Bad Is the New Good

Give Good Blog

Give Good Blog \ ˈgiv -ˈgud -ˈbläg\ noun. 1. a commitment, made by online writers and other participants in virtual communities, to principles of good virtual citizenship and to actions reflecting same; a commitment to the use of social media to advance social good, whether by raising awareness of a specific issue, or raising money for a cause, or simply using blogs and/or other social media platform to remind self and others to strive to make some little difference by whatever means available. verb. 1. online activities that adhere to and reflect this commitment.

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I Give Good Blog

My Give Good Blog commitment is threefold: First, to devote some portion of my storytelling efforts in this space (and my other online spaces) to tell stories that support or promote causes that are important to me – to continue to speak narrative truth to power in support of muscular dystrophy awareness (for my nephew, Tanner), to promote awareness of post-partum depression and to support any and all causes related to maternal and child health. I’m also passionately committed to raising awareness about how HIV and AIDS affects mothers and children in the developing world, and I've worked with the Global Fund and their Born HIV Free project and with mothers2mothers to get those stories into the flow of discussion on the Internet (you can read my posts on that on my trip to Lesotho to see Born HIV Free funding in action in this stream.) If you want to a reason to support that cause in a one-minute musical burst, check this out. Second, to ensure that any and all partnerships with or participation in corporate projects (basically, anything that yields payment or gifts or desirable opportunity to me) yield some form of social good – whether assistance in generating resources and/or awareness for one of my causes or for social responsibility generally, or actual contribution of funds or nice things or what-have-you to people or organizations that need them more than I do (as I describe in this post.) Three, to promote the idea that those of us with any kind of media platform have a responsibility to use those platforms for good. I’ve written extensively on using social media to promote and support social good: this is one such post. This is another. Technorati interviewed me on the subject; you can catch that interview at their State Of The Blogosphere 2010 site. I’ve also written extensively on the idea that mom blogging – promotion of specific causes aside – is a revolutionary and feminist act, and so is itself a form of social good. You can catch up on some of those posts in this stream. Do you Give Good Blog? Let me know – I’d love to hear about it. Do you want to? This is the space in which I cover the hows and whys and wherefores of Giving Good Blog, so read on...

That whole thing that I talk about sometimes, about not having the right words, or not having enough words, or not enough breath or breathing space for words, or something to that effect? That doesn’t apply to video of me using my words, and especially not to video of me using my words last summer (when the interview with me was shot) and this past December (when the images – of our loft, of us in our loft, of Jasper climbing a bookshelf to get a woodsaw – don’t ask – in our loft – were shot). Which is to say, it doesn’t apply to this:

 

The background story on the video, you can find over at Bad Mother Confidential. The foreground story is, I still believe in blogging – and mom blogging – in exactly the ways that I describe in this video. And I am sometimes so moved by this whole – what’s the word? – sisterhood of motherhood / community / empowerment / connection / change the world thing that it makes me cry, as I do in this video.

As I just do, sometimes. Because this stuff that we do, it’s powerful. Let’s never forget.

(You see how this post is on my Intel Digital Life page? That’s because I wrote it with my Intel hat on, which is totally a little foil beanie that receives satellite transmissions from the galaxy of AWESOME. Or something. Anyway, it’s part of the series that you see here, on this humble page, about living la vida digital, which is also part of this whole storytelling exercise over here, on Facebook. You should check it out.)

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