The day my blogpost went viral

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

Yesterday an article I wrote spread like wildfire and the family featured received a lot of negative feedback.

The article was republished and shared via iVillage and Mamamia. Which was super exciting… until the comments started rolling in.

Hundreds of people – mostly women – expressed their outrage via Facebook saying nasty things and mocking the family featured in the story.  

The mother is harmless and did not intend to upset or offend anyone.

Go Fund Me, and other crowdfunding platforms, have been used for various causes including ‘help me get overseas’/ ‘help pay for my wedding’ and other much more trivial requests.

The woman featured in my article approved my article AND the use of the photos and even thanked me for it when it was live on my blog.

Due to the negative reaction, the husband isn't happy - which is understandable.

I know I did the right thing my end by advising her there could be some backlash and that there could be the opportunity for it to get a lot of interest which the mother agreed to.
AND letting her approve it before it was live and again when it was live on my blog.

A popular TV show and a newspaper also expressed interest in covering the story and interviewing the mother also with the goal of raising awareness for their cause.

I have now removed the blogpost in question to avoid any further embarrassment for the family.

Thanks so much for your support.

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  1. I'm sorry this happened. I didn't get a chance to read the article before it was taken down but I can appreciate how excited you were to have the article go so viral and to be picked up by those two websites, only to feel disappointed after such a huge negative response. I think regardless of peoples opinions they could have exercised a little more respect.

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    1. Thanks so much Vicki. Yes it was a controversial topic and I didn't want the family to feel humiliated. x

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