In my last post, I answered some questions posed by Mel about whether “bridges” are needed to cross the gap between various communities in the blogosphere. I suggested that empathy and compassion are needed to cross from one world to another, with a desire to understand and support. We also need opportunity.
Well, leave it to Melissa to actually create an opportunity by building one such “bridge.” Today, she launched a new site called “Bridges: The Awareness Consortium,” a group of “compassionate bloggers who are looking to use writing to educate, tell a story, bring awareness, and build community.”
The idea is to bring awareness and insight through sharing experience, to move past simple knowledge of an abstract issue and allow the reader to connect emotionally with a real story and the person behind it. This will ideally cultivate greater understanding and enable mutual support. So listen and speak with an open heart.
Writers will add posts covering various issues, from infertility, loss and adoption to cancer, general health, body image and more. The site will host an “Awareness Blogroll,” so go add your blog and opt-in if you’re interested. If you would like to add a new topic to Bridges, please email Melissa (email@example.com). “All ideas are welcome.”
I am thrilled to serve as a contributing editor on infertility, and I may add more on adoption as I delve further into that journey too. If you have a specific post about infertility that you think could benefit a broader audience, please leave a comment or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To learn more about Bridges, click over and check it out. New posts will go up soon, so be sure to check back (subscribe or add it to your reader!). And don’t forget to bring an open heart.