Adoptive Parents Network is ready to start the New Year! With a complete website Make-Over and the formation of the APN Advisory Board we are getting excited about all of the exciting things planned for 2009.
Our New website is just starting to take shape and if there were 37 hours in the day things would be much farther along! However, the best things do take time to create and we are sure 2009 is going to be a very productive year.
The next phase of plans (today) is to get This Blog incorporated into the Main website and start thinking about how it will be used. We hope to make this a place where Adoptive Parent Bloggers can connect and support each other--as Bloggers!
We look forward to writing more Blog Reviews, as well as offering some exciting contests and incentives. Most of all we are looking forward to offering opportunities for talented writers to contribute in a variety of ways!
The Adoptive Parents Network experienced a number of changes and a few set-backs in 2008 but, we have decided to view these blips as another example in parenting! Sometimes we just need to get up in the morning and do our bests even when there are road blocks to stumble over!
We invite any adoptive parent bloggers to join the Adoptive Parents Network and take part in creating a resource of information, support and social connection. The APN Blog Network is bound to include those parents with a passion in writing (blogging) and building their own Internet Home to share intelligent and creative information.
Our bloggers don't need to hang out on our forums, or plug into chat rooms! The APN Blog Network is just one part of our vision and mission. We do however view the APN Blog Network as one of our best ideas for connection with each other.
We believe that because we are parenting children who have an adoption story which includes sensitive and personal information about Their Lives that our parents should take every effort to maintain control over the content published on the Internet. We view the Personal Blog as one of the most simple ways our parents can maintain total control over all of the details of their child's lives written.
Many of us have become members of a variety of websites and shared details about our children on websites we don't control. Some of us have posted things we may wish we could delete or edit and find it's impossible. We feel it's important to help educate other adoptive parents about implication of posting and writing about our children on websites we don't control.
We also believe the quality of the content our parents write on their own personal blogs is far superior to the thousands of posts found on the average adoption related forums. Most Forums seem to offer and require the SAME posts to be made over and over about the same things. Why continue to write the same forum posts over and over? Especially, if it's written on a forum so many are "BANNED" from and then left with no ability to edit or remove in the future?
By writing a Blog an Adoptive Parent has control over the content shared, and won't likely be banned from their own blogs--left with no control years later over words written?
A personal Blog means adoptive parents have control over the content of their words as well as some fantastic ways to connect with quality thinkers and writers. Why keep rephrasing the same advice, information and support over and over on a forum when a personal blog makes it possible for YOU to write these things once and add to them in a logical way?
If you don't have your personal blog started yet--what is stopping you? Why not make 2009 the Year you stop hanging around on some forum posting about which new car you think would be nice or the fact that your child's school is driving you crazy? Why spend your day posting and checking for answers when your blog has a built in comment system and you can also control the content posted TO YOU because it's your blog and you decide who says what on it?
We encourage you to consider the number of hours spent on all those other Adoption related websites and the fact that aside building an Internet friendship and sharing information what else do YOU GET from it? Why give your time to a website that uses your contributions for their OWN Income when you could be writing on your own Blog and generating your own profit from your efforts.
Why give your insight and support to a website where other's can respond to your words with posts back to you that may be hateful or offensive? Why spend your energy dealing with one website administrator infamous for Banning those who don't come from the same side of the adoption triad--or just because they have too much power? Why risk investing your passion and sharing so much only to be one of the thousands of members banned and then unable to control the contributions to their ego?
How often do you feel that you spent any free time you had in the day writing forum posts for some business to make a buck off your efforts and then ban you for objecting when you are torn apart for Not using the exact politically correct term... How often do you feel that you took great effort in making an important point in a post on someone else's website--only to find it was edited or deleted because someone else took objection?
Your Personal Blog is YOURS. As a blogger you Write what you want to write and you make the edits. You choose the comments you want connected to YOUR words. Those who enjoy and like your blog will come back, follow, comment and link up with you--Those who do not will go away when they find no way to "control" the content of your words.
...and how often do you feel your time posting on some forum was time spent doing little or nothing? Do you ever skip doing the laundry because you can't fold and type at the same time and you REALLY need to add your 2 cents before someone else says another stupid thing about something YOU know a lot about from personal experience?
We invite you to start your blog if you haven't already! The Adoptive Parents Network is about to give you a place to share what you have with those who will value your insight and support and the opportunity to do so with total control of your publicly published content... and we are about to offer you a way to make your words count!
It isn't that hard to create your own Blogger Blog... Just visit Google, create your Gmail Account and then visit your Google Account and create a Blogger Blog... Within just a few moments you will Seize Control of your content, time and be ready to Join the APN Blog Network for an adventure in 2009!