Feminism Up is a monthly newsletter I compile that aims to share the voices of anyone and everyone. It aims to encourage everyone to call themselves a feminist and, in turn, share their own version of feminism. In tackling every day sexism and archaic and disturbing sexism, I believe we can tackle the massive global issues feminism faces. I have definitely learnt a thing or five from this little passion project of mine. If you ever compile a newsletter or anything similar, you may find these tips and tricks useful in making the process a little smoother.
Plan: From pictures to articles to spreading the word on social media, it all takes a lot of planning. Or it should do. Getting yourself into some kind of routine is vital. When Feminism Up is going smoothly is when I have at least three out of four of the next month’s writers ready to get writing while I’m sorting out the current issue. It’s when I have photos taken and ready to be edited half way through the month (I release the newsletter on the 1st of every month) and when the newsletter is completely edited and perfectly proof read three days before release.
Don’t be your own worst enemy: I can be so busy gathering articles from other writers and taking photographs of them that I put off writing my two pieces for an issue as well as putting off making the time to get the photos of me taken. It’ll be constantly on my mind that I haven’t written my pieces when this whole problem doesn’t make sense anyway… I adore writing about feminism.
Social media is your best friend: Despite all of its flaws, the array of social medias we use offer brilliant platforms to get your project heard; to gather some interest. You have to be pretty persistent. I find Instagram harder to post frequently (due to a lack of pictures) but Twitter is super easy to constantly update- not that I’m doing brilliantly with this tip. When I am, however, my project feels relevant.
Trust your writers: I have found that I have every reason to just trust what my writers are going to say. I have wonderful friends (and amazingly people I don’t even know) writing for my newsletter and, originally, I was simply grateful. I kind of thought they were just doing me a favour for the chocolate I’ve been promising them. But it’s nothing to do with me (hence a couple of writers I don’t know writing me awesome pieces). Feminism is a subject that inspires such passion and people love thinking about it; people love writing about it. It’s inspiring to know and gives me butterflies when I’m reading their pieces.
It doesn’t always go to plan: Sometimes things don’t go to plan. Whether someone who is supposed to help you doesn’t in the end or your newsletter doesn’t send properly (*nods knowingly*), that’s life and all that. When I sent out a draft of issue #1 rather than the actual copy (to everyone who had signed up), all I could do was face palm a couple of times, send it again and remember it’s a learning curve. *Shrugs triumphantly.*
You can sign up HERE but if you don’t, in the mean time, Feminism Up! ❤
~ Kat ~