How do I start a post when I am still a little in shock from yesterday’s events?
For those who missed it, we held a Twitter party using the hashtag #groovymums. If you are a #groovymums you are officially on trend according to Twitter.
The original idea was to acknowledge that the Groovy Mums blog hop and online support network established in September 2011 was 6 months old.
I thought most of the participants of the groovy mums blog hop would take part and maybe a few interested observers. I was amazed to see loads of people joining in and some very interesting debates and chats taking place.
At some point in the party and yes I was sober but my head was still spinning, people started to tell me that #groovymums was trending at number 2 on Twitter. This still seems very surreal to me but does at least show the power of mums when we get together and tell our stories.
Topics covered included ..
How to combat the isolation many mums feel
How to still have your own identity when you become a mum
How powerful or powerless mums are in society
How peer support can help mums move forwards in their lives
How media images and the celebrity culture affect how mums feel about themselves
What things get left behind when you become a mum and whether you can recover some of them
The hopes, dreams and aspirations of mums
How to increase energy levels and feel better physically
How to tackle mental health issues including post-natal depression and where to access support
How to get involved in volunteering and how it might benefit mums
How to get back to work or into self-employment
How to get involved in learning
How mums can carve out me time and what mechanisms help them to do so
Whether partners and children can benefit when a mum puts herself first sometimes.
As you can see, it was an awful lot to get through in one hour.
I would like to thank so many people but if feels like the Oscars where I could end up writing for ages as so many people helped. Particular thanks go to the parenting and blogging networks (Tots 100, Britmums, Love All Blogs, Mumsnet, Netmums). None of this would have happened without those women in the last 6 months who have joined in with the Groovy Mums blog hop. Personally, huge thanks go to Hayley, Louise, Caroline and Kat who are always there to put me back together again when I need it. Finally, to each and every person who promoted or took part in or get in touch about the Groovy Mums Twitter Party.
Now for some more questions so please leave a comment, contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @kateonthinice
1. Should we have another party or regular parties? If so how often and what time suits people best?
2. Do you have any particular topics you would like to see covered via Groovy Mums?
3. Do you think you might link up blog posts to the Groovy Mums blog hop?
4. Would you like to take on a new role with Groovy Mums? It will be unpaid but might be rewarding in other ways or enhance your blog profile. If you are interested in this, please email me and I will be in touch by the end of the week with more information.
5. If you are an organisation or business, would you like to link up or partner with Groovy Mums in some way? I am very open to ideas so drop me an email. It would be lovely, for example, to see some prizes offered to participants at the next party.
Groovy Mums continues to evolve so all ideas and feedback are most welcome.
In them meantime, if you have a blog or website, you are most welcome to use the Groovy Mums badge which you will find in the sidebar.
If you think that the party was inspiring, changed things and/or stood out, you might want to consider voting in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards using the bright pink buttons on the right. Thank you.