Travelling to London for events is very much part of what I do now and it is great to be invited to product launches or great events, when there are photos taken and shared at such events it is easy to think blogging is frivolous. However January I have something pretty special coming up and it shows how blogging can be used for good and that got me thinking! Blogging gives me lots of luxuries and great experiences and to an outsider it could be seen as very materialistic and vain. Us bloggers talk about ourselves and our lives and get sent ‘stuff’ which we then photograph ourselves and our children playing with it or wearing it. Some even take photo’s of their dinner before eating it and show everyone what they are having. Put it like that and I cringe a little. In my previous career as a teacher my job was all about helping others and it takes a bit of getting used to when you don’t appear to be working like that anymore.
However I know that many bloggers are also altruistic and give away much of what they receive. Many of the toys are given to favourite charities or to friends aswell as our own children benefiting. Many bloggers do amazing things for charity and do it both quietly and without fuss – obviously many of the campaigns bloggers support also gets written about because raising awareness is part of the process.
Did you know that thanks to a group of about 55 bloggers 11 children are sponsored. We have been doing this a few years now and if anyone else would like to join us it is just £6 per month to really make a difference to the lives of these children. Merry works really hard overseeing this and I want her to know it is appreciated.
Team Honk had many up on their feet dancing non stop in March for Comic Relief and I am sure that they have something equally challenging for next year!
Earlier in the year a group of bloggers stood up for the children of Syria and worked with Save the Children, they raised a huge amount of money an awareness in a very short space of time.
Aly is involved in a long term project for Global Goals and Mich works with One org regularly. I admired Jane immensely for climbing up a huge mountain to shout that she intends to help find a cure for Diabetes and Helen and her family have reached their target of their fundraising for diabetes this year too.
Individually each year many bloggers give toys to those less fortunate, to women’s refuges, children’s hospitals and families in need. I was there in hospital one Christmas morning with a poorly Dylan. To ill to go home we woke up on Christmas morning in an isolation room on IV antibiotics. I know what those gifts mean to a poorly child when Santa comes into your hospital room with a small gift to open and wish you a speedy recovery.
Next month I will be able to share a fantastic collaboration that I am getting involved in and it really inspires me. When I taught I felt like I did good and I am very aware that blogging outwardly looks like I have swapped making a stand and putting young people first for a life of reviewing nice things. But this isn’t the case. I want to champion bloggers for the huge impact they have and the good they do. Bloggers do amazing things, they dance, they run half marathons, they write about what matters and they help others wherever they can. Just sometimes the media scorn mummy bloggers and the blagger debate sparks but just look at what has been achieved from our laptops and from kind caring hearts.
On a final note to bloggers reading this don’t forget Wayfair are working on a #blogitforward campaign, basically if you do a good deed and blog it and add the badge to your post Wayfair will give £50 to Habitat for humanity. What are you waiting for??? see more here
I am really proud of what bloggers have achieved this year and would love to know more about the causes you have supported. Please shout it out by leaving a comment, what have you been involved in that makes you proud to be a blogger?