Monday, August 16, 2010
Be The Change.
The closing breakfast keynote at Blogher was a group of women activists. Some of whom literally risk their lives to blog.
That kind of hit me like a ton of bricks.
They risk their lives.
I am not that person.
I do however thrive on motivation and a goal.
I have been missing that goal.
The goal was to be the best parent I could be. A worthy challenge.
What I didn't realize was how easy it would be to lose 'me' in that.
To focus so completely on them that I would feel 'me' slipping away.
I have written about how important 'me time' is. How a happy fulfilled parent makes a good parent.
I thought by getting babysitters regularly and leaving the house - I was achieving that. I was mistaken.
For me, committing to the those first years, full time, was important.
Now it is time for me to move on a little.
In yet another Blogher session, I learned about activist bloggers.
This was where my lightbulb moment happened.
I want to be active.
But how? I am interested in politics and keep up to date but it's not my soapbox.
I think that being green is important and we work hard to be but again - not my arena.
So what could I do? I can be very evangelical and I know it can turn people off so maybe I'm not ideal to be an activist blogger.
Sitting in that session with my body tingling - I knew there was something there for me to hear.
Then came this sentence;
"You can be an activist by posting your post about whatever you want and including information for say, a local farmers market.
Shopping locally, eating organically are ways to tell GMO using, pesticide liberal and nutrition low food manufacturers that you want better options. You can still blog about fashion, art, pets or parenting while you do it."
I can find new purpose in blogging by adding information and links that do a little good in the world.
If you are interested you can click the link - if you are not - keep scrolling.
I was reminded at Blogher that this is a powerful, intelligent and generous community.
I am also often aware that we live in very self centered times.
So my goal is this - a little less me, a little more we.
Beats the prior focus on wee.