The second annual Singles Week blog crawl starts today. The brainchild of our friends at Single Women Rule, a blog crawl is an online version of a pub crawl or museum crawl, only without the booze or the art. What you do get, though, are seven days of writings by seven different singles bloggers. Each day, one blog hosts a guest post from another blogger. We all crawl along from one site to the next, continuing our conversation and celebration all week.
Last year, too many of the posts were dating-oriented for Living Single readers, but this year promises to be different. As the first line of the 2010 press release proclaims, "Enjoying life as a single or unmarried person is much more than navigating the dating world."
You can see the full line-up of host blogs and guest writers here. I know for sure that at least four of the bloggers will post on topics other than romantic relationships and dating.
1. Nicky Grist, Executive Director of the Alternatives to Marriage Project, has already posted at Single Women Rule. Her entry is called "A week in my life as an advocate for unmarried and single Americans."
2. On Tuesday September 21, our friend Rachel Buddeberg will guest post on my All Things Single blog.
3. On Wednesday September 22, our friends Christina and Lisa from Onely will guest post here at Living Single.
4. On Saturday September 25, I'll close out singles week with a guest post at the blog at the Alternatives to Marriage Project.
I also plan to post every day on each of my blogs during the week of September 19-25, more formally known as National Unmarried and Single Americans Week.
My blogging life intersected with Singles Week for the first time in 2008. The post I wrote to mark the occasion was It's National Singles Week: Here's 14 Reasons Why We Need It. In 2009, I started Singles Week with the quiz, Know Your Single People. My first post this year (earlier today) was Should Marriage Be a Ticket to Privilege? Several Dozen Skeptics Weigh In.
In one of my posts this week, I may include an updated listing of singles blogs and websites that are not primarily about dating. If you know of any that are not already listed on this page (including your own), please let me know.
Nicky Grist's post on "a week in my life as an advocate for unmarried and single Americans" made me wonder whether the "week in the life" theme might be a good one for my All Things Single blog. I could host guest posts from different kinds of singles (not just Americans) in different kinds of settings. For example: a week in the life of a single man in a matrimaniacal workplace; an older woman who has always been single and lives in a co-housing community; a single parent in a suburb; a young GLBT single with a mostly coupled personal community. The possibilities are endless. You could talk about what you love about your life, as well as what you find most challenging and exasperating. If you like this idea, feel free to send me nominations, including self-nominations. The only exception to welcoming everyone is the one you would expect: No week in the life of the awesome dating machine.
Many thanks to Keysha Whitaker and Terry Hernon MacDonald for all their work in organizing the crawl and Happy Singles Week to all!