The following post (below) is my entry into the fabulous Mabel's Labels BlogHer'10 Contest. The winner of this contest will receive a trip to BlogHer 2010 and a one-year contract as a paid blogger for Mabel’s Labels. I would LOVE to be given the honour to write for Mabel's Labels, because they are an amazing company, providing outstanding products for everyone - not just moms! What a gig that would be!
We were asked to write a post on our blogs in response to this hypothetical situation:
Electric storms are going to wipe out the Internet, perhaps forever - you have one day left to write about your passions - what do you want to say to the blogosphere in 300 words or less?
Here is my entry:
Where were you the first time it happened?
My love affair with the Internet began in 1995, during my first year of University, in the library computer lab.
Since then - since my first email was sent to my friend who was sitting next to me - I have not looked back.
My love for the Internet grows stronger everyday.
You could say I'm... passionate about the Internet.
I'm passionate about the Internet because of what it allows me to do - to write without abandon about my life - and my absolute greatest inspiration - my two children.
The Internet allows me to connect with you - faithful readers, commenters, friends. You make writing more enjoyable because I know there is always someone on the other side reading - you help validate my words.
We are an online network, a strong network, and even though some of us have yet to meet in person, the connections are there. And the connections are real. We are passionate. We support eachother. We laugh together, cry together, overcome tragedy, and help one another.
We gain confidence. We find out voices. We are heard.
Without the Internet, my words would be silenced. I’d still write - but there would be a void without the interaction.
You see, the Internet has not taken anything away from my life. It has enriched it.
So, thank you.
Thank you for reading, for your tweets, for your humour.
Thank you for your brilliance.
Most of all - thank you for supporting me, and for being there - all the time.