Want to Write for Quirkyalone?

Quirkyalone is a new idea about being single (and indeed, about relationships) that has sparked a worldwide conversation and movement. The concept was originally introduced in an essay that I wrote ten years ago, and in 2004, in my book Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics.

Ten years after the original concept was introduced, I am as compelled by this concept as ever, but I want others to join me in writing about it.

I’m looking for a stellar cast of five bloggers to join me on my blog at Quirkyalone.net. Like Vagablogging, a blog about long-term travel that got its inspiration from a book called Vagabonding, I would like to take Quirkyalone and turn it into a vibrant group blog. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch the conversation evolve as more people post on a variety of subjects, all from the QA perspective.

Want to write for Quirkyalone?

I am looking for five bloggers who are passionate observing our culture. People who get quirkyalone and quirkytogether and write with wit and charm about pop culture, politics, and everyday life as they relate to singleness and relationships. I want men and women (especially men, since you male QAs often feel under-represented!)

We’ll follow Vagabonding’s model in which each blogger gets a day on which to post, and a general “beat” to cover, though you would be free to write on other QA-related topics as well. Each blogger would:

•    Post about once a week on a given day  (on Tuesday, for example)
•    Possess wit and a savvy editorial eye
•    Have some experience blogging or writing

If you are interested in being one of the five writers to join me, choose a day, a category and tell me which tag you would like to focus on, or create your own focus.

Email to info AT quirkyalone.net:
•    Why you want to write for quirkyalone, including how you found out about the concept and how it resonates
•    What you would like to focus on: Quirkytogether (including posts on being quirkyalone in a committed relationship or even married); Dating; Sex; Pop Culture (movies, TV, celebrity, but through an intelligent angle); Politics and News; Travel or a category of your own creation
•    Three story ideas for the topic area that you would like to focus on
•    Examples of your writing, ideally, 3-5 blog posts

Please note:
This is a volunteer position. It offers a platform for exposure for your work, community with other writers.

You are welcome to cross-post posts written for your own blogs to gain wider exposure and feedback.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what we can create!

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5 comments on “Want to Write for Quirkyalone?
  1. Judith Davies says:

    I have followed the quirkyalone website from it’s early days. I fervently believed in it’s ethos, and have celebrated my aloneness with great abandon. I have through dating websites met some lovely men but not the “one”. I have lots of little adventures on my own – trips to the theatre, weekends away to London art galleries and shopping also larger adventures – I am going to Vietnam in April. Thank you for reading this Happy New Year Judith x

  2. Becky Andrus says:

    How wonderful you are going to Vietnam!!
    What will you do there?
    I love the Vietnamese people
    I am a dealer in a Tahoe Casino and I have met so many BayArea Vietnamese and they are all So adorable.

  3. onadrought says:

    Be very happy to write for quirkyalone as I believe I truly am one. I have my own blog which is a sort of a cynical take on mating, dating and anything else in between. Also being in Australia, I could offer a point of view from down under.

  4. de Gaillande Suzanne says:

    You saved my day!!!!
    Yesterday I should have meet Him, the One who would have brought love in my life again after 18 years as a married woman and 2 years as a salty because the father of my 3 children found a younger woman!BUT he didn’t come to our date. I wasn’t deseperated but knew that I had to stop trying to find the man of my dream ( it could end in a nightmare…). So I went to a library looking for a book: “How to live a good and happy life as a single. “And I found you!!! I am so thankfull for your book. Now I can understand my life and why I wasn’t divasted that the date didn’t happen. I have such an interesting life on my own. And strange enough: though I dind’t know that the QA has its own day on Valentine I offered myself something last year at that day!!!
    I’m living in Switzerland and show my friends how to live a great life as a QA. ANd I show my children ( a girl and 2 boys) that you can be a happy woman without the love of a man. There are so many people in your life you can love Live our life and love it .Love yourself and every one you met ( or try to even it seems impossible) . Make yourself happy without beeing ashamed of it!

    But a big problem for a woman is to justify a life without wanting to have a child.
    Another problem is to show your happiness beeing alone. You are considared as imature and selfish.

    I’m french and will be 50 in juni.

    Have a wonderfull lifetime


  5. Andrew says:

    Hello :)

    I have a bit of catch up to do on here, as I was referenced to this site by Sasha (another Sasha :) from “EyeWeekly” months ago and haven’t known of this site as long as many may have.

    Yet I found myself immediately drawn to the concept. It’s one of those things that’s inherent within so many people but which takes one rare person to formulate the movement for it and band the similar-minded together. Whereas, before.. we’d be floating around amongst the ‘tyranny of coupledom’ (though, it sounds harsh… it is very apt).

    Having been the only single person at my sister’s wedding a few years ago, I felt unbelievable sadness and aloneness given that everyone else had someone. And yet.. who was to say that all of those couples would be together in 10 years, a year or even months later. I also felt that I’d rather be alone and an oddity, in relation to the mass number, than being with someone just.. to be with someone. I’ve always felt this way. And logging onto this site completely paralleled my views and thoughts (or vice versa :)

    I scored 110 on the quiz. I’m not sure exactly what that means, except that it seems rather high. I assume that would be a good thing for a ‘quirky'(?) LoL

    I don’t have experience blogging, but I am an aspiring writer (20 years experience) and hopefully have a good sense of wit.

    I’m not sure what themes I’d be best to write about. I’m not one for travel. I’m limited from meeting people because of social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (makes for a peculiar first date from a woman’s point of view *S*. I’m a loner, homebody and still a virgin (I realize I’m saying more than I probably should LoL So, not having been in a relationship or had a girlfriend so far, my social experience is phenomenally less than most people’s.

    However, I do consider myself highly philosophical, creative and passionate about animals, vampire lore, the soulmate concept, dynamics of bdsm (more theoretical than experiential, of course :-)

    Well… I leave it at that. I’m not sure how to proceed from here(?).

    —-Affectionately, Andrew

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What’s a quirkyalone?

A quirkyalone is a person who enjoys being single (or spending time alone) and so prefers to wait for the right person to come along rather than dating indiscriminately. Quirkyalones prefer to be single rather than settle.
Quirkyalones can also be married or in a committed relationship (quirkytogether). You can be a man or a woman, any age.
Quirkyalone is ultimately a philosophy about finding happiness within yourself whether you’re single or in a relationship.

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