November 17, 2009

Free Anissa

Earlier today, spurred by the recent discussion on Twitter about blogging for money and bloggers disclosing their income, I got a little fed up at the blogging community.  I was longing for the day when blogging was purely about sharing a passion with whoever wanted to read it.  I was longing for the day when making a simple connection with another blogger who happened to live in another part of the country, or even world, was cause for joy.  I was longing for the time when blogging was simply about creating community and supporting each other in our common crusades.

And then, out of the blue, I heard that a fellow blogger had suffered a stroke.  Anissa is one of the few bloggers that I have met in real life.  We met at BlogHer and her infectious personality and winning smile drew me to her like a moth to a flame.  I have admired her strength as a mother as she chronicled her daughter’s bout with cancer and I have laughed at her zany sense of humor that often borders on obscene.  She’s genuine and real and well-loved.

And I’m not the only one who thinks so.  I follow a little under 1,ooo people on Twitter and it seems almost all of them tonight are sending Anissa prayers and support.  I have seen several references to blog posts regarding Anissa’s condition and I am suddenly reminded that the blogging community is still there for one another.  And today, I want to be there for Anissa.

I ache for her and her family.  I’m sure her husband Peter is struggling with untold emotions.  I’m sure her children are scared for their mother.  I feel helpless being across the country but I know that we can help in some small ways.  Tomorrow, I’m told, the ladies at Aiming Low (Anissa was the creator of this blog) will be setting up a P.O. Box for people to send gift cards to support Anissa.  Right now they are asking for restaurant gift cards, movie and video rental gift cards (for the kids), and even hotel and gas gift cards so Anissa’s family can be supported as they travel to Atlanta.

Please keep Anissa in your thoughts and prayers.  She is a wonderful woman with a family who loves and needs her.  And she has a fellowship of friends who love her and need her too.  If you would like to help, please visit Aiming Low for more details.


  1. It’s good to see that the blogging community is alive and well. There will always be people out there looking to exploit something (and this is no different) but I think there will always remail those dedicated ones at the heart of it who remember the whole point of blogging and building friendships.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Anissa and her friends and family.

    Comment by momma sunshine — November 18, 2009 @ 5:40 am

  2. Everything that you just said – Ditto.

    Comment by Chicky Chicky Baby — November 18, 2009 @ 6:46 am

  3. Thanks for this post. I don’t know Anissa, but many of my Twitter and Blogger friends do. I’m heading over there now to see what I can do. Every little bit helps.

    Comment by PJ Mullen — November 18, 2009 @ 7:03 am

  4. Exactly. Every single word.

    Comment by Issa — November 18, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

  5. This is something that I respect and admire about you, your passion for making a connection. I saw yours and others tweets about this today and stopped to pray. I hope Anissa pulls through.

    Comment by Kami Huyse — November 18, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

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