Stop The Frack Attack Rally Sessions Friday With Josh Fox Speaking Live!

So when I last left off we’d all convened in a hot church to learn how to fight the war against hydraulic fracturing. I chose to spend my morning becoming further versed in the social media and media outreach. I learned about media outreach from Stephanie Spear from If you haven’t checked this environmental site out you should, Spear and her team work hard to bring all the causes to light. She taught us a lot about press releases and media alerts.

Afterwards I sat and listened to Amy Neumann from Huffington Post talk about Social Media. Obviously this is a strong area for me but I still learned a few things. She was great and I hope we meet at a future function! I’d love to team up with her and co teach a beginners blogging class with a social media class included! I think she and I both noticed how many blogging questions the attendees had and I offered up my services and had quite a few people meet me at the door for some help. I’ve been doing this a long time, going on 4 years at and I’m always happy to help.

But when I say “at the door” I mean I was bolting once this class was over. Rebecca and I were soaking wet and so tired. We simply could not stay in St. Stephens Church another moment. We down to Thaitanic restaurant for a nice lunch, just the two of us and then headed home for a nap. The heat just zapped us of all our energy. Since fracking isn’t currently happening in the community I reside I decided if we missed the National Strategy Meeting it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

At 6:00 PM Angela Fox, Rebecca and I headed out to dinner which as partly a nightmare due to parking (we should have taken the subway) and we met up with a great group from Colorado at Alero Mexican Restaurant. The food was excellent and the conversation was even better. We talked about The Mother’s Project and how we can join together and help keep this planet clean for the future of our children. Trust me when I say this isn’t some easy feat. We have our work cut out for us.

Josh Fox, Gasland, Lee Allport, Nielsen Mom, MySentimentExactLee

It was soon time to leave though, because the moment I’d been waiting for all day was coming up. It was time for the Town Hall Panel Discussion and Josh Fox would be speaking. As I’ve mentioned before Josh is the creator of Gasland and I find him to be an entertaining speaker. This time he told a Stephen King story. I’d say you had to be there, but I did a really great half ass job taping it for you so you could experience it for yourself. He talks about how the press wasn’t there.

But I was there. I didn’t raise my hand when he asked because I’m not CNN, but I am a Nielsen Mom, I have a blog with a high page ranking and really great social media following. I know how to SEO the heck out of a story to get it picked up and I undoubtedly have a Birkin bag full of traditional media contacts. I’m pretty sure I can do some good, I mean, isn’t this why I started in the first place?

Afterwards I was introduced to Josh by his mother, who was excited for us to meet. Unfortunately he was a bit preoccupied because he was in his natural habitat with friends he hadn’t seen in a long time and I respect that. However, if he is smart and I believe he is, he’ll find the time to sit down and chat with me and figure out how he can incorporate influential mom bloggers in his future documentaries, speeches, lessons and any other event in which he takes part. Because when the mom bloggers offer their help one simply doesn’t pass up the opportunity, we have far too good a track record in spreading the word. 😉

Rally day starts tomorrow so keep an eye out!


  1. Kimberly says:

    I’m sorry that a lot of the event was not too comfy but it sounds like you had a fabulous time when you met up with Josh (great picture too). It’s nice that you are making so many great contacts too. Often it’s not what you know but WHO you know, and you certainly know A LOT of great people.

  2. Marianna says:

    So very cool that you got to briefly chat with Josh Fox! if he is smart, he will quickly realize how much working with us can help him and this cause. 🙂

  3. Rachel says:

    Maybe he hadn’t heard that bloggers are more influential on purchases than celebrity endorsers ( I’m surely more likely to take a ‘mom like me’s’ opinion to heart over someone else – and the same goes for raising awareness for causes like fracking and other things that are happening.

    This is what we’ll be leaving our children – of course we care! And we want to make a change!

  4. Brittany says:

    Sounds like such an amazing experience. And how very cool is it to meet and chit chat with the awesome Josh Fox?! Wow!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Rachel’s right – I definitely take the opinion of fellow mothers more seriously than I take any celebrity endorsement. I even tend to believe a mom’s personal experience over the word of an “expert” in the field. As a matter of fact, before you and this website, I had never even heard of fracking. You are already making tremendous change!

  6. Rachel says:

    Here’s another great article about the power of bloggers – not necessarily mom bloggers, though:

  7. Mandy says:

    I wish he would read this:

    Just as we have that much influence on spending, we definitely have a powerful voice when it comes to causes and spreading the word. I’m so glad you got to meet him! Proud of the work you all are doing!

  8. Jackie says:

    Great work Lee. Keep it up.

  9. Karen says:

    I would be more than happy to write an article about Fracking on my blog. I have seen Gasland, and I was appalled by the careless way the land is being abused.

  10. Nicole says:

    I think you are amazing for writing this, and blogger have a powerful voice when it comes to reaching people.

  11. BloggersInspire says:

    Wow thank you all so very much for all this support! Anyone who wants to write about fracking I ask that we wait until the PSA has aired which is about one more week. I’m going to be begging for people to post it on their blogs. <3


  12. Joy Williams says:

    Way to be proactive! I am glad you are the voice for us mommy bloggers!

  13. I had never even heard of fracking before!

  14. RJ says:

    That is so cool that you got to chat with Josh Fox! Keep up the great work!

  15. This is the best use of social media ever.

    Good work

  16. Nichol says:

    I was just watching another fracking thing from our area, very scary stuff. Very cool and I agree he should read many of those articles!

  17. It’s a transition phase between old media and new media that everyone is still navigating, so I understand perhaps why you may have hesitated to raise your hand, but no doubt about it: You are indeed a member of the media. I’ve been a journalist for 15 years and started out typing up my articles on a manual typewriter; as the Internet expanded, I stopped freelancing for other publications and now focus all my time on my own media outlet – ie, my websites. When people are unfamiliar with the concept of blogs, I explain that it’s my own online magazine. The main difference between what I do now and what I did in the ’90s – besides the whole manual typewriter thing! 😉 – is that I now have complete control over the entire publication instead of writing for others. It’s a very exciting time to be a writer, in my personal opinion!

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