Monday 23 August 2010

Blogging nonsense & trying to do good!!!!

It's a funny thing this blogging malarkey....... 99.9% of the time I love it and I write this post not to upset any one particular person but because I’m a grown up and not prepared to act like I’m still at Primary school.  I’ve made some amazing friends doing this and been to places/events that I would never have even considered before.  I’m sure I’ve told you all a hundred times before that I started blogging to keep in touch with Grandma Sharon and Nelly but it kind of exploded of its own accord.

I’m aware that I’ve been very lucky in the events that I’ve been offered but as I say these are a fabulous perk of blogging that I honestly didn’t have a clue about before I started and if I was never asked to anything again then I would continue to blog. (Wow! That was a long sentence....breathe Emma, breathe!!!)

Which brings me to the point of this post.  There are a lot of us bloggers around.  Take a look just at Wordpress.  They host something like 25 million blogs at the moment and they are just one hosting site.  With that said, it stands to reason that not every blogger is going to be invited to every event.  This obviously includes me.  I’m not trying to be all holier than thou and say I never have blogger envy because obviously I do (ahem.....Nutella brekkie ;-) but what I do try to do is be happy for everyone that is invited.  Therefore it also stands to reason that when Toys R Us asked forty of us to be Toyologists there were going to be some noses put out of joint but this is the 0.1% that I REALLY dislike........

I understand that a very small minority are possibly jealous but let me tell you don’t need to be bitchy and make it a problem.   I sat in a tent with 11 other women and the people from Toys R Us and I wish that I’d videoed the conversation so that I could play it to you all.  Every blogger there had already told their kids that they either couldn’t keep the toys or could keep one or two.  We will ALL be taking part in hosting giveaways and toyologists tea parties to raise money for charity so will definitely be sharing the toy love. (I'll post more about this tomorrow!)

We had also all decided that we would be helping those less fortunate than us by donating toys to:

           Playgroups with little or no funding
          NCT groups
          Children’s hospitals
          Multiple birth groups
          Local respite centres
          Children’s Homes
          Armed forces centres for kids who won’t have their Parents here for Christmas.

So I understand that some are a little envious or disappointed that they weren’t included but not a single person there, as far as I could see, was thinking ‘oh! How fabulous that I won’t have to buy my kids anything for Christmas and they can have a bedroom full of new toys’.   Maybe if we could put the envy aside for a while we could all put our heads together and help the children that need it most?  Feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment if you can think of any worthwhile cause that I haven’t listed above!
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