Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.
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In the last 24 hours I have been feeling that I have a fairy godmother. First I got a message that 'Scottish Lass' had become one of my first handful of followers on Twitter. Then I noticed that she had written a very helpful and encouraging comment on my last blog. In the blog I had expressed my ambivalence about joining the Twitter universe and using social media more but Scottish Lass explained why I might find it all more helpful and less of a hassle than I thought.
An hour or so later I realised that Scottish Lass had tweeted on The Scots Crisis of Confidence and this tweet has now resulted in a number of other people signing up to get my tweets (and perhaps buying the book?).
All I know about Scottish Lass from her Twitter profile and her blog is that she calls herself a "Scottish net feminist seeking digital enlightenment, geek fulfilment, promotion of Scottish women on the world map and, oh aye, global harmony.' Her last blog post at the beginning of January was a helpful list of the women in Scotland who recently received an honour.
The fact that Scottish Lass is a pseudonym, and she keeps her true identity secret (or at least not visible at first sight) shows that she isn't promoting herself – no hope of good contacts for future consultancy, for example, or book sales for that matter.
This is why she seems to me to be a fairy godmother – giving out helpful information and making contacts on Scottish women's behalf with nothing obvious in return.
As another feminist I hesitate to use the term fairy godmother to describe Scottish Lass as there is something very Disneyesque about it and slightly boring. I suspect there is something a bit more gallus about her – more like the Lone Ranger: 'Who is that masked net feminist?', I want to ask as she gallops off to the next helpful thing she can do to promote Scottish women.
Thanks Scottish Lass and I look forward to more encounters.