Monday, March 15, 2010

A Passionate Mom - or not

Mabel's Labels is running an exciting contest for bloggers right now.  The grand prize is a trip to BlogHer '10 and a one-year contract gig blogging for Mabel's!  How cool would that be?! You know how much I love Mabel's Labels, so you know I had to enter.  Entry is by writing a blog post on the following topic:

"Electrical storms are going to wipe out the Internet (perhaps forever). You have one day left to write about your passions: what do you want to say to the blogosphere in 300 words or less?"

So, here we go! I hope you (and the fabulous judges) like it :-)

I've been thinking a lot about the Mabel's Labels blogging contest. But I'm not sure what I'm passionate about. My family, my boys, well, yeah, but that seems too obvious. My garden? No, I love it, but "passion" seems extreme. Certainly not my job (bah! cracking up thinking about that one now.) I may very well be or become passionate about blogging, and social media in general, as a way to connect with old friends and new, with family and strangers who share an interest. I've connected and re-connected with so very many important people in my life through this crazy internet.

And here we are. This crazy internet is about to be taken from me. Forever? Who knows. And what it comes down to is that the medium itself is what I'm passionate about.

From my first email account in 1993 I have been hooked. The internet has allowed my circle of friends, confidantes, and advisors to grow exponentially, knowing no geographical bounds. (Not to mention the shopping!)

As a new mom, living far from family, with no close friends nearby, I found support and friendship via Google searches, which landed me a local Mom's Group with a discussion board (critical in my homebound, dead of winter early months) and in-person playdates (for when we finally ventured out again). This group of women saved my sanity and many of them have become lifelong friends. Through this and other online groups, and especially through Twitter, I now have practically instant access to a wealth of experience, knowledge, and advice, not to mention much-needed humour to keep me smiling through the daily grind of motherhood. Thank you! These connections are priceless, and now I face losing this amazing communications tool.

I've stocked up on postage stamps. Who wants to be my pen pal?

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