We all know her. We all love her.
TaCL : the internet-famous TakingAComputerLunch.
Over the course of the 6+ years of AuPairMom, around 2,200 different people have contributed to the blog by offering advice in the comments.
It’s TaCL’s 5 Year Anniversary on Au Pair Mom, and I think it’s time we celebrated her. Don’t you?
One of the reasons that TaCL is so famous, and it’s the same as the reasons why we are thankful for her, is that she’s had a powerful, positive impact on this community. It’s not simply the volume of her comments, or the length of time that she’s been participating, but rather the usefulness, relevance, and straight-shooting kindness that her comments offer.
Here’s just a glimpse of TaCL’s impact:
Other commenters have referred to her/her ideas in their own comments over 350 times.
TaCL has contributed not just through comments. She’s had some guest posts on the front page of the blog, and emailed me and others ‘backstage’ with more private advice.
You need help? TaCL is here.
After a few comments we start to get to know you. Many of you we get to know pretty well, because you comment regularly enough and honestly enough that we get a sense of the details of your lives, and of the depth of your spirits.
Over these 5 years, we’ve learned about The Camel and the challenges of a host child with special needs, we’ve learned that her son can rarely find his library card, that her DH does grocery shopping and teaches their au pairs to drive, that TaCL is not afraid of the ‘reset conversation’ and that she has an honest, thoughtful, helpful idea for any problem you can even imagine.
Other than that, though, TaCL is a bit of a mystery. For example, do you have any idea how many comments she has contributed to this blog?
[Note: the person who guesses the closet number and mentions this in the comments, before Dec 15th, will win a copy of my favorite-right-now book, Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed.]
That’s not the only TaCL mystery.
- Does anyone know her first name?
- Where she lives?
- What else she reads on line?
- Why she ever chose this nom de mom?
- Whether she’s ever posted as someone else?
More importantly– does anyone know what we’re going to do when TaCL’s kids age out of the au pair program, and she’s not a host mom anymore?
I can hardly bear that thought, and I’m not alone in dreading that day.
I am Thankful For…
I am thankful for the 2,200 people who’ve commented directly on the blog. I’m thankful for the 530,000+ readers who’ve come to the blog, read the stories, posts and comments, and for the large portion of those readers who’ve taken wisdom from the blog and applied it in their own families to improve their host family-au pair experiences.
I am thankful for the other frequent commenters, those active now and those who’ve been active in the past, because there are about 50 members of the community who we could describe as co-creators of the blog. (I wish I could write about all of you– and maybe over this next year, we will??)
Without you, without them, this blog would just be me opining into the void about what I personally think is the best thing. Which after some point would be both boring and limited in its usefulness.
I am especially thankful for the wisdom of host parents like TaCL, who’ve made it so much easier and more meaningful to be a host parent.
Are you feeling thankful for the moms, dads, au pairs, and au pair professionals who comment on the blog?
Let’s use the comments to call out some contributors and community members whose participation on the blog has made a difference in how you enjoy being a host parent or an au pair.
And just this once, TaCL, let us show how much we have learned from you.