I’m ashamed to admit that I get a little bit excited about tweeting and blogging. Probably more excited than is healthy, if I’m honest. Sometimes I’m so excited about it, I wake up too early. Which for an already early bird is not a good idea. Often when I wake up it starts with a 5.
On Wednesday I woke up even earlier and even more excited than usual. It was the start of S2S2D – Shoulder to Shoulder to Day, a month long series of blog hops to keep our blogging friend Emma’s (aka Crazy with twins) spirits up while she is in isolation following radiotherapy. I felt honoured to be a part of it and wanted to help get it off the ground and get noticed.
So I started tweeting, using the hashtag #S2S2D, plus the hashtag I created #EmmasArmy – because I’m not part of the team that came up with the S2S2D concept, but I am supporting Emma every step of the way by running Race for Life and just being there for her. I wondered if we could get the hashtags trending. There were a few of us tweeting and lots of retweets going on. Other blogging campaigns have got trending, but Emma herself suggested we needed the radio or a celeb on board to get it trending.
So I started small. I tweeted BBC Radio Gloucestershire, our local station, plus a couple of its presenters. Just to get it trending. But they saw its potential as a story. They wanted to feature the story of Emma’s fight against cancer and the support of the blogging community – most of whom have never met each other, but who feel like friends.
Next thing I knew, I was at the radio station doing the interview. I think I was able to talk confidently and passionately about what this will mean to Emma to have the support. Someone who blogs and tweets a lot finds happiness and comfort through doing these things, which may be hard for non-social networking muggles to understand. But I know how much this will mean to Emma.
I may have also slipped two random words into the interview ‘umbrella’ and ‘rhinoceros’ as a challenge set by my colleague. He now owes me £10 sponsor money.
In her hospital room, Emma has no human contact. Nobody comes into the room at all, but she has a mobile so she can tweet and a hospital phone so she can speak to the outside world. Physically she is alone, but she can see there are people there for her all the time through twitter.
And she was even able to do a radio interview herself! (But we didn’t get it trending.)
If you’d like to hear us – it’s here. This is the full version of the programm and you can hear me at 43 minutes and Emma at an hour http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01879yg
This will be her until Wednesday 29th May.
This is a little podcast version, which has a short bit of me and a lot of Emma! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019g001
The podcast version will be there forever!
Next up, the regional TV are interested. Emma’s going to be a star! Not a bad day’s freelance, unpaid PR work for this press officer 🙂 It has been probably my most satisfying couple of days as a blogger to date.