What do blogging mothers around the world think are the five best things about being a mom? Global Voices has teamed up with Catherine Connors a.k.a. Her Bad Mother in Canada to ask this question and encourage mom-bloggers around the world to reach out and link to one another. So far, more than 85 bloggers in 26 countries have responded. But we're still looking for more.
Catherine led off with this post, introducing the idea:
A few months ago, my friend David asked me if I thought that it would be possible to travel around the world via blog. “Like Around The World In 80 Days,” he said, “but on the Internet. Around the world in 80 clicks. 80 mom-blogger clicks!” “I don't know,” I said. “But it sure sounds like a cool thing to try.” “Cool. And if you could visit, virtually, moms around the world, what would you want to talk to them about?”
Among some of the most poignant entries are, Hip Hop Grandma in India who describes how her love for her children changed how she identifies herself within her family; Bolivian blogger Capsula Del Tiempo writes (in English and Spanish) about the super powers she immediately acquired through motherhood, like “Supersonic Nighttime Hearing” and “The Ability to Tell the Future”; and Touched by an Angel, a Filipina mom blogger, writes a “graduation speech” for herself on the accomplishment of having mothered three beautiful children.
Global Voices authors helped identify blogging mothers around the world, and Catherine's friend David Wescott in the the United States took the lead in contacting them and keeping track of links to all participating mothers in his own blog, It's Not a Lecture. In his second of four updates (so far), he wrote:
This thing is really taking off. Since Catherine launched the global mom-meme, I have found about 40 posts from moms in or from 14 different countries. Moms in at least a half dozen other countries have already been tagged, and a Korean-American mom group blog called Kimchi Mamas has put the call out for Korean bloggers to participate.
Posts are bookmarked and tagged by country at the 80clicks delicious page. It's going to get much harder to keep track of everything, so if you're participating and want to be added to the list please leave a comment either here or at Catherine's post so we can make sure you are represented.
Days later, David wrote in his fourth update:
The momentum continues for the global mom-meme started at Her Bad Mother. I've found more than 85 moms in 26 countries all sharing what they love about being a mother. Here are the additions I've found – and I stress “I've found” because I'm almost certain there are a number of posts I haven't found yet…
… The meme remains dominated by [American] expats so I'm still trying to find the right standard for countries. In this case the bloggers in Italy, Bahrain and Morocco are all American, and at least one of the bloggers in Korea is a Canadian expat – but they all seem to have something that convinces me it's ok to list them in that country.
Global Voices readers around the world: Help us bring more global bloggers to this meme by writing a post in any language in your own blog about the five things you love the most about being a mother (or father!) Tag your friends, add #globalmoms to your posts and tweets, and help us get “Around the World in 80 Clicks”.