For those of you who think blogging is just about people sitting in front of a computer, writing posts, tweeting out random thoughts and waiting to get famous, you’re all wrong. Blogging is about so much more than that. One year ago, I ran a fundraising campaign right here on The Culture Mom to raise money to provide leading-edge prosthetic limbs to women & mothers who became amputees as a result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. A year later, I raised many more thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through an integrated Social Media Marketing campaign. I also took part in a viral campaign that took on hunger in America and ended up on ABC News. Listen to Your Mother, a show I was so proud to be involved with earlier this year raised $600 towards the amazing organization Room to Grow that helps impoverished families get back on their feet. I see the value of Social Media for Social Good and hope to achieve far more in this area as I head into the second half of 2012. I see the value of having a voice and how it can be raised and I admire any blogger who uses their voice for purpose. Blogs are viral, they can travel so far and help people who need it most. We just need to figure out how to best utilize them for a greater purpose.
I just came across this amazing campaign called BLOGUST – a movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines where they are most needed. It’s a first-of-its-kind blog relay for good that is bringing together 31 of the most influential online voices in the country to change the world through blogging. Each day throughout the month of August, one influencer will post about someone that inspires them and then “pass the baton” to another blogger for the following day. The twist is this: every comment on a Blogust post will initiate a $20 donation to help immunize a child in a developing country*. View the calendar! Personally, I think this is amazing and am so impressed by this dynamic and innovative way to help people. Check this out:
You have the ability to make a real impact by joining the conversation. For every comment made on posts that are part of the relay, $20 will be donated to Shot@Life, to help provide a child in developing country lifetime immunity from some of the world’s deadliest diseases*. With just a comment on a blog, anyone can help save a child’s life.
To ensure the Blogust relay continues through the month of August, and to continue saving children’s lives, world renowned photographer and Shot@Life Global Advocate, Anne Geddes, has launched a fundraiser on Crowdrise to help raise more money to provide vaccines for children in developing countries.
Here are the posts to date where you can leave comments on to raise money to help save a child’s life – leave a comment on each one (so $20 can be donated for each one):
Upper Case Woman: Why Comments Matter for Blogust Shot at Life’s Blog Relay (actually, comments are closed)
CC Chapman: Clarence Smith Jr. Inspires Me
Amy Graff/Baby Center: Write a comment on this blog post. Save a child’s life (literally).