I am home this morning. Getting ready for my trip to the hospital, where my favorite doctor will use a camera and tubes and who knows what else to remove the part of me that was a home to Principessa for nine months. My hysterectomy is not until 1:30, which means that I have the entire morning to be hungry, thirsty, and to go a bit stir crazy.
Which of course means that I am on the computer. Where there is comfort. Where I awoke to a flood of emails, facebook comments, and texts, wishing me well. From people that I have met through the blogging community.
So it made sense that I celebrate the great Blogging Anniversary Link Up with my thoughts on how the blogging community improves life.
1. The blogging community is filled with inspiration. Stories of hardships, success, friendship, and love. Images that remind you to persevere. You do not have to go far through your reader or twitter stream or facebook group, or wherever to find a story or a thought that can fill up your inspiration bucket for a day.
2. The blogging community is kind. Yes, there are trolls out there. Yes, there are people who do not have the same opinion. But when push comes to shove and one of our own is down and out, this community, rallies.
3. The blogging community raises up issues that need to be noticed. So many issues have come to light because one person wrote about them or tweeted, and then it is like watching dominoes fall. One after another we use our voice to share the messages of those that are less fortunate, or social causes that need to be heard. Causes like Kony2012, More Birthdays, Heart of Haiti, The Red Pump Project and more. These causes have gone viral in large measure thanks to blogs using their voices for good.
4. The blogging community is a collective powerhouse that has changed the landscape of our lives. Yes, there are those that are competitive and believe that they can only be successful if they rise above everyone else. But also? There are so many bloggers that know that this space is OURS to make it what it can be. And that by forming cooperatives the fabulous ladies of Splash Creative Media or Launching Mom, Charitable Influence, or The Motherhood, where savvy bloggers model cooperation and professionalism. The end result is that by bloggers working together on campaigns, our reach is SO MUCH larger and more widespread than going it solo.
5. The blogging community is a catalyst for change. Personal change. Professional change. Social change. Two and a half years into my blogging life, I never would have imagined I would be leaving the classroom to pursue self employment and life as a freelance writer, consultant, and advocate. So many of us have realized their dreams because of this space. It is a place where we can reinvent ourselves, several times even, to fit our passions. Our strengths. It is a place where women have been given a voice, whether they are moms of young children, moms of older children, or not even moms at all. It is a place where individuals have pushed past their comfort zone and ended up on stage for things like Listen To Your Mother or had the opportunity to do things they NEVER would have thought possible.
The truth is that there are so many other ways that this community improves life. I have met women that I consider to be friends and mentors through this community. I have been able to share stories, fears, moments of triumph, and moments of great sadness knowing that there are others that feel the same way. I will never look at the moon or the stars the same way because of this community.
What do you think? What would you add to this list?