Today is Blog Action Day, a time for bloggers from around the globe to unite and join a global discussion about one important topic.
“The purpose of Blog Action Day is to create a positive discussion that enables social good about an important topic. We ask bloggers to take a single day out of their schedule and focus it on an important issue.
By blogging about the same issue, on the same day, from their own perspectives, the blogging community focuses discussion and give their audiences the opportunities to take part in a global conversation, raise awareness or even funds for not-for-profits.”
The topic for today is The Power of We. I love this topic so much and was really excited to write about it.
I started blogging in 2007 as a way to chronicle our adoption journey. At the time, it was just a way for us to keep family and friends updated on the long, complicated journey. Over time, my blog changed a lot. I wasn’t sure what to write about or how to use my online presence. But then slowly, after the adoption of our second child (a special needs, older child adoption) I knew what purpose I wanted my blog to serve.
My blog, you see, became my voice. A voice to raise awareness on the issues that had affected my life personally: autism, special needs adoption, older child adoption, HIV adoption and the HIV/AIDS orphan crisis and non-profits providing aid to orphanages and children around the world. I even found my voice in encouraging others that adventure and the outdooors are for everyone–especially for children and those with special needs.
In 2009, through the power of blogging, I was able to team up with some other adoptive mama’s to start a series of campaigns to raise funds for children and families in Vietnam. We had never even met in real life, but we had forged a connection through our sons’ shared heritages and our online voices. We took a small idea and using he Power of We, were able to give life-saving surgeries, meals and other resources to people in need.
In 2012, again through blogging, I was able to connect and meet with the moms involved in the World Moms Blog and was able to spread my voice even further by becoming a contributor to their social good column.
And again in 2012, I was able to join a coalition of moms called the Global Team of 200 in an effort to spread my message of social good far and wide.
I am just beginning to harness the Power of We. I don’t know where I’m heading, but I know it’s right where I’m supposed to be. Blogging has not only let me find my voice, but has let me truly discover the amazing Power of We. I am so excited to see where this journey takes me.
Together, our voices united, we can bring about the changes we seek. I have seen it happen before and I am honored to be a part of the Power of We.
Won’t you join me?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead