Guest Writers

Got a self-love story to share, or perhaps a creative idea for instilling confidence in the tiny humans in your life? Whether you have an elaborate personal memoir or just have something you feel needs to be said, I'm so excited that you are considering writing for Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots. We have worked so hard to ensure that this blog remains a positive, encouraging, and supportive environment, free of judgement, offensive content, and inappropriate material. One of the biggest aspects of self-love (for all ages!) is acceptance: of yourself, and also of others. You are always welcome here.

What are some of the perks I'll get for guest blogging / being featured on Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots? 
Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots is a personal lifestyle blog, so we do not offer any paid freelance writing positions. But don't say we don't have anything to offer you! By writing a guest post or being featured on Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots you can expect to:

Create a post/share your story free of charge and free of deadlines. 
You heard me right. We all know that life gets busy, and no one gets that more than me. One of the perks that makes Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots so appealing to guest bloggers and featurees is that there are no deadlines to meet. You can work on your post/feature for as long as you desire. When you get done, just submit your masterpiece to for approval and review.

Receive direct, personal, and collaborative communication directly from me. 
You'll hear from me via email at first, but I'll likely follow you on your social media accounts, too. I love teamwork, but more than that... I love new friends!

Promote your own brand / business / service. 
Whether you're promoting yourself for an upcoming competition, modeling career, business partnership, or a service you swear will change people's lives, you get a free shot to do whatcha gotta do! (As long as I approve it, of course. Don't get too crazy!)

Serve as a brilliant inspiration to me for my future posts and projects. 
My own little noggin is not deep or intelligent enough to come up with my posts on my own. Nine times out of ten, I have written posts after collaborating with a partner, answering a body positive question, or carrying on a basic conversation about self love with a reader or best friend. Don't be surprised if some of your ideas and stories have impacted my life and revolutionized my blog!

Make a huge impact on an exceptionally diverse audience valuing the importance of body positivity, self love, and faith driven beauty just by sharing your story! 
Blogs are an amazing way to seek support whether you're struggling with an eating disorder or just plain and simple self doubt. I don't see a lot of interaction on the blog itself, but don't let it fool you. I don't get half as many comments as I get emails and chat requests via social media. There are readers who are silently reading, silently struggling, and silently letting your post change their life.

What can I submit a guest post about?
If you're worried that your guest submission might not belong here, stop worrying. On Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots we accept submissions about:
  • Education
  • Femininity
  • Masculinity
  • Creativity
  • Arts Integration
  • Diversity
  • Self Love // Self Care // Self Confidence
  • Beauty Distortion
  • Technology/Social Media
  • Body Shaming
  • Photoshop
  • Personal Plights/Struggles/Victories with Self Love
  • Inspiration/Encouragement/Perseverance Posts
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Healthy Living/Nutrition 
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Fashion
  • Faith/Religion
  • Love/Relationship
  • Family/Friends
  • Holidays/Celebrations
  • Travel
  • Recommendations
  • and More!
If it can be related to self love or creativity, we want to hear it!

I want to write for you, but I don't know what to write about! Can you help me? 
You'd be surprised how often I hear this question. It usually comes from the analytical 4-year-old in the back of my classroom during free-writing time. While I'd rather hear from you personally, there is no shame in elaborating on certain prompts to give you some direction. By visiting my Guest Writers Pinterest Board, you will find multiple writing prompts designated to self love and beauty distortion. You can follow the prompts strictly, or embellish them all you want. Hopefully they will inspire something completely original!

What should I include with my guest submission? 
In addition to your self-love masterpiece, you should include a photo to enhance/promote your blog post, a headshot photo, and a brief bio of yourself. If you write for a freelance or personal blog, please include the title and URL of this website as well. Your headshot and bio will be compiled into a "featuree column" that will be displayed prior to your guest submission so Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots readers can get to know you a little more before reading your piece. You should also attach the completed Guest Writer Permission Form, understanding that your post cannot be published until this form is completed and returned.

How do I submit my guest submission? 
Email with the subject "Guest Writer." The body of your email should include the information to be used in your personal bio, and you should attach your headshot photo, enhancement/promotional photo, and your completed permission form as separate documents. If you do not wish to create your own enhancement/promotional photo, check the second box under the Photo Editing segment of the permission form.

How do I know you've received my submission? 
You should receive an email within 24 hours stating that your submission is under review. Once your piece has been approved, you will be emailed a preview of the post and an acceptance letter including the date on which your submission will be published. In the event that your submission is denied due to inadequate criteria or inappropriate material, you will be sent another email with the necessary changes to be made prior to publishing.

What do I do after my post has been published? 
Hang around and respond to your readers! Your post will be included on Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots's Facebook Page, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Feel free to respond to any and all comments regarding your piece, and share your post on your own social media accounts with #beautydistortionban. Remember to tag us @taxistotsandpolkadots {Instagram}, @ttandpd {Twitter}, and Taxis, Tots & Polka Dots {Facebook}!

I can't wait to hear what you have to say! Hope to hear from you soon, beautiful.

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