Friday, January 7, 2011

Daggy makes a huge difference

As the year ended up at work I was involved in some meetings with various stakeholders, internal and external. During one which included a senior manager, my blogging was mentioned as a secondary point of one informal discussion.

The scoff from this woman when I mentioned the oft used but, I agree, totally daggy, term of being a mummy blogger was embarrassing. Though quick, the raised eyebrows and smirk were hard to miss.

It is not the first time this has happened in and out of work.

But it is the first time I didn't feel belittled by the ignorance of others of this industry.

In fact I was feeling extremely proud that day.

Louisa had just secured hundreds of toys for kids in detention, the power of twitter and mums blogging while they clean the high chair tray encouraged Virgin blue to take the gifts for free, customs fast tracked the stuff to ensure it arrived, the charity was overwhelmed with the result.

But there is so much more.

MMBB was stressing about a super dooper surprise phone bill, the mummy bloggers got on board and the issue was resolved very quickly.

Woogsworld decided that the excellent US blogger, Wanderlust, a recent victim of domestic violence would be a true asset to the conference in March, but costs were extreme for our little mummy blogging community, lucky woogsworld is a power house and Wanderlust and her family are on their way.

Glowless was desperate to attend the AMB conference, but the costs were prohibitive, a post begging for help has her and her family on the way.

When another blogger tweeted about PND, others sent her offers of assistance, phone numbers and emails to make contact, reaching out to an isolated mum, I don't know what difference it made, but it certainly must help to know you're not alone.

But today things are very serious, the fun and funny blog Lori from Random Ramblings of a Stay at home Mum posted this very simple but touching post late last night, asking for prayers for her husband, who is critcial in ICU. In just a few hours the Mumma's are out in force. A forum is set up, an address for items to be sent is organised, a pay pal widget is here for offers of financial support and the twitterverse has a hash tag sending the family support.

This list could go on and on.

So while I may not be about to win mother of the year, I am a bloody good Mum (FIGJAM), I write a blog and I enjoy the interaction with many others in this virtual community. And I am Australian.

So by default I am an Aussie Mummy Blogger.

And very proud to be so.

We may be daggy, you may not really get it, but we can and do make a bloody big difference.

19 comments:

  1. Damn straight!

    You know, often our fellow bloggers are more supportive than our RL friends!

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  2. Bravo! Fantastic. Thank you. There is nothing too daggy about this anyway. And how we love it. It's a new community where we support each other and we don't feel alone. How awesome is that?

    Now, I'm not too good with Twitter. How can I help Lori???

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  3. So well said.

    This community is so supportive, I love that we've rallied around each other in times of need.

    Thanks for the link :)

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  4. We know the value of our community, so I pity those who do not understand it. xox

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  5. Hmm I'm going to do some sleuthing ... Work out what meeting you had then find out whothat was by process of elimination ;-)

    Seriously though I think it can be intimidating when you're not a parent in this blogging world but having said that if and when I have kids I'm sure it would influence the way I blog and that's a good thing! You have a wholenew perspective on life and appreciate the little things in life.

    I'm sure that person is just ignorant, probably doesn't know what a blog is!

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  6. Very... Nicee... Blog.. I really appreciate it... Thanks..:-)

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  7. Well said Claire! The mummy blogging community is just amazing.

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  8. Claire, this just epitomizes why I feel so deeply and humbly privileged to be a blogger (who is also a mum). I am a default mummy-blogger too. And I'm not only proud, I'm also grateful and feel extremely blessed. This post is superb. xoxo

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  9. I wrote along the same lines today - the blogging community is simply incredible :)

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  10. So true! I was nodding the whole way through this. I am so proud and honored to be part of such an amazing community and those that don't understand (or wish to) are missing out.
    And, the out pouring of support DOES help - whether I am who you're talking about in terms of the PND or not - there is alot to be said for what these bloggy mums can do for another struggling mum.
    For dear Lori, I hope we are reaching her + her family. That our thoughts, prayers and well wishes are touching her.

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  11. great post claire. made me feel all warm and fuzzy to be a part of this community - all this in one week. amazing what a group of women can do when we put our minds to it and how powerful social media can be. fantastic :)

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  12. Sign me up as a dag then. I may not be a mama just yet, but I love what this community has done for each other and I enjoy interacting with all of you. I'll scoff at Snarky McSnarkerson in your meeting instead :)

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  13. Here here! I am a bit new to all of this, but already am feeling the love!

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  14. You don't have to be a mumma, a dag, or even a woman to care. We are a powerful community and I really hope we can help Lori - and anyone else who needs it! xo

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  15. I hear you sista... I just discovered your 'daggy' blog -- love it! Thank god for this community, it saves me from insanity!

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