To celebrate our one year anniversary, we're going to work to highlight other sites around the Internet that are Doing Good. Every Tuesday at noon (central time, yo), we're going to bring you a story of why someone else chooses to devote their time Doing Good.
You know our beginnings. Now it's time to see theirs.
I'd like to introduce you to Jessica from Look Who Found The Marbles. Becky and I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica at Type A Parent Conference in June as part of Katherine Stone's session on Cause Blogging. She's got an amazing site that highlights GOOD in the blogging world. But I'll let her tell you all about it.
Thanks for inviting me to introduce my site to the readers of Band Back Together! What an honor!
Look who Found the Marbles is a human interest blog about social good, life and paying it forward. I honestly have no idea if there really is a category for human interest blogs but that is what best describes the site!
My background is in media research and strategy. One gains a keen proficiency in the drivers of brand engagement when you are lucky enough to work on magazine titles including: Esquire, Self, Mademoiselle, Condé Nast Portfolio, House & Garden, Wired, Cookie & Lucky. Though I loved what I did for a living, in 2009, with a second baby, a changing economy and a two hour commute from Pennsylvania to New York City it was simply time to find my next path.
I founded a site for women in the Philadelphia suburbs called BucksMont Style. It was my first foray into the blogging world and there was so much to learn. However, the most important discovery I made is that I have a passion for writing about those who have found their niche and especially those who pay it forward.
In March of this year I launched Look who Found the Marbles. The name of the site comes from the 1991 movie Hook with Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts. There was a sweet, simple moment in the movie that got me all teary eyed.
Hook is a story of Peter Pan as an adult. At one point Peter’s seemingly senile Uncle Tootles is searching all around claiming that he’s lost his marbles while the family assumes that Tootles is just crazy. Later, Peter has returned to Neverland when one of the Lost Boys approaches him and hands him Tootles’ marbles in a little pouch. Those marbles were his happy thoughts. They gave him a reason to fly.
We all think that we have lost our marbles at one point or another, don’t we? We may all have different circumstances and different paths, but somehow we all know that same feeling. It is how we go about finding our marbles and what we do with them that matters.
Human Interest stories have always fascinated me. Those are the people whose stories deserve to be told. The posts are often inspired by the people who give back; people who take a stand; who turn difficulties into opportunities.
There is also such a misconception that the only way to give to others is with your wallet but there are many more opportunities out there and so many ways to help a cause that resonates with you. I try to use the site as a platform to introduce causes and find ways in which people can help. I also love to highlight companies who are giving back.
I try to keep the site a positive place to visit. Occasionally I may feel the need to vent, but for the most part I stick to the plan. Without too many crafts, recipes and coupons there is probably a limit to how much the site will grow. Those items, along with a bit of snarkiness or a community on Ning, seem to grab readers at a rapid pace. Yet it is a risk I am willing to take because my voice is authentically mine and my readers seem to appreciate that.
The site has a few popular regular features. Each week I host a blog hop called Thoughtful Thursday with Do Sweat the Small Stuff and Rock and Drool. Recently I started a feature every other Friday called Friday Favorites, linking up some of the most thought-provoking posts from around the web.
Beyond the blog, I do strategy and media consulting as well as some ghost blogging under my company name, Look Who Media. I also serve on the board of the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, a cause close to my heart having a son with several potentially life-threatening food allergies.