Road, Roots and Growth

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Special thanks to Khristian Howell and Michelle Mangen for designing my beautiful button!

My brain is brimming with Blissdom takeaways. I’m all swirly with realizations.

1.) I’m afraid to make myself vulnerable to others. I’m terrified of rejection. Hours are spent worrying that I’m putting people out and/or bothering them. Yet for a time at the conference, I was able to let go of all my baggage. And it was awesome. Or at least I thought it was. If you want to see video proof, go check out Natalie’s post here.

2.) I want to grow, to return to my writer roots here. At Blissdom, I learned that one way to do that is to branch out (following my tree metaphor?), connect more and share with other bloggers. Since Piper was born I haven’t had as much time for that, but I’m going to start making the time. Blogging and writing feed my soul. You, my readers and friends, nurture me and help me reach toward the sky.

3.) I’ve had the honor of writing guest posts for several blogs, but have been reluctant to ask people to write them for me. Mostly I’m afraid you won’t want to or you’re too busy or you just plain “don’t do that.” Which is fine, but the problem is I don’t even bother to ask because I’m terrified of being put off.

Now I am asking. My roots are deepening. I’m growing. I feel like Crayon Wrangler , who wrote in her post today, “I will write dangerously.”  (and I can now because Piper is on a regular nap schedule and I’m getting my tubes tied).

And I want YOU to do that with me. Let’s write DANGEROUSLY….together!

So look at my fancy new button above (& on my sidebar); evidence that a shift is taking place here. I’m asking you to put down roots here and grow with me–let’s do this thing together and support one another. Deal?

My “guidelines”/requests:

  • Please keep your post to 500 words or less. Less is the new more.
  • Your post may be subject to basic editing, which I will clear with you.
  • The topic is up to you, but really think about yourself and your roots. I want to know why you’re blogging, how you got started, and what drives you. I don’t really care about your parakeet’s eye infection. Just sayin’. You are far more interesting than some bird.
  • This is a safe place. For me and for you.
  • I’d like to have your post in my hot little hands two days prior to an agreed-upon posting date. I’m thinking Fridays.

I reserve the right to add to this list at any time, by the way.

If you’re interested, leave me a comment or email me at: erinmargolin {at} gmail dot com. No pressure or anything.

That is all.

As you were.

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  • Elizabeth Flora Ross

    I’m interested! Email me at Thanks! :)

    • Erin Margolin


      I will email you too…but think about potential dates that would work out for you and we can go from there. How about it? THANK YOU! ;-)

  • Random Blogette

    I really love this idea. I need to get back to my writing roots. I need to start writing some more meaningful posts and not be so lame. I need to rethink what I am doing with my blog. I may even need to do a rehaul of my blog. It is about time. I am in if you will have me. 

    • Erin Margolin


      If I will have you? WTF, girl?! Of course I will. And we shall rehaul TOGETHER. Piper took me on a detour last year—when I was off to a running start after last year’s Blissdom. But this time? Nope. Not gonna happen. I’m not going to let it. I want to be real and authentic and post meaningful things. I’m not going to post just for the sake of posting. Only when I have something real to write/say/share….

      SO let me know some dates that might work for you (Fridays)…and I can pencil you in whenever!


  • Galit Breen

    Your roots? Look good on you!

    Way to go, Erin! We have a lot of the same baggage and I’m impressed by you!!

    • Erin Margolin


      Wait…YOU have baggage? No way. See, there I go again. Because you are part of the lump sum of “everyone else,” i.e. everyone other than myself who is better than I. Does that make any sort of sense?

      Thank you, sweet friend!

  • Theinquisitivemom

    I’m interested. I’ve been thinking about how I want to return to reading, enjoying, and discovering blogs. I want to be a part of a conversation again. Baby is getting older. I’m giving up my Scentsy business so I can focus on my business and freelance writing. I had business cards made up and they make me feel giddy. I’m dreaming of opening a fair trade store. It’s scary and exhilarating all at once. I haven’t volunteered because I wasn’t sure my writing is what you’re seeking, but let me know if you’re interested. ;)

    • Erin Margolin


      I am seeking YOU. All about YOU. Who you are, what you want, what you write, what you blog and dream about, etc….  It’s basically a chance for me to show you off over here. OF COURSE I AM INTERESTED!

      I am asking people to give me a few dates that would work for them (I am thinking Fridays) and we’ll go from there. How does that sound?

      Thank you!

  • Natalie@mommyofamonster

    You have a special place in my heart now, my friend! And I will guest post for you…and I hope you will share your beautiful words at my place too!

    • Erin Margolin


      Name a Friday in April and it’s yours!! I would LOVE to have you! And am so glad we got to hang out at Blissdom. Yay for twin moms plus one! ;-)

      • Natalie@mommyofamonster


        How about April 21st? Still available?


        Does Monday June 4th or the 11th work for you to share a Mommy Moment at my place? I
        have those dates open ;)

  • Angela

    You know I’m already on this :)  xo

    • Erin Margolin


      Just give me some potential dates that work for you & your schedule. I have a few others interested, so I need to get organized and put together a list w/ dates, etc.

      Thank you so much! Woohoo! ;-)

  • Misselaineous0375

    well of course I’m interested, DUH. ;)  And now I’m off to cry that I am not in that picture up there… xoxo

    p.s. so glad to hear you are getting into a routine with baby H! 

    • Erin Margolin


      You know we were missing you, too. I am sad to report I did not see Flat Elaine. However, I was late getting there and until Saturday night I did a lot of hibernating in my room…
      Let me know dates you are interested in posting so I can cobble together a semi-schedule to start! Yay and thank you!


  • Kimberly

    Sign me up sista!!!

    • Erin Margolin


      Just let me know some dates that work for you so I can start working out a schedule! ;-)
      Thank you!

  • Kir

    I would love to write and WITH and FOR You my friend.

    your smile at Blissdom was sparkling :)

    • Erin Margolin


      Would love to have you and I’m pretty wide open right now. Just let me know when you had in mind! email me!

  • Jackie

    Wonderful! I would love to share something here! Just add me to the ever growing list!

    • Erin Margolin


      Shoot me some dates! April is wide open! how about April 6th? let me know!

  • Julie

    I love this. I’m in – just don’t make it next week… mmmkay?! :) 

    • Erin Margolin


      You give me some dates that work for you as a starting point. Right now I only have a date from one person. So otherwise things remain open. First come, first serve. But I am really open right now despite the comments/interest you see here (no formal committments yet except the one)! ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I’m really interested, too! I don’t think I got a chance to meet you at Blissdom (although I will admit to cackling at your mad dancing skills in Natalie’s video), but I love the concept of what you are doing here!

    • Erin Margolin


      Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m sorry we didn’t get to formally meet. I was late getting there due to weather issues in Chicago and missing my connection, so that sucked. But anyway, let me know when you’re interested—it’ll be first come, first serve. I’m pretty open right now if you want to “claim” a date.

  • Jana A (@jana0926)

    You know I’m in. Just tell me when. :) GREAT idea!

    • Erin Margolin


      I have no words. You stunned me. You blew everyone out of the water with your post—that you wrote in record time. I’m proud to feature you and thank you so much for sharing YOUR ROOTS (both literally & figuratively) with me and my readers!


  • Jocelyn

    I would love to write for you if you’ll have me. :) I just watched Natalie’s video from Blissdom and you crack me up!! It sounds like it was a great time, and I love that you’ve come back energized and ready to rock. 

    • Erin Margolin


      This is open to anyone, I welcome you! March is pretty booked now, so we’re looking at April. Please send me some dates that work for you (Fridays) and we can go from there. Email me at erin_margolin at yahoo dot com.