Vegan MOFO: Day 9
An Ode to Vegan Bloggers
Earlier this year one of the Don’t Fear the Vegan friends nominated me for Circle of Mom’s, Top 25 Vegan & Vegetarian Mom’s of 2012 contest. The entry was at the tail end of the contest but with a great community behind me I ended up at 15 out of 65. Aside from learning that people appreciated what I do here on the blog I was also introduced to quite a few other vegan mama’s that I didn’t know about before.
When I was first entered, the blog in the lead was A Gluten-Free Mom Who Knows, written by Priscilla Matuson. Her family suffers from Celiac disease and they eat a raw, vegan diet, both things that at the time I knew little about. The thing that intrigued me most about Priscilla and her blog was that she was in the top by a large number competing with a mom of a hugely popular blog and a mom who is a successful published cookbook writer and blogger. Of course, I began cheering for the underdog and asked our friends on Don’t Fear the Vegan to vote for her also. Some how she found out about this and returned the favor.
As the contest drew to an end the two larger bloggers couldn’t seem to catch up to Priscilla and this is when things for me became unbelievable! These two women who have had enough public recognition to last a life time decided to join forces and one of them announce on Facebook to stop voting for her and vote for the other well-known blogger in order to keep the small, unknown blogger from winning. I stopped following both of these women that day. Though Priscilla kept her lead until the last 24 hours she ended up with second, which is still amazing with her competition.
Through the drama Priscilla handled the situation with a positive, graceful behavior that is often forgotten on social media sites. I fell in love that day in the same why I love Audrey Hepburn. Priscilla became my blogger hero and I have followed her ever since. If you are interested in Celiac, gluten-free raw food, natural health, GMO’s or simply a great read check out her blog A Gluten-Free Vegan Mom Who Knows. I also highly recommend her Facebook page if you do social media where she has one great tip after another. She is also nominated for the top Food Allergy Moms, so if you are up to voting click here.
Priscilla thank you for showing it is possible to be graceful in the internet age when people behind their computers so easily lose manners and for teaching me so much on a daily basis!! You are a role model and inspiration!
This is why I love bloggers, for the most part everyone works together and cares about the success of each other. I really experienced that when I attended Vida Vegan Con last year (can’t wait for the next one). What I really like about your post is that while I really, really want to know who the two big name bloggers were I have so much respect for you that you didn’t post the names. Your post doesn’t come off as pointing fingers but as supporting a fellow blogger. I love that.
I checked out the “A Gluten-Free Mom Who Knows” blog and after viewing a few posts signed up to follow her and also on FaceBook and voted. I don’t have a problem with gluten but that doesn’t mean I don’t love great recipes and tip and her site has several. I really loved the creative ideas on her post “Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas for Your Gently-Used Gift Giving”! Very nice.
As a blogger I put a lot of effort into this blog (as do all other bloggers) and I often wonder if anyone reads or cares about what I have to say. Thanks for taking the time to respond. This made my day!! Can’t wait to meet you at Vida Vegan Con! Steffi