I guess it is the time for the year end blog post. For me, of course, it is my first.
This last year has been transformational for me. I had a sort of online presence at the start of the year, but it has literally blossomed. And curiously, the February Christchurch earthquake is largely to thank/blame for that.
Even so, March 2011 I managed the grand sum of 12 tweets. Mostly to the Rachels (Hansen and Goodchild). Maximum of 4 tweets a day over the month. April saw a nine-fold increase to 123. On a couple of days I managed to make it up to 13 tweets. Wow. This was the month of Amanda and Boganette. In particular, these last two really triggered my activity. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, I believe it is these two wonderful women who spurred me on to do what I have done this year.
By July I was up to 1000 tweets a month.
At one point I was really concerned about the people who just continued to suffer the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes. I started keeping an eye on the #eqnz hashtag, actively looking for people who seemed to need support. And where I could, I would tweet genuine messages of concern and support. I knew there was nothing practical I could do, so emotional support seemed the next best thing. I was really amazed at the response. At just how much of an impact it made. Some of these people are now some of my best and dearest friends. Special mention here goes to Allie and Carly.
Others were brought to me through the emergence of Slutwalk – in many countries.
One Tweep really struck a chord with me, in particular when she tweeted about her domestic violence issues. She tweeted about her alcoholic and emotionally abusive husband. One day, I saw a tweet of hers come through. Just one word.
Then a little later
Husband in temper
Apparently it worried a lot of people. Vidyut is a well-known and well-respected Indian blogger. I was immensely proud to be one of those there to support her.
I also found a number of incredible young people. Some teenagers who are doing marvellous things to prevent teen suicide and bullying. An active involvement in supporting those who have been bullied, those who are affected by teen mental illness and are contemplating suicide. I tell ya, StopBullying is one amazing kid – who demonstrates a maturity few adults seem to manage. A 13 year old going on 30. Then there is another teen running the account Stop Suicide Now. It is young people running accounts like these, and others, that really give me hope for the future.
Thinking about this further, it seems unfair to single only some people out. But the people I follow are just amazing.
The year has brought be closer to my niece. This was particularly since finding out about my brother’s (her dad) throat cancer.
This year also saw the birth of this blog. And one of the highlights of my posts has to be the one about my introduction to feminism. It has been a bit patchy, some of it has been great. Most of it has been therapeutic.
All in all, 2011 has been a really crappy year for most people. In particular New Zealand has seen so much trauma this year. November didn’t help much with National “winning” the election. But so many people’s lives have been turned upside down or totally destroyed. I have been extremely fortunate. And I have felt amazingly blessed to have been able to simply be there for a whole heap of people.
Here’s looking forward to 2012 as being a year of huge possibilities and great achievements. a healing year. Once again and always, arohanui to you all. Thank you for your support, feedback and love. It really has meant a lot to me. My life has changed forever because of it.
And with that, announcing this post will be my 9000th tweet. Two years and I reached 2000. Ten months and I have more than quadrupled it. Whew.
Oh – and happy 80th birthday to my Dad today.