From Humble Beginnings: Guest Post by Jennifer Burden

5 Jan

A little more than a year ago, I was wandering around on the WordPress site during a quiet lunch hour, and I stumbled across a blog called World Moms Blog, a group blog that had a handful of writers from three or four countries. I was just starting to take blogging seriously at the time, and I was hungry for opportunities to write. I emailed the founder of World Moms Blog, Jennifer Burden, and kind of wriggled my way onto the list of writers.

A year on, World Moms Blog is more than just a blog. It’s become a social project. There are more than 50 writers from all corners of the world. Women from all walks of life tell their stories, share their dilemmas, and take readers on their journeys through the parenting jungle. Jennifer has started looking at ways in which to use the blog to make the world a better place, and she has even formed some relationships with representatives of the United Nations. Through World Moms Blog, she has promoted awareness of some important issues, like infant pneumonia, and vaccinations for children in impoverished nations. It is my pleasure to give Jennifer an opportunity to talk about her visions for World Moms Blog.

It’s been over a year since World Moms Blog was founded. At the beginning, I thought it would be easy to find international moms to write, but it was an uphill struggle at first!

Today, we write from 17 countries and have over 50 bloggers.

And I have been creating relationships with international foundations, such as the United Nations Foundation and the GAVI Alliance to find ways in 2012 for our global mothers to help raise maternal and children’s health awareness around the world.

We have added both, a Human Rights and Social Good column, in addition to our daily posts, Saturday Sidebar question and Sunday’s Travel Itinerary (written by Kirsten @runningforautism!)

The international writers have been stellar.  Their thought-provoking and well-written posts have attracted and persuaded more amazing mothers to join our mission.

And speaking of missions, this year the World Moms Blog writers helped create our mission statement, as follows:

*Connecting mothers around the world through their stories.

*Promoting understanding and tolerance of other cultures, religions and nationalities.

*Encouraging discussion of important motherhood/parenting/cultural topics.

*Creating a support system for mothers via the blog.

*Helping to promote our writers.

*To strive to create opportunities for social good to help mothers and children around the planet.

We couldn’t have accomplished what we’ve accomplished so far without all the pieces of the puzzle.  It would be impossible to do all the editing, scheduling, writing, welcoming, new writer selection and social media myself.

The synergy and enthusiasm of this global group of women, all mothers, is contagious!

Keep us on your radar.

Help us promote diversity and understanding.

Help us save the lives of children.

You can do this by sharing this post with a friend.

We hope you’ll be glad you did.

Jennifer Burden
Founder/Editor
World Moms Blog

www.worldmomsblog.com

Twitter: @WorldMomsBlog & @JenniferBurden

Thank you, Kirsten, for inviting me to guest post today on your blog.  I want to recognize your volunteerism and writing contributions to the scheduling and writing of World Moms Blog and send you a big THANK YOU!  You are an important piece of our puzzle, and it’s been so great working with you. Here’s to more fun in 2012!

(Photo credit: Jennifer Burden)

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7 Responses to “From Humble Beginnings: Guest Post by Jennifer Burden”

  1. Galit Breen January 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM #

    Love reading you here! 🙂

    • Jennifer Burden January 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM #

      Thank you, Galit! We’re happy to have you on board at World Moms Blog writing from Minnesota, USA! 🙂

      Jen 🙂

  2. runningforautism January 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM #

    Jen, your dedication to this project is admirable. You have worked so hard to turn this into something great – and when I consider that you have built this up, first in the advanced stages of knocked-upness, then while parenting a newborn – all I can say is WOW. Thank you so much for sharing here.

    • Jennifer Burden January 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM #

      Kirsten,

      Thank you for the opportunity to post on your blog today. Your editing help on World Moms Blog is invaluable!!! And, I really appreciate your support of what we’ve created!

      Jen 🙂

  3. Polish Mom Photographer January 5, 2012 at 4:45 PM #

    Great to be a part of such a great community! Thank you Jennifer for the opportunity!

  4. Shari amicucci January 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM #

    Jen,
    Your strength and knowledge empower us all

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