THE RETURN OF THE PETER PRINCIPLE_Bill Bibo

The Mash Blog Wants YOU! 

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How many of you remember the Peter Principle? Show of hands, please.

Just as I thought. I am really, really old.

For those of you who don’t know the term it was first presented in 1968 by Dr. Laurence J. Peter in his book of the same name. He summarized it as an “observation that in an organizational hierarchy, every employee will rise or get promoted to his or her level of incompetence”. It was the business buzzword for years following. Now it’s finally happened at Mash Stories.

Allow me to introduce you to the new Mash Blog Manager. Me!

You may already know me as a fellow Mash Clubber and the author of Blog articles and shortlisted stories, ultimately winning the Seventh Competition with The Last Perfect Word. Thank you, Please hold your applause.

Now I am responsible (ha, that’s a stretch in itself) for the Mash Blog. What exactly does that mean? A lot more than I first thought. It means coming up with creative topics, finding even more creative authors to make those topics into informative and enjoyable articles, and ultimately pestering those authors to get us those same articles so we can post them on the blog in a timely manner.

To do that, oh glorious reader, (does flattery work?) I need your help. Today I bring you an opportunity. Mash Stories is not just a fiction writing competition but a growing writing community. It is a safe and positive place for showing our talents and receiving comments and help from each other. It has been said that the best way to learn a topic is to teach it to someone else. So when we share experiences with each other, we grow together.

Here’s the deal. Have you ever thought of writing non-fiction? How about something informational about writing or on one of the endless connections to writing and the writing life? Hmm, maybe we’d even print it the Mash Blog?

You would? Fantastic! Do you have an idea? Pitch it to me.

No ideas but would love to try an article? I’ve got a million ideas. Actually that’s not completely true. I only have about 35 or so right now. I’m working on the remaining 999,965. Let me know your interests and we’ll see what we can do.

If you take the challenge you won’t receive a monetary payment, but you’ll get:

  • free editorial assistance to help you choose a topic and complete your article
  • free copyediting by our magnificent Chief Editor Cheryl
  • free fame and adoration from your peers
  • (bonus) my undying gratitude

Interested? Tell me your idea. Email me at bill{AT}mashstories.com and tell me the topics you’re interested in, and I’ll get in touch with you. Let’s go learn something and have some fun together.

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Bill lives with his wife in Madison, WI. Late at night he writes about intelligent mummies, incompetent zombies, and other things that scare him in the hope that someday they no longer will. He’d like to thank his wife and children and especially his grandsons, Nolan and Sonny, for keeping the child alive in his heart. It’s so deeply rooted now nothing could remove it. @bbibojr

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