Not fully recovered yet, as in there’s still a lot of follow-up to do, from the BlogHer conference which was over a month ago. Actually, not only have I not posted about it here, but my bag is still not fully unpacked. I know. So embarrassing. What is even more embarrassing is that World Moms Blog editor, Nicole Melancon, is flying in and staying at my house this weekend for us to commute into NYC for the Social Good Summit together, and she was my roommate at BlogHer last month. She knows the bag! I have less than 2 days to get it unpacked before she gets here.
Running World Moms Blog and being everything I can be first to my 5 year old and 1 year old daughters all day is tough work. But, I’m really happy to do it. Really happy for so many reasons. Here’s my latest list of reasons:
1) The momentum was lifted even higher when 8 of our contributors met for dinner in New York City last month on the eve of the BlogHer conference. We munched on Greek food and talked about everything from what it was like to live where we live, our kids, travel, the blog, the posts we read, but most importantly, taking the opportunity for some of us to get to know each other on an even more personal level. Best night ever!
2) When our contributor Natalia Rankine-Galloway was inside the US Embassy in Tunisia last week with protests going on outside, our contributors were sending her messages of courage from all around the world on our internal group page. (Natalia and her family are safe and sound!)
3) Our “What is your one wish for world mothers?” campaign that was born by Nicole Morgan, our contributor from Florida, USA, is just getting started. We began asking moms to answer the question and think globally when it comes to mothers being treated fairly around the world. I look forward to expanding this!
4) You. Have. No. Idea. What. We’ve. Been. Up. To. Our editing team is growing by leaps and bounds. Where to begin?
- Alison Lee, our editor from Malaysia, is exercising her social media strategy skills and has been masterminding our Facebook strategy. Ruth Wong of Singapore, Maureen of Indonesia and Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand are helping to run our updates!
- Kyla P’an, our senior editor from Massachusetts, USA, has been managing our copy edit team to keep our posts flowing. And Kim in Kenya and Eva Fannon in Washington, USA just joined the copy editing team. Welcome, ladies!
- Purnima Ramakrishnan, our senior editor from India, has taken over the Saturday Sidebar question, and she will also be taking a role in helping with our off-site global social good events, such as the GAVI Global Tea Party.
- By the way, Lady E in Bali, Indonesia just hosted our latest GAVI Global Tea Party!
- Eva Fannon is the chair of our “New Contributor Committee, “ which also includes Kyla P’an and Nicole Melancon. This committee was just formed and seeks to increase our response time to people reaching out to write for World Moms Blog. Their e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Ruth Wong in Singapore and Maureen in Indonesia have been developing our internal contributor outreach programs. Our moms are having more fun getting to know each other behind the scenes thanks to these ladies!
- Kirsten Doyle, our senior editor in Canada, will be writing our newsletter. By the way, we thank her for her service to the Travel Itinerary, which has recently been retired!
- Elizabeth Atalay of Rhode Island, USA joined Nicole Melancon of Minnesota, USA as an editor for World Moms Blog’s World Voice column!
5) In September World Moms Blog was at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City! Contributors Elizabeth Atalay of Rhode Island, USA and Maman Aya of New York, USA joined me as guests to view “Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show.” We had a blast watching our friends at the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign work the runway!
World Moms Blog has reached the next level where our contributors are really taking ownership in the website and becoming leaders in the organization. This is fantastic!!!
As for me, can you see why my bag hasn’t been unpacked yet? (Ok, no sympathy, I’ve got to get the job done!) We are growing by leaps and bounds, which includes a lot of organizing.
Next, onto the Social Good Summit this week in NYC, where we’re looking forward to tweeting live from the conference, watching the world change before our eyes, being a part of it and catching up with our friends at Shot@Life, the GAVI Alliance and ONE!
This is an original post to World Moms Blog by founder, Jennifer Burden of New Jersey, USA. Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom to two young girls and runs World Moms Blog, a Forbes Woman “Top 100 Website for Women 2012” at night!
Photo credits to the author.