Happy Thursday everyone. It is Thursday, right? The days tend to run together when you’re living in a small foreign town.
On a quick living-in-Mexico update, I have two Spanish words to tell you about: El Niño. If you haven’t heard of El Niño before, it’s not just a Mexican thing or the Spanish phrase for “the boy”. I’m referring to the weather pattern that is caused by periodic warming of surface waters in the Pacific ocean.
I’ve experienced El Niño before, living on the West Coast. It usually results in above average temperatures and above average rainfall. At least that’s what it was like in Seattle and Portland before.
In Mexico this year, at least on the Pacific Coast around 19 degrees North latititude, it has caused two big changes. First, the surf has been much better than normal near the town we’re in, which is awesome. Second, it’s been raining (with lightning) for the past couple of days like cats and dogs, which is not so awesome.
It rained so much yesterday that I started building an ark. Seriously, it was blowing sideways at what sounded like 100 km/h. We’re talking tropical storm type rain here, and it left about 3-4 inches of standing water in much of our beachfront condo.
Anyways, I’ll gladly take a little rain while living in paradise. It’s just a little shocking considering we didn’t see rain down here last winter for 4 months straight. Hopefully it will clear up in the next day or two, but in the mean time I’m getting quite a bit of work done.
Guest Post Contest
Speaking of getting work done, I have so much lined up (like the new projects I mentioned recently) that I’d like to run a few guest posts here while I’m busy.
Some of my favorite posts on this blog have been written by guest authors. Some of your favorites (or most popular, at least) were also guest posts, like Are You Putting Off Life Until Later? by Chris Garrett, 5 Lessons from a 2-Month Remote Work Experiment by Tim Leffel and The Smart Ass Guide to Dealing with Dream Zappers by Ashley Ambirge.
Writing a guest post at Free Pursuits can help you increase readership and subscribers to your own blog. A great post can be read by thousands or tens-of-thousands of readers. Just ask Ashley Ambirge. I recall she was very happy with what her guest post here did for her readership at The Middle Finger Project.
I haven’t asked for new guest posts in a while, so I’m going to run a little contest this time. If you’d like to write a guest post, you have until next Friday, the 12th of February to submit your complete article for this round. Feel free to send me an email with a proposal if you’d like to run an idea by me before you write it. Take a look at the popular articles in the sidebar if you’re curious about what types of posts do well here.
For topic inspiration, how about continuing the conversation we started last week about what lifestyle design means now, and how it’s changing? Maybe you could share a real-life story about progress you’ve made towards your own ideal lifestyle?
I’ll take the top 2-4 guest posts I receive by next Friday and will run them over the following few weeks. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. Good luck!
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