Once upon a time, I used to have an informal column of informal guests posts, where friends would contribute a list of ten things. Ten whatever things that they wanted to talk about! That lasted for a few years, and it was so cool! I love reading about what the people I like and admire are into, or what they recommend or suggest for this, that, or the other thing!
Sadly, due to the extremely understandable lack of mental and emotional bandwidth available to all of everyone during the pandemic, as well as a scarcity of time and energy while we are all just scrambling to survive (and maybe just lack of interest in writing and blogs in general, and specifically writing for blogs that aren’t yours) there’s hasn’t been any new Ten Things content in that vein in quite some time. Also, I realize I’m not paying anyone to write, and this certainly isn’t a blog that makes any money, and it doesn’t have a huge audience and I can appreciate there’s not a huge draw for people to be an uncompensated guest poster. I can’t even pay you in “exposure”! I’m sorry!
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone, warmly and sincerely and from the bottom of my heart, who did volunteer to write something over the years. For the most part, except for maybe one or two exceptions, all of these guests volunteered their writing and ideas, without me having directly asked them to do so. How amazing is that! Firstly, I’m not really keen on saying “hey, will you do a thing for me?” It really feels like an intrusion and a lot to ask. But secondly, that someone came to me with a thought or an idea and wanted to share it on my blog? That just feels so freaking cool. I love that! So thank you, EVERYONE. Your work and your writing are so genuinely valued and I just can’t express that enough.
I thought I’d share a roundup here, in no particular order, of all of the Ten Things articles and essays that have been posted at Unquiet Things over the years, so that you can find them easily, or so that you can re-reread your favorites, or so that you find something entirely new to read or learn or become obsessed with.
➼ 10 Of Ekho’s Anti-Racist Book Recs
➼ Ten Things: Spooky Nerd Necessities From Generally Gothic
➼ Shana’s Top 10 things I Love About Animal Crossing New Horizons
➼ 10 Things I’ve learned from Owning an Art Gallery by Laurel Barickman
➼ 10 Things That Keep My Spirits Up As Winter Darkness Descends By Allison Felus
➼ 10 Things: My Bougie Holiday Wish List + Stocking Stuffers Courtesy Harlow Skalwold
➼ Ten Favorite Things For Magical Baking By Jessica Reed
➼ Ten things: Favorite European Botanic Gardens by Jantine Zandbergen
➼ Ekho’s 10 Things to Stop You Burning it All Down (the World, the Universe, and Everything)
➼ Ten Things I Know By Flannery Grace Good
➼ Ten Things That Got Me Through 2018 From Harlow Skalwold
➼ The Spooky Vegan’s 10 Things Getting Me Through The Post-Halloween Blues
➼ Amanda Lynn Of Ghoulish Delights Bath Shop: 10 Things I’m Loving For Fall
➼ 10 Things I Cannot Live Without: Nuri’s Picks
➼ Caitlin Ffrench: Ten Tools That I Use Most Often
➼ Ten Favorite Pieces From My Collection by Katie Kierstead of Roses & Rue Antiques
➼ Ten Things That Bring Me Joy From Angela St. John Of Solstice Scents
➼ Vampires, Witches, and Ghosts: The Top Ten Reasons Why I Love the Holiday Season By Sarah Chavez
➼ La Belle Otero’s Ten Gems Of Decadent Cinema
➼ 10 Goth Cheeses and What to Pair with Them from CheeseSexDeath
➼ 10 Delights for Autumn Nights By Pam Grossman
➼ Ten Things I Tell Myself to Make Life Worth Living by Ariel of Carpe That Diem
I am definitely not saying that a Ten Things guest post won’t appear from time to time in the future. Heck, I might even contribute one myself! And if you’ve got something you want to share here, well, you know where to find me. But please just keep in mind, I’m not going to hunt you down and haunt you for it if you’ve expressed an interest. Just come to me whenever you’re ready and say “here’s a thing!” Otherwise…life’s too short for me to stress out about that, or for me to stress you out about it. Serious inquiries only, friends!
Pssssst…! I went through the archives to gather these up because I…uh…didn’t tag them very well. If you’ve shared some 10 Things here and don’t see a link to your contribution listed above, please forgive the oversight, it wasn’t intentional! Let me know and I will fix it straight away!