Editor’s note: Renae of RichMomBusiness.com wanted to guest post reaaaaalllllly badly and created the best video submission ever to prove just how much she wants to join the gang! How could I possibly crush her OMHG dreams by saying no? Be sure to cheer her on in the comments for being brave and going all out, plus bring your geeky or non-geeky self to our #OMHG chat today…all are welcome, all the time! xoxo Jess
I’m sure everyone here would agree that more people read Oh My Handmade than comment or participate in the fabulous weekly Twitter Chats.
I confess that one of them was me.
I was a wallflower wanting to participate but afraid to be laughed at or scorned because of my eccentricities.
Blogs like Oh My Handmade are so delicious and elegant that Jackie Kennedy herself would probably be a regular community member.
I myself craved participation but knew that my nature is geeky and clumsy. I would never fit in so I better be quiet so as not to be kicked off completely.
I wanted more than anything to fit into Oh My Handmade and to also submit a guest post.
Then it happened.
Like many of you, I saw Tiffany Clarke Harrison’s post titled “How to stand up to mean girls (the ‘self’’ edition).”
It was the first time that I felt someone had reached inside my psyche and wrote the words directly from my head and heart.
Could it be possible that Oh My Handmade readers and contributors are made up of geeks like me?
After reading the posts and comments continually I realized that the Oh My Handmade community isn’t made up of geeks, but instead, accepting of geeks and everyone with eccentricities. That’s such a rarity, especially for a high profile online community where faces aren’t seen.
Eventually, I requested to guest post myself worried that my geek-i-ness would show through.
Jessika immediately put me on the waiting list but I also knew there were dozens of other people on that list. I thought I was buried. My dreams of guest writing on Oh My Handmade would never come to pass.
I posted my dream on Twitter one night in total despair. Yes, I wanted to guest post THAT bad.
Jessika happened to read my tweet and, after some back and forth, said I could have one shot at a guest post the following month. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I got an answer directly from Oprah. My husband was sleeping at the time and I jumped on the bed to wake him without any remorse. I had to tell him the news.
Then came those little voices that Harrison’s post warns about. “Who do you think you are?” “Jessika will never let a geek like you post something so geeky on her beautiful Jacki Kennedy blog.”
I shoved the thoughts back and went to work anyway determined to make the best guest vlog I’ve ever made … and to not care if it was geeky or rejected.
Once again, my eccentricities were accepted and above you can see my video dedicated just to the OMHG community.
I hope that a few more of you geeks come out of the cracks to participate. You definitely aren’t the only ones here anymore.
To enter Renae’s OMHG giveaway:
Subscribe on RichMomBusiness.com for free then come back to Oh My Handmade and post your most embarrassing moment here in the comments (we promise we are laughing with you, not at you!). Winner will be chosen by random.org on January 12th.
With kids in tow, Renae has created dozens of successful businesses for herself and others. The demand for her help eventually became so great that she could no longer help everyone she loved –and she loves everyone. Thus, Renae started a vlog where she can help others start and expand their businesses en masse. Watch her videos on http://RichMomBusiness.com