I’ve long believed that blogging not only has the potential to build the reputation and income of people and businesses but that it also has the potential to give something back to the wider community.
I’ve seen this happen in a number of ways over the past few years and have attempted to do it myself on occasion also. Cameron Reilly and I had a long chat a few weeks ago while we travelled to a conference about how some of the new media networks that are out there could give something back in some way. We wondered what impact we could have as bloggers, podcasters and networks if we all focussed our attention on building awareness, raising money and lending expertise of charities.
It seems we’re not alone with our conversation as the bloggers at 9rules have just launched 9charities – a great idea to identify 9 charities per year and help them by developing their web presence for free. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
Blogathon – I also wanted to let readers know that I’ve decided to postpone my next blogathon for another month. For those who don’t know about it – each year (this will be my third) I blog for 24 hours and ask readers for donations and sponsorthips for a charity. I post once every 15 (ish) minutes for 24 hours (my goal is 100 posts over the 24 hours). In doing so my aim is to raise money but also awareness for the charity.
The reason I’ve postponed it (I was hoping to do it before the end of March) is that for the past few weeks I’ve been struggling with bronchitis and I just can’t throw it off – partly because of the long hours I’ve been working. As a result I’m not sure it’ll be a wise move to spend 24 hours awake blogging as each time I’ve done it before it’s left me pretty exhausted. I’m taking 10 days off early in April so once I’m back from that I’ll begin working towards it – hopefully at the end of April.