Sometimes a story comes along that is just too inspiring to keep to myself. Bob and I met Dana Trentini a couple of years ago, I think.
Dana was a reader of my blog first, someone I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting until she left her first comment. Bob was introduced to her later, when he worked with her to create her very first blog.
There is a saying:
“It’s the quiet ones you gotta watch.”
The original intent was that we should be careful around the quiet ones because they may be up to no good. They may be thinking too much. Planning something bad.
But I see it differently.
I think you should be watching the quiet ones because they are the deep thinkers, the people who are figuring things out in their mind first, before they open their mouth.
The quiet ones have lots to contribute to this world. They just need their own time and space to do it.
Dana was quiet when she first started reading my blog. I didn’t even know she was there for quite a while.
She didn’t leave a lot of comments, but when she did, they were focused and to the point. I sensed that she was a sponge for information and guessed that she was a deep thinker. (My gut feelings proved to be right.)
It was obvious to me that she was a listener and a quick study. In the comments section of posts like 10 Monster Blogging Fears Worth Chasing Down and Why Most People Quit Blogging: The Princess Syndrome, Dana shared her fears about starting her own blog. All the time she was watching, listening, thinking.
Always go with your passion.
I knew Dana was serious when, after reading my post on blog taglines she said, “I am creating a blog for mothers with hypothyroidism called Hypothyroid Mom. I’m thinking of the tagline: “Improving Health, Changing Lives.”
She had been thinking about this blog for three years.
Dana’s motivation was personal. Because doctors weren’t universally testing thyroid dysfunction for pregnant women, she miscarried her first baby due to an undiagnosed thyroid dysfunction.
And out of tragedy came a fiery passion to work so other women don’t have to experience what she did. Today, through her blog, Facebook, and appearances in the media, Dana is on a mission to educate and advocate for universal thyroid testing.
The lesson for bloggers
Do not worry about whether you are a ‘writer.’ If you have a story to tell, and you are passionate, if you are willing to listen and work hard, you can bring your message to the people who need to hear it.
Today, Hypothyroid Mom has more than 4,000 likes on her Facebook page, 1,900+ Twitter followers and more than 34,000 monthly page views on her blog, Hypothyroid Mom. Amazing accomplishments for someone who is just getting started.
If Dana’s story inspires you…
Ghostweeting.com is holding a competition right now for “The Next Global Thought Leader,” people who have “important messages and big missions to change the world.”
A panel of judges chose 25 quarter-finalists. They recently narrowed the list down to 10 finalists and Dana is one of them!
What will winning mean for Dana? She’ll get VIP-level social media campaign services valued at $3,000 to spread her message, a review of a book proposal, professional social media profiles, publicity in high-profile publications, branding, and professional coaching. All that translates into much higher visibility and reach for her message.
The candidate with the most votes wins, so if you are so inclined, you can visit the page and cast your vote for Hypothyroid Mom here.
Just follow the four quick steps to make your vote count.
If you are inspired by Dana, would you share her story with others?
Social media is such a powerful tool. I do not normally promote contests people are entered in online. But her vision is so extraordinary, and her heart is so into helping other women have healthy babies, that I am sharing her story wherever I can.
And, if you support Dana’s mission, it would be very cool if you shared this blog post on your social networks—Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.
Because every single vote counts.
Note: Voting ends Thursday, June 20, 5pm eastern time (2pm pacific time).
What about you?
How important do you think passion is as a blogger?
Does any part of Dana’s story resonate with you?