2015 is over.
Our Christmas decorations have been packed up and put away. Our boys are back in school. And PRI’s Across Women’s Lives Campaign (Phase 2) has officially ended.
Having participated in two campaigns, I learned some new things:
1. I read more articles about women’s issues.
Weekly posts came through my Facebook and Twitter feeds. BlogHer helped to find newsworthy articles, and I shared ones that resonated with my interests. Some articles came from PRI, while others were from news reports that I read elsewhere.
The types of articles I read included: women’s issues in Asia and of Asian-American women, women paving a new path in their home countries, and the lives of female photographers.
2. I shared more articles about women’s issues.
My official count to contributing to the Across Women’s Lives campaigns stands at: 19 Twitter posts and 10 Facebook posts. Not bad considering my goal was to share one article per week.
Final #Womenslives Twitter Post, December 31, 2015:
Final #Womenslives Facebook Post, December 30, 2015:
3. I talked more about women’s issues.
As well as other global issues, particularly the narrative of the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe.
These articles got me to think about the world in a global context. Women across the globe were making an impact in their communities, and I wanted to help contribute to that narrative.
4. Thus, I started the Hometown Project.
While reading stories of the women making an impact around the world, I felt that women in my blogging community could contribute to the Across Women’s Lives narrative. I learned a great deal about Emilie and Paula through their interviews on The Hometown Project. Their experiences in Minneapolis and Oakland reminded me of how it takes time to find community at various stages in life.
I had hoped to find more bloggers and writers interested in participating in the project. However, I think it’s going to take time to build a blogging relationships with fellow bloggers. Thanks to Emilie and Paula, they let us into their lives and their hometown.
5. Weekly #Womenslives Link Up
Of course, I had to learn from my mistakes too. I set a link up party for female bloggers to share their stories. However, with a limited blog reach and reading other articles shared by female bloggers, I noticed that we preferred to share articles on social media. But a few bloggers regularly wrote and shared #womenslives articles about issues in their communities, and after three weekly link ups, I felt that it was best to end the #Womenslives link up party.
Overall, I valued reading and sharing the wide-array of women’s issues concerning many of us in our communities. Many women are making strides in areas that are untapped or dominated by our male colleagues. I began searching and reading more about female photographers who have made strides both great and small in contemporary photography. Now I have a personal goal to read more books and articles about female photographers. And I have to thank to the Women’s Lives campaign and other photography websites for inspiring me to read more in the field of contemporary photography.
Will there be an Across Women’s Lives (Part 3)?
I am not sure, but I hope PRI and BlogHer continues the program for years to come. It’ll be interesting to see how this campaign morphs in 2016.
Have you enjoyed reading these articles? What were some of your favorite articles?
From my hometown to yours,