CMF Blogger Megan Egerton is tops in international Blogger contest
Military wife, mom of two and our CMF blogger, Megan Egerton won 8th place in the North American blog competition from Circleofmoms.com. Egerton's blog, whileyouwereaway.org, was the only Canadian blog that made it into the competition as part of the site's top blogger contest.
According to Egerton, a top blogger at circleofmoms.com is granted the right to write articles and respond to questions posted by the all-mom online community.
"They have a really neat site. They have six million people signed up from all ranges of blog categories," said Egerton. "Their purpose is to connect moms."
This is Egerton's second year as a nominee for the top blogger contest. Last year, she placed second. A nominee gains votes by promoting the contest on her blog and social media networks.
According to the circleofmoms.com's website, their mission is to "help moms connect, both to one another and to their families, to capture and share their children’s stories and to tap a rich and authentic source of advice and support: other moms."
Encouraged by her family and friends, Egerton started her blog in 2009 as a way to reach a wider audience with her tips and advice for military families. Her "While You Were Away" book series had already been published.
Egerton is passionate about working with military families by providing support and information that helps ease the unique hardships military families face. Although deployments and courses have their stresses on the family unit, there are other lifestyle factors that affect children and spouses .
"Deployments are the biggest stress, but my husband is away constantly, two or three days a week. The truth is, military life is tough all the time," said Egerton. "The sacrifices military wives make are amazing. "
Egerton started her journey as an army wife 18 years ago. Working at the base school in Petawawa, she discovered there was a lack of support and advice at the time. She began writing tips for the Military Family Resource Centres, other military families and the school board.
"I was a guidance counsellor and teacher, and people were always coming to me for advice," said Egerton. "This led to a number of books, which were written in 2007. I also
did kids journals. We started keeping journals while on deployment. We did a story of the day, word of the day, pictures of the day."
Currently a principal for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Egerton worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor for over fifteen years. She gives workshops for PTSD and anxiety in military communities across the United States and Canada.
She enjoys working within the community and feels she is truly making a difference. "It's a time I get to act positively with people," said Egerton.