It started with an instant message from a blogger friend about another blogger who is trying to escape an abusive relationship. Her options? Stay where she is in the eye of the hurricane or take to the streets in hopes of finding somewhere to weather the storm.
Fortunately for this young woman, one of her friends is Not a PunkRocker. And by that I don’t mean all her other friends are punkrockers and she’s lucky that one of them isn’t. Because we all know too many punkrockers spoil the broth. Or how many punkrockers it takes to screw in a lightbulb.
What I DO know is that Jeanette at Not a Punkrocker… well, she rocks. She took it upon herself to not only spread the word about her friend’s need for help, she also opened up about her own experience as a victim— and how the constant mental and physical manipulation slowly destroys you from the inside out. Often to the point that seeing a way out is next to impossible because the light needed to see your way has been extinguished.
Jeanette has never met her blogger friend (who I am keeping anonymous because her abuser follows blogs as well). The term “blogger friend” is sometimes looked upon the same way as “imaginary friend.” Or “sock puppet” with “pigtails that you spend too much time braiding” when “you should be finding a job” and “moving out of your mother’s basement.” But the truth is, as I’ve discovered during the ongoing “Performance of the Year” competition at The Public Blogger, there is nothing imaginary about the support we receive within our blogging community.
Jeanette is a perfect example. She took it upon herself to establish a Go-Fund-Me account in her own name for her friend, who is in dire need of has housing so that she can get out of the living situation with her abuser. News travels fast in the blog-sphere. So do stories about naughty time, but I digress. The point is, people are already beginning to help, and all of this is the result of blogger friends coming together to help each other.
There’s nothing imaginary about that.
But she still needs help to make this happen. You can donate by following the link below to the Go-Fund-Me account set up by Not a Punkrocker for her friend. If you can’t help with a donation,consider passing this along or reblogging it to helpspread the word. It’s pretty amazing what we can do when we put our imaginations together…
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Regardless, I’m proud to call all of you my friends. Imaginary or otherwise.
(Ned Hickson is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation and a member of the writing team at Long Awkward Pause. This has been an excerpt from his first book, Humor at the Speed of Life, is available from Port Hole Publications, Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.)