If you’ve read Daily (w)rite before, you know that I help co-host the monthly We Are the World Blogfest (WATWB). But for the purposes of this post, I’ll pretend I know nothing about it, and use this prompt to interview Belinda Witzenhausen, my partner-in- WATWB, and hope that it will persuade some of you to join this event!
WATWB is an event where participants add a link and an excerpt to News that shows the good side of humanity, in less than 500 words.
A post is eligible if
-it holds the badge,
-is posted over the last weekend of the month, and
-mentions and links to a piece of positive news.
These can be added to a regular post in order to be considered as participation.
- What is We are the World Blogfest?
We are the World Blogfest is what I would like to call a “positivity” beacon, shining light through what seems to be the never-ending darkness and negativity prevalent in social media these days. #WATWB is a group of dedicated bloggers led by five co-hosts each month, who choose to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. On the last Friday of every month, we post our stories on our blogs then visit the rest of the blogs where we comment, like and share as many #WATWB posts as we can.
2. How did the We Are The World Blogfest come to be?
In January, being totally frustrated and overwhelmed with the way people were treating each other on social media I wrote a blog post titled “Be The Change”. My post was truly born out of being totally overwhelmed by all the negativity on my social media feeds. I’m not into complaining about something without first trying to do something to change it. I guess it struck a chord with quite a few people and various dialogues opened within a group of online friends, including yourself. In one of our discussions we decided that we needed to do something and while bouncing ideas around, you suggested a blogfest which seemed to be a perfect platform, thus we put together WATWB.
3. WATWB is a monthly event. Do you find it difficult to come up with a post each month? What tips would you give to potential participants?
Not at all. I think we all have a cause or topic that we are passionate about. I have a social services background and am co-owner of a website called ProfessorOwl’sBookCorner.com dedicated to children with special needs. In our monthly newsletter, we often feature profiles of “heroes” who are children with special needs who have overcome odds and are thriving. That is what I’m passionate about…I love stories about people beating the odds, ignoring labels and living life on their terms. I think if you can find something meaningful for you, it makes this whole experience inspirational. My biggest tip is to be yourself, follow your passions/causes and really involve yourself in the process. The first month might be a challenge but the more you participate the more you get out of it. Since WATWB’s inception, I sadly had a death in the family as well as some personal challenges and I found going through the posts very empowering and cathartic, it made a difference.
4. How can WATWB be beneficial to a participant’s blog?
I love doing WATWB because it spreads positivity but it also helps you make connections to other like-minded bloggers. We are starting to build a positive, global, interactive online community. We have both a FB Group and FB Page where we interact with other co-hosts, offer support and help each other out. We have bloggers from all around the world and from all walks of life opening both our eyes and minds to other global perspectives.
6. What is the one request you would make to all participants of WATWB?
PARTICIPATE!!! LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE the love! For this to be effective we need help to share the message. One of my favorite quotes is from Margaret Mead “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I truly believe this, I would love for the bloggers of WATWB to take up that challenge, changing the world one blog at a time. 🙂
7. Why should a blogger sign up for the WATWB?
If you are tired of negativity and want to become part of an amazing supportive blogging community please join us! Help change the face of social media!
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