Bloggers I Wish I Were More Like #2 - Heather SpohrKatie Allison
Recently I started a new series of posts called, “Bloggers I Wish I Were More Like.”
The title I chose for this series truly does say it all; these are women who really do inspire me in various but quite specific ways, and in my BIWIWML features, I am going to be laying out exactly what qualities each blogger has that I aspire to acquire (or improve) for myself.
My first BIWIWML featured blogger was Rebecca Woolf of Girls Gone Child.
And now, without further ado, I present to you….
Blogger I Wish I Were More Like #2:
Heather Spohr of The Spohrs are Multiplying
A – Her momblog has become one of the most popular in existence, with monthly readership easily rivaling that of many popular magazines and local newspapers, yet The Spohrs Are Multiplying (awesome blog name) remains warm, accessible, honest and personal. Even as Heather’s profile has risen, she’s never pulled away from her readers or become “different” or more aloof. That’s a risk when you become a rockstar in any media or entertainment medium, and I’ve certainly seen it happen with some other bloggers, but Heather simply doesn’t let it happen. The same things that made readers love Heather from the beginning are still 100% present in her blogging today.
B – Heather is more than “just a blogger.” She’s also an incredibly entrepreneurial person with all kinds of projects and platforms going on at any given moment. This is how she makes a living, and she’s damn good at it. She’s a panelist with Momversation, a contributor here at Babble Voices, she’s a sought-after representative for companies and brands seeking to connect with mothers, she is a popular speaker at events and conferences, and last but not least, she’s a partner in an innovative media company called Mouth Media. And again, she does ALL OF THESE THINGS while keeping it real on her own blog. That takes talent and it takes genuine authenticity as a human being.
C – Despite her success as a blogger and businessperson, I’ll bet that if you asked Heather what she considers to be her most important role beyond wife and mother, she would say “philanthropist.” And her success in the area of charity work is, in fact, remarkable. Sadly, Heather’s philanthropic efforts arose out of a specific and profoundly terrible kind of tragedy – one that she and I have in common – the loss of a child. Mike and Heather Spohr lost their beautiful daughter Maddie on April 7, 2009, and it was out of their pain and loss that the non-profit organization Friends of Maddie was born. Friends of Maddie supports the families of critically ill babies by easing the transition into NICU life and providing an ally until the end of their child’s hospital stay. In addition to the charity work Heather does as co-president of Friends of Maddie, she’s also a fundraising force of nature for the March of Dimes. Heather’s grief-inspired action for good is a HUGE influence on me. I want to live my life in a way that honors my son Henry, just as Heather is doing for her Maddie. Although Heather’s “formal” philanthropic work is impressive enough, there’s something else that Heather does for others; she’s always there for a grieving mama like me who may be few steps behind her in this uniquely hellish journey, and who might need a few words of encouragement on a tough day. While that loving mother-to-mother support can’t be counted in dollars raised, it’s more quietly meaningful than Heather likely realizes.