Working for 5 Minutes for Mom and living in the New York area has given me some fun opportunities this year. I recently wrote on my own blog about getting to stand toe to toe with Kelly Ripa on the red carpet as she cooed and cuddled my son Kyle.
That was cool, but it didn’t change any lives, beyond a (very) cool story to tell and some great pictures. Kyle didn’t care who was cuddling him, and for Kelly Ripa it was just another day in the life of a NYC personality.
For me it was so far outside my everyday experience that it hardly changed who I am.
And now, yet another opportunity has been offered–a chance to use the influence of writing for a popular site like 5 Minutes for Mom to do more than pass on the news about a cool new movie or tell you about a book I’ve enjoyed or a product that I love.
In November, Compassion International is taking another group of bloggers on a vision trip to spread the word about the work of Compassion and the needs of the children in the communities they serve. I truly believe that blogging for Compassion can make a difference.
Did you read the personal accounts of either Shannon (at Rocks in My Dryer) or Sophie (at Boomama) when they went to Uganda earlier this year? They were both an incredible testimony to the power of words and the value of sharing information. By sharing their experiences, they were able to change perspectives for people who haven’t seen poverty like that first hand.
Isn’t that what blogging is all about?
Sophie just reposted one of her reflections from that February trip. Reading it reminded me that this trip to the Dominican Republic is going to be pretty far outside my everyday experience. It’s on the opposite spectrum of working the red carpet.
And yet somehow I think that this is going to change who I am.
This November I’m going on the 2008 Compassion Blogger trip to the Dominican Republic. Would you like to come? Do you have a blog that gets fairly high traffic so that they can get the word out to the most people in the most cost-efficient way?
Would you like to blog to make a difference in the life of children across the world? Find out all the details HERE.
Has something you’ve read on a blog made a difference in your life? Or do you blog about a certain topic in order to make a difference?