What we can do together – our online power

The power of we has always been strong – our online world has often made that power more obvious, more influential and I guess more powerful.

links between blogs connect the world

links online connect the world

We have power online because today we can combine our voices in ways we couldn’t do in the past.

We can connect with new people to find a community of support and to raise a combined voice that is louder than our individual voices – think of people with a specific, uncommon interest or issue who would probably never meet in the real world but can find each other from across the world via the internet.

Bloggers acting together

Today is Blog Action Day.

Nearly 20,000 bloggers around the world are all blogging today on the same topic – the power of we.

Blog Action Day in itself is an example of the power of we – 20,000 people with diverse blogs, from different countries, using different languages, adding their own experiences and perspectives to discuss one important topic. Bringing awareness to their communities and influencing the world.

This year the theme is the power of we, but in the past topics have included water, food and climate change.

Think about the impact of thousands of bloggers sharing a message with thousands more. Together, bloggers can and do make a difference.

More power of we

There are many examples of how the power of we works , and how the internet, blogs and social media have enhanced that power.

With the connection of twitter, people in Egypt stood together and showed their government how they felt about things in their country. Alone, each person could do little; together they were heard.

Bloggers are having an impact on girls in Sierra Leone, too. Problogger wore a dress to a conference to raise funds and Love Santa will put Santa in a dress to get more girls into school. Many others are doing it in a dress, sharing the word (and pictures!) in blogs and other social media. Together we can get girls to school and change Sierra Leone for the better.

When a nasty radio DJ in Sydney insulted a journalist, people spoke out on the Change website – his advertisers pulled out and he had to apologise. People had a boundary and told him he crossed it. Phone calls from irate people would have had less impact in the past. Like advertisers pulled away from another DJ when he insulted the Prime Minister’s later father.

If you watch things like trends on twitter, you can see how people can increase the popularity of a topic. And how making people more aware of it gets it spread more – that is, once a topic trends, people talk about it more (this is what we talk about as ‘going viral’) and talk about the fact it is trending.

Sure on Twitter, many of the trends are about meaningless things, but sometimes, there is a trend because people make the effort to bring an issue to the fore. Like I expect BAD12 to trend today.

How will you use your power?

What online activities do you get up to? Can you use those activities to make a positive difference in the world?

What little thing will you do TODAY to build the power of we?


* Image courtesy of  Word Constructions

Age appropriate books for kids’ gifts

Giving books to kids is a fantastic gift.

Why? It encourages reading which is such an important skill, it develops imagination (which helps problem and solving and creativity in life), it is a healthy pursuit, it is a change from computer games & TV (it takes more imagination, too) and broadens their horizons.

But buying gifts that suit the child isn’t always easy – knowing which book is for which age group can be tricky. I wish books had it written on their somewhere – I have seen it on a couple of books but it is not the norm.

And it isn’t just reading ability which is easier to judge by looking at the book – the content of the story is critical but impossible to fully comprehend without reading it.

I’ve found one online bookshop that puts books into 3 groups (babies & toddlers, 4 – 8 year olds and over 9s) which is a great start but it is actually the over 10s I find hardest to pick in a store.

Another one divides children and young adults’ books into some detailed categories, which is uncommon, but doesn’t help much with the age range unfortunately.

So if the bookstores & publishers aren’t making it easy, we’ll have to do it ourselves! Over coming days, I’ll add posts for each age range to share some recommendations and hope you all will share your knowledge, too.

Climate change action day

Last week we encouraged everyone to read about climate change as part of blog action day. Following on from that, this Saturday is the International Day of Climate Change where we can again make ourselves heard on this issue.

A few facts and details about the 24th October:

  • likely to be the biggest environmental action on the planet to date
  • events are being held across the world (see our side menu to find your closest events) and images will be posted online to a common gallery
  • the aim is show everyone and especially those involved in the Copenhagen discussions, the importance of 359.  “350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for parts per million carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. 350 is the number humanity needs to get below as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change. (Watch this animation – scroll down the page). “
  • reducing global carbon emissions is really our only hope to get below 350 and slow climate change. We can all do a bit towards that and our leaders in Copenhagen need to do more

As you join in events, let us know so we can continue the discussion about affecting climate change.

How much have you read about climate change?

Blog action day yesterday was awesome for those of us now into Friday! And it is gearing up to be even busier today with the rest of the world catching up to us!

SO how many blog posts have you read about climate change in the last 24 or so hours? Has anything jumped out at you as new or helpful, perhpa s agreat idea you can grab to make a difference?

As per yesterday, we will list a few more related posts to make it easier for you to get into the event… and you’re welcome to add comments about other blog posts (including your own) on climate change.

If We All Just Do Two Things We Can Prevent Climate Change by TreeHugger

Reading the world on Blog Action Day by Global Voices

Blog Action Day: Your chance to leave a legacy by Oxfam International

A Green Tour of the Google Campus by The Official Google Blog (maybe you can get some tips for your home or workplace)

Fix the Climate, or the Kid Gets It by Mother Jones

Climate Change by Classical Bookworm

5 ways to reduce your global warming contribution | Zible by Zible

help eliminate poverty

Food and climate change by Emma

Australian climate change resources

Global warming is so uncool

Resources on climate change

Public relations: helping the environment

Climate Change Action Day

As climate change is something for us all to deal with, not just our leaders in Copenhagen next month, we are joining the Blog Action Day for Climate Change by listing a number of sites discussing climate change today.

Blog Action Day for Climate Change

Conserving water

Climate Change is a business concern too

Aussie songs for climate change

Compassionate Climate Action

Technology in our classroom

BLog action day to fight global warming

Climate code red

Top 20 ways web developers can reduce their carbon footprint (and these tips mostly apply to us all – check out number 17 if you run any sort fo website.)

The Mr Science Show

Marketing for climate change

Life is better barefoot

Focus on nature (assuming you can ignore the flashing header which is very annoying, they have some beautiful photos)

VCE Environmental Science

Food from afar

The squiggly line

(note in order to get this list going, we haven’t read all these posts properly so can’t promise they are great, lol! However, we didn’t list the ones we didn’t like at all, and only reviewed a sample anyway.)


As you come across more blog posts about climate change, share them as comemnts. And please add your comments on any of the issues raised by Blog Action Day for Climate Change. The more we talk about it and share ideas, the better chance our planet has…

Doing business online?

If you do business online, why not share your thoughts and experiences in a survey? Quick and easy to complete, this survey is finding out how small  business uses the internet in Australia – will the results support the MYOB survey results posted a few months ago?

As well as the survey, we’d love to read your comments here – why did you start an online business (or part of your business)? Do you think it is good or bad, or something in between, that is is so relatively easy to start a business now the Internet is readily available to many of us?

Some May Madness…

The annual Save Time Online May Madness celebration is underway, but here are a few of the specials you can grab this month…

Save Time Online feature listings booked during May and quoting “May Madness” will get a 15% discount on the listing fee and any other advertising booked at the same time.
Precious Water will give a 10% discount for all custom-made water tanks sold to people mentioning May Madness when ordering. Offer ends 31 May 2009.
Every new project booked with Word Constructions during May 2009 will receive a free edit of the content of one webpage.
Business Mums Guides is offering the Easy Peasy Straight Forward Guide to Business Planning for only $5 instead of $12.50. Available via paypal only until the end of May.
The Business Mums Magazine is offering 35 word classified ads for only $5 if booked (enter the code MM-2009) by 31 May 2009.
Baubles, Bubbles & Bags is offering a $5 voucher to spend on our site.  Code to enter is BMNMAY. 
Just us kids is offering FREE delivery – enter the code BMNMAY at the check out.
Vista Print is offering 50% off various printed items – that is MAD!
Lifetime Health is offering a free Wombat Baby Snooze Mate when you place an order over $250 placed before 31 May 2009


More listings will be added throughout the month so keep checking for bargains! And if you run a business, you can join the madness*, too, as the more we offer, the more fun it is for everyone!

* Want to join May Madness? All family-friendly Australian businesses and websites are welcome to participate if they meet the following criteria:

  • make a genuine offer to people throughout the month of May
  • promote the May Madness promotion by linking to this page as often as possible 

May Madness!

Yes, It is the first of May and that means the annualMay Madness Save Time Online May Madness Mayhem 

Every year, Save Time Online bring you offers from a collection of businesses so you can save money and time from one place.

To find out about the offers and specials, just visit our May Madness page. Find the specials that will save you time and money, and follow the link to that site to start saving.

Keep coming back as we add offers throughout May as more and more businesses join in the madness.

If you run a business, you can join in, too. Simply make a genuine offer to people during May, add it to your website with a link back to our May Madness feature, then we’ll add your offer to the collection.

Enjoy May!

Historical books about women

Given that it is women’s history month, we wondered what books you have enjoyed about historical women and events?

We’ll see about getting some related book reviews up this month, but will also try to review some of the books you tell us about, too.

The following books may be of interest if you want to read about women who have made a difference…

Ornament And Silence: Essays On Women’s Lives From Edith Wharton To Germaine Greer

Who says I can’t? a modern woman trying to help other women succeed in business

Julia Morgan: Architect of beauty

Real Lives Caroline Chisholm learn about one of our first social workers

Helen Keller: A life descirbes the lives of two women – Helen and her extraordinary teacher Annie Sulivan.

Go ask Alice is the story of drugs and our future women.