Don't think you have the time to blog? That was Nedra Weinreich thought too. Now she looks at every thing through bloggers' eyes .. “that would make a great blog post!” Yup, Nedra has caught the blog bug. However, for Nedra, the heart of blogging is being a part of powererful force for social change.
Blogger Story Teller: Nedra Weinreich, Spare Change
A year ago, I would have never expected to be a blogger. I don’t have time. I don’t like baring my thoughts to strangers. I didn’t know if I would have enough interesting new things to say to publish on a regular basis. I didn’t know if people would even want to read what I had to say. So, what changed?
Back in December, Craig Lefebvre (the first social marketer to start a blog, as far as I know) asked me to expand some of my comments on the Social Marketing Listserv (about health and social issues in entertainment programming) into a guest post on his blog. After that, I found myself thinking “that would make a great blog post” whenever I read an interesting news item or had a marketing insight. Eventually I got the bug and started up my own blog at the end of January.
I have always been interested in using the internet as a resource for bringing together people using marketing for health and social change. Way back in 1995 (eons in internet time), I learned html and created my own website to provide articles, links, a job bank, a conference calendar and other services to people interested in social marketing (the features have since been trimmed back due to the amount of time it took to keep it updated). So writing a blog was a logical extension of that.
I have found that blogging is a fantastic way to reach new people and build connections. I have met people from all over the world and developed both friendships and professional alliances that would not have happened otherwise. I truly believe that blogging can be a powerful force for social change, and the more people are connected, the larger the potential for having an impact. I hope that by being part of the conversation, I can help figure out how to move that change from the relatively small numbers of us in the blogosphere to the world at large.
I still don’t have time and am reticent to share anything too personal, but I’ve found there is no lack of things to talk about. And people are even reading my blog! I hope they are getting as much out of it as I am.