I know I’m not the only bearded lady who has something to say about the subject of hirsutism. There are as many different ways to deal with it as there are women who have it, so after four years of listening to only me, I’d like to officially invite others to share their thoughts.
You don't have to have your own blog or online presence, and you don't have to reveal your identity. An interchange of expressions about excess body hair is a beautiful thing, and I'm hoping we won't have to dig through forum upon forum to find it. I'd love to have a little of that right here, and that's why I need you.
Guidelines for Submission
Please stay on topic. This blog is about living with hirsutism. You can be angry, funny, educational, but don't forget why we're here. Personally, I deviate as far as body hair removal in general and certain women’s problems, but let’s not get too far off track!
About prompts: they are only suggestions to help get you started. I will keep them up for a month as a springboard for guest blogger posts, but if you have something else you want to talk about, I’ll be thrilled! And if, down the road, you find you do want to talk about the subject I used in the prompt, you can submit your writing then. Even if it’s been covered, your angle is unique. Don’t be afraid to share! (UPDATE: I ceased doing prompts after a year. Now it's up to you to find what moves you to speak out!)
You can submit as many times as you want! You don’t have to worry about compiling all your thoughts about hirsutism into a great big essay. You can pick a particular topic, challenge, success, treatment, or experience to focus on, and submit again later when you have something else you want to talk about.
Please proof read your submission. Typos happen, and goodness knows I've made my share! But attention to technical detail both shows and commands respect. I‘d rather spend my time working on new posts and replying to all your wonderful comments, rather than correcting spelling and grammar in guest blog entries at the risk of altering your personal style. In the same vein, don’t feel you have to be a narrative genius to submit something! I am looking for open and honest expressions above all else.
There are no length restrictions. My posts can be fairly long sometimes, but you don’t have to do what I do! Of course, if you have a lot to say, I won’t drop a word count cap on you. I may split your submission up into several posts, but I’ll ask you first.
Please avoid offensive language. I know hirsutism can bring out a lot of passion and anger, but I’d like to keep this blog relatively safe for all ages (as safe as a blog that discusses women’s problems can be!)
I reserve the right to refuse to post any submission. I don’t anticipate having to do so, but for the same reason I approve all comments before they appear, I wish to keep destructive thoughts far from here. My blog is a place not only for encouragement but also showing the ups and downs of living with hirsutism, however I will ignore crude and hateful messages and owe such people no explanations as to why their words have no place here.
Be sure to include your name or preferred alias, and if you wish to have the entry linked to your own site, don’t forget to add that as well!
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org