Passing the Mic: Announcing a New Quarterly Guest Creator Opportunity, VOICE IT!

(More information about how to contribute to or follow this journey can be found here: https://northxnc.com/voice-it/.)

Friends,

For those of you who’ve been following along with this little venture, you’ll know that I’m juggling a few different goals for the months (years?) ahead. One is keeping this blog up-to-date, one is increasing engagement on the blog and in general, and another is creating more opportunities to highlight voices besides my own.

On the surface, these goals may seem like they are competing. But here’s the thing: they don’t have to be. What if, instead, they worked with each other rather than against each other? (And what if we did the same?).

I know a fair number of y’all don’t have major platforms through which to air your opinions and stories, to make your voices really heard, to feel that what you have to say is meaningful or “counts” — at least, not in a way that’s recognized by the major, professional outlets provided to us.

I also know a fair number of y’all do have considered stories and opinions worth hearing. And I’d love to provide one small corner of the universe where you can make your voices heard.

In a world where content drives everything, I’d love to provide one space where that content can reach at least one more set of eyes than your own.

While this humble offering is currently all I have to give — with proper bios, “at’s,” and attributions, of course — I hope for someone out there, it’s enough (at least for now). Who knows? Maybe over time, “enough” will turn into “more.” But we won’t know until we try.

With that said, I am honored to introduce “VOICE IT!”

This is an idea I’ve been dreaming about for several years (more here), and today I’m proud to say I’ve stepped forward in courage to just do it. It is my sincerest hope that this will inspire more folks to step forward, too — if not here, then certainly somewhere else. For now, please remember:

There is power in the story you have inside you.

Too many people let their stories go untold.

Don’t let your story be one of them.

xoxo,

Ryan

North by North Carolinian

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One thought on “Passing the Mic: Announcing a New Quarterly Guest Creator Opportunity, VOICE IT!

  1. A few notes & updates, in case they’re what you need in order to get writing:

    (1) I recognize that some folks may have the ability and desire to write under their real names and non-burner social accounts. Amazing! I want to give y’all ALL the credit I can, because at this point in time I can’t offer any form of financial compensation (I’m not paid, either!). This new project is about me sharing my privilege and passing the mic to the best of my current ability.

    (2) Still want the mic passed but can’t afford (literally or metaphorically) to attribute what you’ve got to say to yourself? Consider using a pen name when we go live! Or there’s always the infamous “Anonymous” if that’s more your style. Don’t get me wrong, my hope is that more folks would be (and feel) safe enough to share their stories. BUT… I *am not* and *will never be* here to enforce an idea of transparency that might endanger you in any way, shape, or form.

    Whichever option you choose, decide upon it thoughtfully. Even if that means you wait a little longer. I’ve been there, too. ❤

    I can't wait to hear what you've got to say!

    xo
    Ryan

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