Seeking Social Good!NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | March 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Sometimes you get an invitation that changes everything. Attending an event where there is no showcasing a product, or expectations of blogging or tweeting about the event may be unheard of normally. In fact I actually chose not to tweet etc while at the event because there is nothing like a 140 characters to NOT deliver the full message and thwart any good message you are trying to depict. I was certainly not going to provide fodder for any trolls.
I had almost decided to post nothing here but then this blog is like a journal for me too so I needed to capture it here but I waited to post event to do so. Recently Johnson and Johnson invited me to a salon along with 13 other influential bloggers to discuss philanthropic efforts and social media. Although I totally questioned being called influential anything I protested none as any mention of philanthropic causes make me giddy. Though the line-up would have made anyone giddy too: Alice Bradley (Finslippy), Karen Walrond (Chookooloonks) , Heather Armstrong (Dooce) , Ana Roca Castro(Latism) ,Catherine Connors (Her Bad Mother) , Katie Allison Granju (Mama Pundit) , Jennifer Hutcheson (Mami 2 Mommy), Kerri Merrone (Six Until Me), Isabel Kallman (Alpha Mom), Jyl Johnson Pattee (Mom it Forward) , Ellen Seidman (Love That Max) , Heather Spohr (Love That Max), and Allison Worthington (Mrs. Fussypants).
We started by introducing each of the bloggers and while I was impressed with the amazing people in the room, I was super shocked by the amazing achievements of each. I could clearly tell that it was not just me that felt that way, in fact the PR team and the members from Johnsons and Johnsons were clearly in awe by the changes we have effected in our community. Sometimes it is hard to believe that writing is so powerful, therapeutic and life-changing but clearly it was.
I get frustrated daily by the talks solely on products, events and trips. The constant, and somewhat pathetic, pleading to get invited to parties or the whining that puts my 3 year old to shame (no mean feat if you know her). At times I really felt my passion of blogging reduced to a career so cheesy that I questioned its future. Then hearing stories of effecting change, using experiences and tragedies to form a support for others I felt awakened. Hearing the stories I felt rejuvenated and refreshed. This was exactly what my jaded self needed especially since I was launching the Mommy Niri Cares site in a few days.
As we discussed the Healthy Babies are Worth The Wait, Text 4 Baby, Mothers 2 Mothers pediatric AIDS , and Fistula we shared understanding, awareness, ideas, and tears. It was such a huge realization that our influence can well change the world, for the better. It was amazing and exhilarating to be speaking about important things, things that seem larger than life but where we could help take smaller steps towards. I feltI will discuss those individual causes we discussed separately at www.mommyniricares.com (you have been reading that I hope) so stay tuned for that. both (emotionally) drained and fulfilled at same time, if that makes any sense at all.
Onward and upward, let the changes (for good) begin!
Disclosure: I attended the salon as a paid consultant to Johnson and Johnson