The finalists of the Change category are some of the many bloggers who have discovered they can use their voices and blogs for causes, raising awareness and funds, and being a force for positive change. Their topics might be global, local or personal. Whatever their cause, these bloggers did more than their bit, and helped us get involved too.
The Change category, sponsored by British Gas, is a truly interesting and varied list, including bloggers who inspire change on many levels, in many ways. Oh and don’t just click over to their blogs, click on their Twitter or Facebook–or any other links to say hi to them!
‘The misunderstood art of extreme parenting. Don’t give me sympathy, give me chocolate.’
Change the way you view disability (wow, there’s some really powerful posts on this blog!), and change the way you view the role of parenting a child with a disability. And the author has one of the most clever About Me pages I have seen in a long time, go check out Renata’s About Me Page!
You can say hello to Renata on Twitter @renatabplus3 and you can follow Just Bring the Chocolate on Facebook for updates you may not see on the blog.
‘Getting our skates on to change the world.’
So who is Kate and why is she on thin ice? It’s what everyone wants to know when they first hear about her. Kate is a highly educated woman who has been involved in charities in one way or another for 20 years. She is an engaging writer and is passionate about creating change in the world to help it become a better place for us all. Want to change the world as well? Kate’s blog is a perfect place to start.
Talk about a one-stop-shop for all things Green!
The Little Green Blog is a fantastic source for green parenting, green nutrition, green body care, green gardening, green cleaning, and green technology and loads of information on recycling but also the Little Green Blog has loads of articles on health & wellness and mind & spirit.
This blog is a fanstic starting place to make some healthy, ethical changes in all areas of your life.
‘Blogging my Calling as a Minister with motherhood, mental health and mayhem thrown in.’
Emma’s blog is about facilitating change both in your personal life and the rest of the world, her beautiful writing focuses on the spiritual aspects of creating change, through contemplating her personal experiences as well as commenting on observations of the world around her. Formerly a civil engineer, specialising in value and risk management and facilitation, Emma is now a full time mum, part time volunteer, part time career advisor and full time follower of God’s calling for her as a Licensed Lay Minister.
‘I am broken. But I can be repaired.’
Woah. This girl knows how to write. I have had mild Post Natal Depression and I have had friends with much darker Post Natal Depression and to see the thoughts of a PND sufferer expressed so eloquently almost brings tears to my eyes–out of appreication for her skill more than sadness for what she has gone through. These are not dreary writings, but fierce, passionate, powerful words full of fight and determination and total honesty. Go read it. It’ll change how you view sufferers of PND.
You can also follow MammyWoo on Twitter.
‘Are you trying to cut your way through the special needs education jungle in the UK?’
Special Needs Jungle is written by Tania Tirraoro, a parent of two boys with Asperger Syndrome who has been through statementing twice, as well as regular and varied guest experts. This site is a fantastic resource offering tips, further resources and advice to parents negotiating the special needs statutory assessment and statementing process. It also features a lot of interesting posts, and a book! This blog will change not only the lives trying to cut through this jungle but hopefully the special needs services as well.
You can find Special Needs Jungle on Facebook.
‘Can an average person really create Zero Waste?’
Karen Cannard, the housewife, mother and freelance writer behind this blog, talks a load of rubbish. No, seriously! In her words: The blog was only intended to last for just 8 weeks, to chart Karen’s attempts at slimming down her bin for Zero Waste Week in March 2008. However, having realised the importance of the issue it has since been impossible to shut the woman up and went on to inspire many others. As a result, Karen’s work was shortlisted in the 2009 Media Guardian Awards for Innovation, in the Independent Media category and was also a finalist in the CIWM awards for Environmental Excellence in the category of Recycling Champion.
You can also find Karen on Twitter @KarenCannard.
If we all made this change, even just a bit, what a difference we could make to our environment and to future generations.
‘Stretched but not snapped.’
This beautiful blog, wonderfully written by Christine Mosler offers ideas for gardening, vegetarian recipies and posts on her lovely family. The ‘odd rant’ appears, but check out her tag ‘My Soap Box’ and you’ll find a wonderful collection of posts on Save the Children, World Vision and other worthy causes. Christine’s blog supports not just one charity but a holistically healthy lifestyle that includes supporting various charities in everyday life. Thinly Spread is not at all preachy, just completely lovely.
And that’s the round-up of the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging Change! Finalists! I love each of these blogs for different reasons, but they all impress me immensely with their dedication and eloquence.
Check them out, see if they can help you change something in your life!