It is not often that something comes along so fittingly inspirational as the Never Seconds blog (see it here: http://neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk). If you have not yet heard the story ‘Veg’ as her screen name is, is a 9 year old girl who has become an internet sensation. She began writing a blog about her school dinners, taking a photo each day and giving them several ratings. When she began in early May her school dinners did not leave a lot to be desired but as they blog gained more popularity things began to change. On the 9th May she reports waking up to find her blog had received 25,000 hits she ends the post stating she is now at 42,000 hits and that she hopes one is Jamie Oliver.
Her post the next day reads:
Big news, I have gone viral! 105,000 people have visited my blog and thanks to all of you. Even bigger news my dad got a tweet from Jamie Oliver!
“Shocking but inspirational blog. Keep going, Big love from Jamie x”
I am really glad he looked in and it has put a smile on my face. I was a bit nervous going to school but everyone was great and I’m glad I haven’t upset anybody.
The story goes on further with the popularity growing and growing. She is now beginning to appear on TV and radio talking to others about her blog and what she has found.
I have shared this blog with my class and we have discussed the effects that the internet has had in empowering this girl to improve her school meals. The internet gave her a global platform to share her views and in this case it gave her a massive audience. This is a fantastic example to show the children why we are sharing our experiences and learning; how we can benefit from it and ultimately that they can make a difference.