You may have noticed I added a donation button to the blog last week. I did this with great hesitation.
This effort is one that started about a year ago, on a complete and total whim. Many of you may not know how mamaVISION came to be so I wanted to share the past.
Back in September of 2006, I had to dig into blogs for work. I needed to research what blogs were, how they technically functioned and how they were influencing the interactive market. When I started I was like “what the heck is a blog and who cares?”
I heard about this “WordPress” tool, didn’t have a clue, logged on and was asked for a user name. First thing that came to mind was “mamavision.” I find this kind of odd since I was to utilize this tool for business research, this was to have nothing to do with my personal life or being a mom….coincedence? I don’t think so.
So, I started blogging. I wrote strictly about tech geek topics, youtube was just getting hot back then, and myspace was just bought out. I was heavy into the experimenting with the various blogging tools, when one night I wasn’t feeling well, so I flipped on the TV (which I generally don’t do, we don’t even have cable. Not cause we are freaks about TV, just because we don’t watch that much TV, no time).
I caught an episode of America’s Top Model. I have never seen it and I was totally appalled at what a joke of a show it was. The episode happened to feature a nude photo shoot. 30 girls, wrapped in towels, waiting in line, ready to prance up on this huge white stage on top of a damn skyscraper (could this be more sensationalized) and show their stuff. 28 girls didn’t even blink at streaking, while the other 2 hesitated for a few moments (pathetic, but that’s a topic for another day).
The next day, I recorded a YouTube video and wrote a post about my feelings about the show. The post focused on my then six year old daughter who just happened to walk in the room during this nudie show. She was totally confused and said, “Mama, why are they showing their private areas?”
How exactly do you explain this to your precious little girl? Especially since you and Daddy have been teaching her about respecting their body and how to be aware that no one should see or touch her private areas.
In an instant, my blog stats hit the roof. Back in skinny jeans picked up the story. Then she reached out to me privately to introduce herself and urged “You have to keep writing about these topics.”
I spent the weekend in heavy thought because I really didn’t want to reveal my modeling past, nor my real name, or really even be a blogger for that matter. This was a crossroads because I had two options 1) Delete the blog and walk away 2) Continue and see where it leads.
I took door #2, and I thank god I did. I think I needed to get all this crap out of my system and just let all the secrets go. Do you know that I hid my modeling past from all my collegues for 14 years? I was embarrassed. I also knew my modeling past would bring about judgements about me, and I thought, about my skills as a business women.
Something told me to just let it all rip. And I did. And I am grateful. I feel I am now doing something here that matters. In fact, I know this blog matters, each and every day I read your posts and receive messages that totally blow me away. I can’t thank you all enough for your encouragement and support.
Ok, enough sappy stuff, on to the plea for cash.
- Our daily readers average about 2000.
- Regular posters have created this awesome attitude, flair and point of view to the community.
- I’ve been approached to perhaps publish mamaVISION as a book.
- I’ve reached out to major media outlets for coverage of the mamaVISION and proana community. I expect a response will come soon.
- I’m not slowing down, in fact I am having a hard time keeping up. I am considering adding contributing bloggers, and I am looking for help in compiling statistics we have gathered here (feel free to apply for either opportunity, just post your interest here).
- We have maxed out on the free storage for mamavision.com, so I need to pay to keep the blog running. My personal budget is tight, as you may know I bring home the bacon in the family, my husband is a writer and takes care of the kids. Life is awesome, we are both happier than ever, but we track our expenses on an excel spreadsheet, so needless to say a few extra bucks will go a long way for all of us.
Not sure where we are headed, but I have a feeling mamaVISION may have an exciting year ahead. If we are going to grow this effort, I need financial backing. I know how to market the cause, I have the guts to hone in on the right people who can influence change, and I’d like your support and vote of confidence in moving this thing to the next level.
Bottomline, your support and friendship means more than anything. If you can swing $5, 10 bucks to donate great. If not, don’t sweat it….just keep coming here and lending your unique voice.
Because guess what girls? They are listening. We have their ear. Now we need to collectively influence change. I can’t do it with out you.
Love, from the bottom of my heart,
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