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How I Became a HelloGiggles Contributor

Carina Sitkus

Life is busy this month-- I'm moving, starting a new job, editing my book, and trying to keep up with my other writing/blogging at the same time. It's powerful to write about huge life events as they're happening, but it's usually during times like these that we don't find the time to write. I'm hoping to make the time. Things always look clearer and easier when you look back on them, so it's nice to capture the reality of (and in) the moment. 

Anyway, I was recently invited to become a contributor to HelloGiggles-- if you haven't heard of the site, check it out. It was co-founded by actress Zooey Deschanel. You can learn more about how to become a contributor here

I sent them my bio and a few articles that I published on Medium (along with my stats), and they requested that I send along a few pitches. Once you get an article (what they call "From Our Readers" pieces) under your belt, you have a better shot at being invited to be a contributor. Be prepared to hustle. And pitch. A lot. Don't get discouraged-- it took a lot of rejections to get the feel for the kind of pieces they're looking for. What helped me was also asking if they needed extra capacity covering a specific topic. 

I'll post my article when it goes live (teaser: it's about inventions I wish would happen already). 

Updated 12/23/15: 

Check out some of my published pieces below:

Are you a contributor to any blogs you think the Curious Cat Project community should know about? Share in the comments. And wish me luck with the move... I need it! ;)

The curious cat is looking forward to his new digs... although he seems to like piles of mess just fine.

The curious cat is looking forward to his new digs... although he seems to like piles of mess just fine.

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The Curious Cat Project Featured in Winter Moon!

Carina Sitkus

I'm glad you can't see me because I'm blushing. 

I am incredibly honored to be featured in Winter Moon in celebration of The Curious Cat Project! 

Read the interview here

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PART TWO: Finding Time and Inspiration

Carina Sitkus


Day 2

Today is part two of my five day challenge to find time and inspiration as a writer. As a full-time “something else” who writes after work, I know that finding time and finding inspiration are almost like a game of “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” Sometimes you have the time, but you have no spark and no motivation to write. Sometimes you have a million ideas buzzing inside of your brain with no time to get them down on paper.  Other times, you have no inspiration, so it takes you longer to get any words on the page, which means you exhaust your allotted writing time without producing anything at all. In short, life is easier when you have available to you a healthy dose of both time and inspiration.

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The Internet World Holds Too Many Blogs and Not Enough Possibility

Carina Sitkus

I’ve lately become overwhelmed by the blogosphere. It’s like how you never notice something until that something enters your life in some way. Like your lawn mower breaks and then you just happen to see ads for lawn mower sales all over the place. Those sales were always happening, you just tuned them out as white noise until you actually needed a lawn mower.  I lately feel the same way about blogs. I knew they existed before I started blogging, but I never realized how many bloggers were just plugging and chugging away… and largely all writing about the same things.

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