Ok, I owe a BlogHer wrap up post. I know. But, there are an increasing number of people who think I really owe the doctor a call. I am ignoring them for a bit. I am also ignoring the real wrap up post and the fact that this is a food blog.
Because, my daughter, Rebecca,
This is the daughter that could mimic the AOL “You’ve got mail!” before she could really talk. This is the daughter who spent a childhood overhearing mutterings about terms and conditions, terms of service, and about all the world of online community has to offer…both the good and the bad. Click Michelle just read her post and I said to her that my kid knows community. She replied “Of course, she’s been raised with it like Cheerios.” I suppose she has, but I also know that what parents do for a living remains mystical to children.
The mushy part at the end of the post…of course is sweet.
The part though that got me:
“I felt like a part of a community, a family, a group with one unifying cause. At the community Keynote, I sat next to perhaps the most inspiring woman, besides my mother, that I had ever met (she knows who she is), and I told her that, coming into blogging, I was concerned that I wouldn’t stand out, that there would be a million bloggers just like, or better than me. But, I continued, coming to Blogher, I realized that no one could be exactly the same as anyone else. Like stars in the sky, we each have a different light, and we each illuminate the world in a different way. Whether we be mommy bloggers, life bloggers, book bloggers, or “miscellaneous un-life” bloggers, we each touch the blogging community and serve to make it better.”
That is what I want to take out of BlogHer. That is what I want to take out of BlogHer Con every year. That is what keeps me in online community year after year after year. That is what I want each of you to know about participating in online community-whether as a blogger, lurker, forums, groups, or message board person. Find and keep that magic. Make it brighter.
Yes, Rebecca, it is community. You are beautiful. BlogHers and BlogHims are beautiful. Thank you for reminding me of that again.
Thanks to each of you who took the time to spend with her this very busy weekend and for all of you out there who have helped us raise this amazing child, whether you knew you were part of her life or not.
And Rebecca, your blog is you and should be your love song FOR you. To share, to be that light, to invite more light and to remind yourself of who you are, who you were, and who you will be. Your heart has sung its love song to me since before you were born and every single day since…you becoming the person you can and want to be is all the love song I need to hear. That goes for your siblings as well, all of them.
This love is like mercury splitting off endlessly every time I try to nail it down. Anything, anywhere I would give everything I own away. Always I will sing picturing you singing right back to me ~Melissa Ferrick (and of course, the song I so oft quote to you, mean for you, and sing with you)