What is the purpose of a missing child website? Is it simply to provide information concerning the abducted or missing child or is it to draw us in emotionally? It certainly can be an effective tool to disseminate flyers, updates, news stories or to ask for assistance. It can also, as evidenced by Missing Madeleine , site help raise substanial funds quickly.
Most of us were instantly drawn to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance for various reasons. For some it was her age and the fact her parents left her unattended. To others it was our fear of the outcome, reminding some us of the abductions and subsequent murders of Polly Klaas, Jessica Lunsford, and more recently Coralrose Fullwood.
There are no guidelines. Sites vary greatly. Should you have a blog? How often should it be updated? Should the updates be informational or emotional pleas? Maybe the NCMEC should update the “When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide“ to include sections on establishing a website and/or a blog.
If the objective is to keep us emotionally vested, as you search daily for updates, is the blog by Gerry McCann effective?
In the beginning it seemed it might provide some insight into the grief of a family dealing with a missing child. Instead it details more the hardship of catching up with friends, deciding where to travel next and what family outing was planned for the day. Maybe it is the difference between a U.S.and British interpretation of his comments.
This is not an attempt to bash their efforts. The numerous creative ways the McCanns and others have succeeded in enlightening people concerning Madeleine’s disappearance has been tremendous. The blog in a way somewhat distracts from the fact she is missing. There is no boiler plate on how they should act but with a fund of £804,550.66 or $1,607,934, the average person probably finds it hard to understand how finding suitable living arrangements is such a concern as outlined in the comments today.
If Madeleine is not found in the next couple of weks we need to move out of the appartment we have been staying in as the family is coming out for a holiday. I have to say the owners have been extremely understanding, as they came to Praia da Luz for a holiday and relocated to another apartment to save us moving again. This degree of flexibility does not exist in the resort in high season. We have managed to look at a few properties to rent in the last couple of days and I think we have found somewhere suitable to live until we return back to the UK with Madeleine.
Maybe it is the frustration of following her case with no resolution. You have to wonder though if the words of a mother coping with a missing child would impact us more than that of a possibly more analytical father?
Day 77 of Missing Madeleine from Gerry’s blog:
Is it a cultural difference between Europe and the U.S? Is the interest in the welfare of the McCann family greater than the safe return of Madeleine? Sometimes reading the blog with the exception of a few sentences, you would think you were just reading about the lives of a family with two twins. Maybe if it was about how Madeleine missed her granny’s mashed potato it would be different or how her smile was missed.
The kids are really enjoying spending time with their granny who they have not seen for two months. They partuculalrly enjoyed her mashed potatoes tonight which brought a big smile to my mums face. The last couple of days we have spent an hour or two by a nearby pool and their confidence in the water has really improved.
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