble, The Washington Post, She Knows, and other places around the internet. She has a degree in social psychology that she uses to try and make sense out of the behavior of her husband and three children but it hasn’t really helped so far. She enjoys dry humor and has a love/hate relationship with running. Jill is a published author with essays appearing in three parenting anthologies and two print magazines, including Martinis and Motherhood, Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF and Mothering Through the Darkness. She’s also the producer of the San Antonio LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Show. Jill offers editing and blog coaching services, and can find her on her blog, Ripped Jeans & Bifocals.
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: What It’s Like to Have a Matchmaker Find You a Husband When You’re 19 from Rebecca Beck of Orthodox Sunflower (Yahoo! Style)
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Getting Boudoir Photos Taken Was The Best Gift I’ve Given Myself from Scarlett Ballantyne of ScarlettBallantyne.com (Scary Mommy – Club Mid)
Special thanks this month to Guest Editors Shannon Day and Tara Wilson. Shannon and Tara are the co-editors of the hilarious book Martinis and Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?: Stories that inspire, entertain, and make you laugh ’til you pee. Shannon can be found cocktail-shaking and story-making on Shannon Day’s Martinis and Motherhood. There she ponders the meaning of life, while poking fun at her hot British hubby. Shannon is also co-founder of Tipsy Squirrel Press along with Tara Wilson. Tara writes about raising kids with autism and ADHD on her blog Don’t Lick the Deck, with a perspective of humor and imperfect mothering. Their selections were:
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: The Last Word: Dealing with grief during holiday season from Cheryl Scott of FlutteringBy (Bakersfield.com)
REPORTED STORY or ESSAY: What a selfie taught me about culture, freedom and confidence from Rudri Patel of Being Rudri (Washington Post On Parenting)
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Head Over Heels: Some Notes on Plummeting Out of Love from Dani Fleischer of Sum Of My Pieces (New York Spirit)
Special thanks this month to Guest Editor Kristin Shaw. Kristin is a freelance writer, wife, and mother based in Austin, Texas. Kristin hung up her corporate heels and frequent traveler card at the end of 2013 to work for herself, and since then, her work has been published at several national sites, including Brain, Child; Scary Mommy; In The Powder Room; The Huffington Post; BonBon Break; and The Washington Post. She is the co-producer of the Listen To Your Mother show in Austin, and the director of social media and staff writer for Airport Improvement magazine. She actively supports survivors of rape and domestic violence, and was named a BlogHer Voice of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Kristin’s personal blog is Two Cannoli, and Kristin will soon be launching a freelance site where you can check out her copy editing and content editing services for bloggers. Kristin’s selections were:
HUMOR: My Marriage Survived The KonMari Method Of Tidying from Kathryn Leehane of Foxy Wine Pocket (Club Mid on Scary Mommy)
INFORMATIONAL/HOW-TO: How To Handle Your Best Friend Moving Away Like A Grown-Up from Natalie Guenther of It’s Really 10 Months (Club Mid on Scary Mommy)
REPORTED STORY or ESSAY: The Alcohol Solution for Mothers of Autistic Children from Jackie Olson of Peace, Autism and Love (the fix)
EDITOR’S CHOICE: The Sad Stranger Who Illuminated Our Starlight Train from Angela Uherbelau (Narratively)
Special thanks this month to Guest Editor Alison Lee. Recently, Alison partnered with Megan Traub Woolsey, a fellow multiples mom, to publish an anthology by and for parents of multiples, Multiples Illuminated: An Anthology of Stories and Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets or More, coming out in Spring 2016. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is the Submissions Editor at BonBon Break! Alisons’s selections were:
HUMOR: Children Removed From Home Where Mother Eats Bonbons And Watches Daytime Soaps from Jennifer Oradat of Mom Babble (MockMom)
Special thanks this month to Guest Editor Estelle Erasmus, an award-winning journalist and former magazine editor-in-chief of five publications including Hachette’s Body by Jake, The American Breast Cancer Guide, and W.I.T Women in Touch. Estelle’s resume also includes top editor positions at American Woman and a beauty editor at Woman’s World magazine. She has been published in hundreds of publications, and writes about parenting, travel, publishing, beauty, fashion, and her transformative journey raising a young daughter in midlife on her blog Musings on Motherhood & Midlife . Estelle is co-author of Beautiful Skin : Every Woman’s Guide To Looking Her Best At Any Age (Adams Media), contributor to six anthologies, and three time BlogHer Voice of the Year. Estelle has spoken about publishing at BlogHer15, BlogU15, B.I.G., iRetreat14, ASJA and the Folio Conference. For more information about Estelle’s high-level editing and ghostwriting services, click here. Estelle’s selections were:
REPORTED STORY or ESSAY: Death on the ice: the last expedition of Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo from Ruth Dawkins of Dorky Mum (The Guardian)
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Lessons I Learned While Parenting Through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Jennifer Bly of The Deliberate Mom (xoJane)
Special thanks this month to Guest Editor Sarah Cottrell, who offers a range of writing services from editing to coaching on Housewife Plus. Based in Maine, Sarah is also a freelance writer and regular contributor to Scary Mommy, and co-author in several books including I Still Just Want To Pee Alone from the New York Times Bestselling series. Sarah’s selections were:
Stop With The Lame-Ass Gender Reveal Parties – Try These Instead! from Stephanie D. Lewis of Once Upon Your Prime (BLUNTmoms)
How I Lost My Mind And Found It Again On A Mountaintop from Alyson Herzig of The Shitastrophy (The Mid)
Special Thanks this month to Guest Editors Mary Katherine Backstrom and Jennifer Oradat of Mom Babble. Find out more about submitting your work to Mom Babble and be sure to subscribe to their site! Mary Katherine and Jennifer’s selections were:
The Day My Daughter Nearly Drowned Surrounded by Adults from Megan Woolsey of The Hip Mothership (Scary Mommy)
‘Don’t Say, “I Promise” ’; A Foster Child Joins a Family from Meghan Moravcik Walbert of Phase Three Of Life (New York Times Motherlode)
Important Facts About Colorectal Cancer You Need to Know from Elizabeth Manneh of Fabulous Families (Love Live Health)
Do I Still Miss My Mother – Lessons Learned from a Mother Who Died Too Young from Ali Wilkinson of Run. Knit. Love. (Today – Parenting)
The Most Insane List of Care Instructions Ever Left from Susanne Kerns of The Dusty Parachute (Scary Mommy)
How To Be A Good Parent Through Dedicated “Lazy Parenting” from Ashley Trexler of Lies About Parenting (A Fine Parent)
What To Do If You Think Your Teen is Drinking or Using from Kimberly Muench of My Mothers Footprints (Ten To Twenty Parenting)