The Power and Profound Effects of Blogging - A-Z Blogging Challenge
This isn't what I was going to write about today. It was going to be a light and cheery posting about my pysanki egg decorating and this very special one made for a very sick friend. Then, I woke up, earlier than usual. I could check on emails and some posts from around the blogosphere with my morning cup of coffee before heading out to a few appointments. I decided to use my Pieta Pysanki egg as a signal to represent the solemnity of this occasion. Mixed with all the other carefree, coupon-saving, crazy day rantings, I found a post from LaDonna Rae at iFrog.me.com that stopped me in my tracks. She was sharing her own profound sorrow at seeing a posting from someone we both follow, Jessica, at Misadventures of an Army Wife, Final Goodbye.
Jessica is a young woman in her 20s, living her married life with a soldier and following him to wherever he is expected to report. It's all in her blog. The ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows. But, not this one. This one shocks you to the core. A blog you are totally unprepared to see. But, the response from her many followers (most not even in her Following group) with the speed and power that only can be accomplished with today's Internet, probably saved her life. You expect blogs to be uplifting, fun, expository, informative -- but, never, real life-and-death. Do NOT go there if you can't handle another's pain. She didn't ask for help -- that came from her readers and the swift power of the blogging community that performed the miracle. The follow-up from Jessica's mother is here.
See that The A-Z Blogging Challenge button on the right? With more than 1100 bloggers participating, there's bound to be someone you'll discover by just clicking on the Next Blog or Surprise Me button.