Sunday, June 27, 2010

Announcements & Housecleaning

First, thank you to all of you who took the time to take our poll and help guide and direct the focus of Offering Hospitality. I cannot stress to you the importance of feedback around here, as it helps us to know how we can be of better service to you.

Without further ado - we have a few announcements to make!

We are most excited to say that we've added two new staff writers to the Offering Hospitality team. Stephanie from Stephanie's Mommy Brain and Crystal from The Prices have both signed on to provide posts and topics both near and dear to their own hearts - as well as to yours. We are quite delighted that they were both so eager to be a part of things here as they both have so much to offer! If you would like to know more about either of them, you can click on their "About" pages up top.

Welcome, ladies!

Secondly, it seemed like quite a number of you were interested in us sharing recipes from time to time. And we could do that. Or we could make it more interesting. . .

What we've decided is to host a "Recipe Swap" which will be hosted by Crystal on the first Wednesday of every month. On that first Wednesday, we invite you all to post a favorite recipe of your own and then link it up to a Mr. Linky which we will have posted for your convenience. Visit around the links and collect recipes that you think you might like to try out! In this manner we will hopefully be able to offer you multiple recipes every month! Visit around and get to know each other also! (That's part of the point.)

Each month the recipe swap will have a particular theme to it. Our first Recipe Swap will be held on July 7th and the theme is: PICNIC RECIPES. Have a good recipe for a picnic food? Write up a post, share your great idea, and link back to us! Here is a snippet of code you can use to put a link on your blog:


<a href="http://offeringhospitality.blogspot.com/p/offering-hospitalitys-recipe-swap.html"><img src="http://www.bluecastlephoto.com/offeringhospitality/recipeswap.jpg" height="128" width="150" border="0" alt="Hospitality"></a>


Other things to look forward to:

1. We will definitely be presenting more book reviews/studies to you throughout the year. Some will involve guest posters sharing their thoughts on particular titles. Each review/discussion will be held by a staff writer from Offering Hospitality. During the summer months, Crista will be taking us through A Life That Says Welcome and we're excited for that!

2. We will maintain a 3-posts-a-week schedule as that suits our life schedules well and allows you all time to catch up and offer your thoughts and commentary as we move along in this journey to learning how to best practice and offer hospitality to others.

3. We will have themes which we will focus on throughout the year (much like our children's party themes which we did earlier on) so stay tuned to participate with us - especially as the holidays roll around.

If you have a good idea for a topic here on Offering Hospitality, or would like to write up a guest post, by all means please e-mail us and tell us so! We'd love to hear from you!

4. Once a month we will host a "Q&A" wherein we will invite you all to ask questions relating to hospitality. The staff at Offering Hospitality will either answer your questions, or find someone who can. We're looking forward to talking over the finer points of hospitality with you through this type of activity.

We're always looking to improve so don't be shy! Let us know how we can best serve you.

Thank you for your time and your readership! We look forward to getting to know you all better as we continue this journey.

~ The Offering Hospitality Team

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for the opportunity to join you at Offering Hospitality, Carrie!! I can't wait to interact with and learn from this community.

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  2. Carrie, since i don't have a blog, am i able to still post a recipe?

    tmu

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  3. Yup! Absolutely. Just post and share your recipes in the comment section of the Recipe Swap posts.

    Thanks for asking! (I should have mentioned that...)

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  4. I can't wait to see what recipes will be shared! Thanks for the chance to share with everyone :o)

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