Last week, Emily and Cooper from The Motherhood—two of the nicest people—invited me and nine other bloggers to participate in P&G's Thank You, Mom program. My mission, if I chose to accept it: thank five bloggers throughout this week who have made a difference in my life. It took me maybe ten seconds to say yes, and the stipend we were offered had nothing to do with it. I am grateful each and every day for the women I've met in the blogosphere—women who move me, make me laugh, give me new persepctive, inspire me when raising a kid with special needs runs down my spirit.
My first thank you goes out to Megan Jordan over at Velveteen Mind. Her humongous heart shines through her blog, whether she's writing about The Gulf Coast Oil Spill; imploring bloggers to care less about the traffic they get and focus more on their writing ("You are not your stats"); or sharing an anything-but-ordinary drive in her car. She writes passionately and movingly. She tells it like it is. Every single time I read one of her posts, I walk away with new insights—about blogging, about motherhood, about myself, about appreciating life.
Megan is also all about giving back. She started BlogNosh to promote other bloggers' good writing. She's partnered with Pepperidge Farm to raise money for Feeding America. She genuinely cares. Let me tell you something else about Megan: I met her for maybe ten minutes at Blissdom, when she was hanging outside a conference room with her yummy baby girl. We e-mailed maybe a couple of times after that. Then last week, a mom website that had asked me to contribute content ended up not treating me very well. I was unnerved. I emailed Megan to ask for her advice. She emailed me her phone number and said to call. And then she took 10 minutes of her spare time (the woman has three kids) to talk with me. Just like that.
Thank you, Megan, for your Texas-size heart—and for being the patron saint of mom bloggers everywhere.
FYI, P&G has a contest going on through November, "Thank You, Mom Reunions," for expressing gratitude to the women who've been influential to us since we were in diapers. Sweet—and you could win $1000.
Which bloggers would you like to thank?