A Message from Our Founder:
I witnessed the power of online community in a very personal way earlier this year when father blogger, Oren Miller, passed away from cancer at the age of 42. His remarkable wife, Beth Blauer, is my cousin.
Oren was a mystery to me. Thoughtful and soft-spoken, he drew me in with his dry sense of humor and clear love for my cousin. His overwhelming intellect and thick Israeli accent were intimidating at first, but we eventually found common ground through blogging.
One of Oren’s favorite roles was that of father to his two children, Liam and Madeline. Already a longtime blogger, he began writing about life as a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his son in 2007. Five years later, he formed the Dad Bloggers Facebook group, which began as a small circle of dads and quickly grew to more than 900 members.
When news of Oren’s illness first broke, the Dad Bloggers group immediately came together to raise funds so the family could have one last vacation together. After collecting thousands of dollars in just one day, it became clear they were looking at more than just a trip to the beach. In the end, $41,000 was raised to help the family with expenses.
This online community of fathers is what inspired us at BlogathonATX to create a scholarship in Oren’s memory.
And the winner is…
It was hard picking just one winner from among the contest entries. Each one tells a unique story about the importance of community—online or off. After much consideration, we are pleased to present SimplyV with a free ticket to #BlogathonATX for her thoughtful essay about how she took control of her health and created a community for others with similar experiences. We’re grateful to each one of our entrants for their willingness to share their stories online. Congratulations to you all!
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read and share our contest entries. You make up a very special online community, and I look forward to seeing you all in person at BlogathonATX on September 26th!
Blog on, people.