On Drowning, Puppies and Mothers Saving Babies

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124 people shared on Facebook. (Update 7/10/11: 354 Facebook shares.)

Hundreds of others read it.

And in three days, it hit the top ten most popular posts on this site.

Last week, I wrote a post titled 4 Heartstopping Myths on Drowning Every Responsible Parent Should Know.

It went viral.

Why?

Sure, it had a catchy title.

One that got people’s attention with the words ‘heartstopping,’ ‘drowning,’ and ‘responsible parents.’

Words that evoke emotion and identification.

The information was extremely important.

Information that was timely, potentially life-saving, and little known.

But the post’s popularity was due to more than that.

On Tuesday morning, I circulated the link to the post in the usual places.

Twitter, Facebook, a couple of other venues.

Nothing much happened for a few hours.

Things started to pick up late in the day with some tweeting and a few Facebook shares.

But nothing huge.

I was a little disappointed.

Wednesday started slowish.

Then signs began to build.

I began to believe that this might blow as I’d hoped it would.

Comments started to appear.

But they weren’t comments like, ‘Great post!’ Good job!”

Comments that are pointless flotsam swaying atop the sea of bloggy commentary.

These comments said things like, ‘I have chills.’

‘I feel like I’ve been living under a rock.’

And “It goes beyond just parents knowing what to look for.”

When mothers started to share their own drowning children stories, I decided not to hold back.

I added a line asking readers to share the post.

This was too important. It was filling a need.

This information had to get out there.

It was no time for me to be shy, modest or unassuming.

I left my computer for two hours on Thursday and the number of Facebook shares doubled.

Two more hours later, the shares stood at over 80.

It was, indeed, going viral.

I gave it another push by tweeting and sharing on my own Facebook page.

I emailed my list.

The open rate of that email is over 100%, the click-through rate more than 40%.

Crazy numbers in the world of internet marketing.

And as the attention spread outwards, so did my heart, my ferocity, my determination.

And when two people unsubscribed and another reported my email as spam, it was simply collateral damage in the fight to get attention in this crowded digital age.

This thing was way more important than that.

As the numbers kept climbing, it was clear women were sharing, were pushing, were joining together.

Spreading information that might just save lives.

And prevent mothers just like us from experiencing our own worst nightmare.

Like Paul Revere charging from house to house, mothers roared with the press of a button.

‘Read this! Read this! It’s important, read this!’

The power of social networks and our natural instincts merged to electrify our primal urge to fight.

For our babies. All babies.

There was no equivocation.

We were sure, we were solid, we were right.

We were protecting our babies.

It’s what. women. do.

Michelle of Green Bean Chronicles uses her skills to write ads for shelter puppies.

When she left a shelter with her newly-adopted dog, she couldn’t leave the memories behind.

She started posting on Craigslist.

Using her writing skills to find homes for abandoned puppies and dogs left there.

Anonymously because she felt embarrassed.

Her writing increased adoptions dramatically and the director of the shelter tracked her down.

She begged her not to stop.

Michelle writes, ‘My heart swelled with pride, happiness and something more.’

She was saving babies.

Animal babies. It’s what women do.

We share, we fight, we protect.

And when we do the right thing, we know it.

Our hearts beat hard, our chests swell, our chins lift.

We are sure, we are determined, we know.

Just know.

Saving babies is our power, our right, our being.

From cuddling a co-workers newborn to scooping up a lost child.

From writing shelter ads to sharing important information.

We are drawn to it, can’t help it.

Accept it.

Yes, there are times when we’re overwhelmed, exhausted and ready to cry.

But small things make a difference and baby steps add up.

You can take them, one after another after another.

Yes, you can.

So, today, don’t look away, pretend, ignore.

Your chin will drop, your step will falter, you will be unsure and shy.

Instead look ahead, look around you. What needs doing?

And do it.

One step, one step, one step at a time.

Because being part of this surge of womanhood isn’t just inspiring.

It’s life changing.

We have purpose, a direction, a common cause.

Our footprints can make a better place of this world.

And when we use our skills, our connections, and our love for goodness, what happens?

Families unite, people smile.

Babies are saved.

Saved by warrior women. By mothers.

Protecting and nurturing.

By doing what we do.

Inspire someone right now by sharing this on your social media of choice – Twitter and Facebook, Stumbleupon, Digg. This message needs to be said. Women need to hear it.  And celebrated. There are buttons at top and bottom of this post. Thank you.

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Barbara Ling, Mama Bear
Twitter:
June 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

What an utterly heartfelt, magnificent followup….so true that we’re all capable of being the warrior mommy.

Share this with my network and stumbled it – really great writing!
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Alison Golden June 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thank you, Barbara. It needed to be said 😉

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misty June 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

Perfect follow up! That’s an absolutely amazing idea- to use classified sites for adoptions. So glad those sweet little babies are getting homes. So cool! you are absolutely right, we can make things happen… We women have a passion and drive that can’t be matched.
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Alison Golden June 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Isn’t it a great idea, Misty? Using our talents to do good things. I loved hearing that and it is something we can all do.

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Green Bean
Twitter:
June 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Alison, thank you so much for highlighting my efforts to save homeless animals. I guess you are right. It is just what we women do. 🙂
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Alison Golden June 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

You’re completely welcome, GB. And thank you for doing it. 🙂

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Bibi June 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

Coudn’t do a better follow up if I tried….just perfect and spot on…..once again.

Yes, women can move mountains if they put their heart and compassion into it….and spreading the written word and going viral helps too.
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Alison Golden June 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

Thanks, Bibi. Yes, just clicking a button can change the world.

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Nicole Rivera
Twitter:
June 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Fabulous job, Allison for summing it all up. I was explaining the power of your post to my husband over the weekend. I was explaining how it was MADE to be viral and, as I followed the comments, I saw that it was. Not just because it was well written and formed, but because the content was SO important to all of us.

What you did with that post (and I’m sure will continue to do) was powerful. Lives will have been saved. Thank you. And thank you for a shout out to for the animal babies as well (very close to my heart, as those are the only babies I have right now!).
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Alison Golden June 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Thanks so much, Nicole. 🙂 The moment I read the info, I knew it was important. I hope it will continue to be shared and shared. The process of it going viral was interesting too, because it didn’t start any differently from any of my other posts but then it caught fire. Interesting, huh?

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Mary E. Ulrich
Twitter:
June 9, 2011 at 1:37 am

OMG Alison, what wonderful news.

It was an important post that will help our babies. It had factual information that needed to be shared. Why would anyone unsubscribe or report it as spam?

I got chills from this post too. You are a “warrior woman” inspiring other warrior women.
“We share, we fight, we protect. And when we do the right thing, we know it.”

ps. Your graphic is perfect. Our children need our love and direction.
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Alison Golden June 9, 2011 at 7:25 am

Thanks, Mary. You’ve taught me as much as anyone about being a warrior woman! 🙂

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Linda
Twitter:
June 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Another awesome and amazing post, Alison. Yeah, I had chills when I read and commented on your drowning post. I’m not the least bit surprised it went for a well-deserved viral ride.

Oh, the puppies…I’m still traumatized by a relative whose dog had puppies every year, and every year they ended up in a burlap sack with rocks, and “thrown away” into a nearby body of water. That is my first recollection of trauma, and it was a former flame who labeled it as such. As I kid, I felt paralyzed with grief, anger, and helplessness.

Thanks to you and Michelle for spreading the word on animal adoptions. Off to spread the Twitter word…
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Alison Golden June 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Ugh, Linda. That sounds awful. It’s bad enough that I see sacks and bags on the side of the freeway and always look to see if it’s moving.

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Kristl Story June 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

You gave us chills, so you deserve that elated feeling of your post going viral! stumbled
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Alison Golden June 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Thanks, Kristl. I was happy to fill a need…

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Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop.
Twitter:
June 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

It was a great post! Isn’t it amazing how you can so unexpectedly fill a void or tap into a need?!
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Alison Golden June 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Isn’t it? And when you do, it’s like magic!

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Charise
Twitter:
June 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm

How fantastic! This follow up post is perfect – and inspiring!
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Alison Golden June 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks, Charise. The whole experience was inspiring as I wrote it and it all unfolded.

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Dr. Julie-Ann aka The Modern Retro Woman
Twitter:
June 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Thank you for reminding us that women do amazing things all of the time. Because that is what we do.

{Stumbled}
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Alison Golden June 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

It is. The End. 😉

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