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49 Writers - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 9:41am
49 Writers envisions “a vibrant community of Alaskan writers coming together to inspire, create, and share.” While that vision informs all our mission-driven pursuits, it doubles as a pretty great description of this blog, too.
All sorts of 49 Writers programs and events have grown over time out of the steady, consistent, and galvanizing energy around this blog. Since Deb and Andromeda started it collaboratively more than seven years ago, before the 49 Writers organization was born, we’ve logged almost 2,000 posts.  
As a program, this blog is one relatively simple way to serve writers and readers across the entire state of Alaska. Maybe there’s a Gary Larson-esque cartoon to be sketched having to do with loner writers “building community” via distance on the web. Or maybe not, since we accomplish plenty of face-to-face time, too. In any case, I’ve experienced this blog’s de-strangerizing ways firsthand, and have seen how it spurs conversations and ideas—through online comments and back channels and private headspaces alike. It also comes in handy as a guilt-free procrastination distraction when the blank page stares back a little too fiercely.
So, dear reader—when’s the last time you wrote something for this blog? Some of you have written piles of posts, some a stray post or two, and some of you haven’t even considered it. Some blog features are pretty straightforward: if you’re a current or former Alaskan who has published a book, hit up our Spotlight on Alaska Books. Or, if you’d like to submit something short, creative, and polished, maybe Alaska Shorts would be a good fit. I’d also be curious what posts have stuck with long-time readers over the years, too—no doubt some of them warrant a second look.  
We’ve been lucky to entreat upon a great many guest bloggers, including our monthly series of featured writers who each blog weekly here for a month. While that can be quite a commitment, I invite you to get in touch even if you’d like to write a single post. While I’m glad to simply be here with you, I’d love to also hear from you. This forum is what we make it, together. Check out our guidelinesand don’t be shy.   
- Jeremy 49 Writers members gather in Juneau, December 2014.

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