Blog Action Day

Every time someone who is not already in my feed reader leaves a comment I have two reactions: first, awesome! and second, yay – more sites to read. Right because I needed that. But you all are givers and I appreciate you for it.

So, when I saw a new commentor I clicked over and was inspired. Jenn is partaking in Blog Action Day. I like blogs. I like action. It’s 2008. What’s this about?

Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

First and last, the purpose of Blog Action Day is to create a discussion. We ask bloggers to take a single day out of their schedule and focus it on an important issue.

By doing so on the same day, the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue.

Out of this discussion naturally flow actions, advice, ideas, plans, and empowerment. In 2007 on the theme of the Environment, we saw bloggers running environmental experiments, detailing innovative ideas on creating sustainable practices and focusing audience’s attentions on organizations and companies promoting green agendas. In 2008 we aim to again focus the blogging community’s energies and passions, this time on the mammoth issue of global poverty.

The organizers also ask participants to donate their site’s earnings to charitable giving.

But my site generates zero revenue.

You can help make a difference by participating in the discussion. I’ll donate $1 for every distinct commenter to the poverty post (up to $100) to microfinancier Kiva. I love the microfinancing option. Such a small amount makes a monumental difference. I’ll post in enough time to make the October 15 deadline. I’ll also post the receipt so you all know that I’m not shady.

Help me put my money where my mouth is.

Hat tip: Something to Say: about Life in The Nederlands

7 smart people left their mark:

  1. Kelly O, 26. August 2008, 10:59

    You are very, very cool. I thought about doing it this year, but, man, I’ve had almost no computer time these days. I’d hate to commit and then flake.

    I should just commit and do it, I guess.

    But then, it’ll probably turn into one more thing I’ll feel like I’ve let down. Not sure I could handle the guilt.

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  2. kelsey, 26. August 2008, 14:34

    That is awesome girl!

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  3. Maria, 26. August 2008, 14:38

    That’s an awesome idea. I’m off to check it out!

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  4. melissaz, 26. August 2008, 14:50

    I’ll have to check that out, too.

    And I love the microfinancing, too. It is such an easy way to make a real difference for others.

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  5. Tracie, 26. August 2008, 20:05

    I’m going to check it out. Such a great idea.

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  6. Cacklin' Rose, 27. August 2008, 12:38

    I don’t know what Blog Action Day is, but I clicked over here from – dang. I forget where, but she had a big fat suck and you mentioned Doctor Who and I fell a little bit in love with you.

    Cacklin’ Roses last blog post..Good Stuff

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