The Power of Social Media Can Make Change Happen
I want to start out by saying that I love social media and blogging! Not only have I made lifelong friends through social media and blogging and been able to participate in some amazing opportunities, but I’ve also been able to have a career where I can help provide for my family while taking care of them as well. Having a career in social media is not something I ever imagined doing, but I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity and support from family and friends to do it. My husband has especially been supportive and consistently stands behind me and routes me on. I am truly amazed at the power of social media and the changes that have happened through it!
Not only am I grateful to have a career in social media because it’s a job I love and it lets me earn money while being able to take care of my family, but through social media, big things can happen and have happened! I have never felt so much support from other women than I have through blogging.
Just the other day, myself and five other moms were tagged in a meme that went viral. The meme was entitled, “Which of These Suburban White Moms Are You?” It was brought to my attention by several family members and friends who contacted me through Facebook after it was shared on a well-known site. When I first saw my picture, I was really surprised because I had not given anyone permission to use it and I knew exactly which blog post it came from on my site.
Much of the issue with my picture in the original meme was that it was taken without my permission or knowledge without proper credit. As a blogger, it takes a lot of time, effort and money to create the photos we use on our blogs. Using images either requires getting permission from the owner of the photo, as well as giving proper credit, or paying for a subscription to have the right to utilize images from stock image companies. It’s a huge misconception that any image placed on the internet is free to use, like so many of the people in comments have said. Just because you see it does not give you the right to just take it and use it how you please.
I believe that moms were being put down in the viral meme – even without knowing it. As mothers, I don’t feel like we should be classified into any specific category. Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had and I know that I do a little of everything. As mothers, we do a variety of tasks, including teaching, creating, nurturing, cooking, cleaning, driving, and much more. We’re all individuals with different personalities and characteristics, yet in motherhood, we all have a common bond.
After discovering the meme, I shared about it on Facebook and immediately had several other bloggers standing behind me and offering supportive comments. Several of them even left comments on the post of the big site, asking them to take it down because it was a stolen picture. Myself and another blogger immediately went to tumblr (where the post originated) and filed a DCMA.
After two days of waiting, I am so excited to say that it was removed from tumblr. I am so amazed at the power of social media and the changes that can happen when we stand behind one another and support each other as both moms and bloggers! Thank you to all of those who have been supportive through this interesting turn of events!
Have you experienced a big change that was made thanks to social media or blogging?