About Mary Lee…
Mary Lee Robinson found herself suddenly widowed in February of 2013. Finding herself very much alone, Mary Lee was led to create a Social Group for widows and widowers (or as she fondly refers to them and herself, “wids”).
Next she gathered 25 other “wids” who wanted to participate in the writing of a book The Widow or Widower Next Door, a collection of 25 questions answered by 25 “wids.” The book is aimed at anyone who has ever met a widow or widower, is a widow or widower, or may possibly become a widow or widower. In other words, we think it should be read by everyone.
Our culture simply does not know what to do for grievers, or that we grievers are often really alone. New widows and widowers haven’t the faintest idea how to adapt to their new circumstances. There is very little information available, presently. It is her passion to improve that culture through education.
Toward that end she has also co-authored Grief Diaries: Loss of a Spouse, Grief Diaries: Hello from Heaven, Grief Diaries:How to Help the Newly Bereaved and contributed to Grief Diaries: Loss of a Parent, and Grief Diaries; Hello from Heaven. All are available on this site in the web store as well as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Mary Lee Robinson is also a Certified Grief Coach, American Assoc. of Christian Counselors, a speaker, and a proud member of the National Grief & Hope Coalition.
View her TV interview, talking about her "Set an Extra Plate Initiative" here: http://wpde.com/news/local/myrtle-beach-woman-asks-families-to-set-an-ex...
About her blog…
The blog, The Widow or Widower Next Door is new, beginning in earnest in May of 2016. It is her hope to bring inspiration, hope, encouragement and information to the grieving. In addition to inspirational quotes and articles, she is bringing products and strategies to the attention of a population whose needs have suddenly changed. The demographic for all of her media platforms are widows and widowers aged 45 to 70,both male (25%) and female (75%) who reside all over the USA as well as the British Isles, Canada and Australia.
Almost all are active on Facebook, about 70% are active on Pinterest. Her readers and followers are enthusiastic rookies with rookie social media technical skills and most receive her posts on mobile devices. Few of her niche readers are active on Twitter, but her professional associates are. The readers other interests include home décor, healthy cooking and recipes, travel, fashion and makeup, inspiration and quotes, and some are avid readers. Most have a need to learn about home and personal security as well as financial organization, management and planning.
About her influence…
All blog posts are shared to Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Many are shared on The Grief Toolbox's Facebook page and the Grief Diaries page. The statistics for Pinterest and Facebook accounts are:
Pinterest (started June of 2016):
- Average monthly views – 156,372
- Average monthly engaged – 7,230
- Average monthly growth – 16%
Facebook (started in 2013):
- Followers- 7,572
- Average monthly reach – 8,163
- Average monthly engagements – 2,805
The Grief Toolbox
- Followers of The Grief Toolbox's Facebook (where her posts are featured) - 530,443
- Followers of Grief Diaries's Facebook (where her posts are featured) - 22,442
Mary Lee has been seen and heard recently on WPDE and WRNN:
- WPDE TV News http://wpde.com/news/local/myrtle-beach-woman-asks-families-to-set-an-ex...
- WRNN Hot Talk Radio https://www.dropbox.com/s/mp3fbzl6tv12aak/MARY%20LEE%20NOV%2014%20%284%2...
- South Strand Newspaper https://www.southstrandnews.com/news/author-works-to-help-other-soul-survivors/a...
- Facebook Live/International Grief Institute https://youtu.be/-g_4fFhKJwI
About her sponsors:
Current sponsors include Lower Cape Fear Hospice, WPDE TV ABC affiliate, WRNN talk radio, Crady's Restaurant, Coffee Nerd and Encore Florals & Gifts. We welcome additional sponsors.
About her strategy…
At present, there are a countless grief writers and posters on Facebook, and very, very few on Pinterest. While many are addressing deep grief and grief support, there are none found that are approaching the practical aspects of adapting to widowed life and all the changes that brings. Arenas such as meal planning and cooking, building a new social life, reinventing one’s fashion appearance and home security are all in transition upon the loss of a spouse. Her hope is to fill that vacuum and fill an unmet need with informational and educational blog posts, videos and pins. In short, she wants to lead a "Widowlution"!
About contacting her…
Mary Lee welcomes opportunities for write product reviews, participate in product give-aways, sponsorship opportunities as well as speaking engagements. To contact her to pursue a dialog or request a media kit, her email is [email protected]