How are you on the verge? — that is the question.
Ok, not exactly Shakespearian, but it is the topic of the month for an online community of women bloggers.
Women on the Verge (WOTV) is an online community with members spanning every continent except Antarctica, where women can find support through social media — especially blogs. The WOTV blogs garner around 1,000,000 hits per month and have landed the online community in the pages of Marie Claire magazine.
Whether its a new job, motherhood or a new pair of pants, women across the globe also share their thoughts through the WOTV Twitter account, Facebook, YouTube, online radio, and more. They amass an additional 10,000 followers through these forms of media.
Although women can write about anything and everything, they all ruminate on a monthly topic. September 16th is the two-year anniversary of the online community, and fittingly, WOTV is inviting current and new members to blog about: How Are You On The Verge?
Women that are interested in joining the conversation can visit the Women on the Verge website to create an account, which is free and open to anybody —hence the two men and a male cat that are among the women members.
Founder and member Ana Lewis named the community WOTV because she’s always felt like she’s growing, learning, curious —or on the verge— just like many women out there. “Plus, the term always made me smile,” she says, adding their methods have always been a bit tongue-in-cheek.
“Ask 100 women, ‘How are you on the verge?’ and you will get 100 different answers,” she says. “Is it your career? Are you on the verge of motherhood or becoming a grandmother? Is it understanding the meaning of life, overcoming depression or some bumps in the road? What you have to say matters, we hear you and support your voice.”
Women on the Verge was founded in September 2009 by Lewis in Tucson, Arizona. Lewis previously belonged to an online community for work at home moms where she found valuable support on how to balance work and family life. However the site didn’t provide information about who she was interacting with. So Lewis started Women on the Verge, featuring profiles, or online directories of all participants. WOTV now incorporates all sorts of social media, and continues to grow its members and audience.