Thanks for all the great feedback about the Friday Feature column! I have received many positive responses not only from bloggers who want to contribute but from readers who enjoyed last Friday’s posts. All in all, it worked out great and I think it added a nice new flair to the blog. I have two new featured posts coming up this Friday and another one in the works for the following Friday. I’m sure you will love these guests posts! If you haven’t submitted a post yet and would like to be featured, please feel free to contact me as I have an open spot for you at the end of this month and in October as well. For details on how to submit a post, click here.
Other blog news is that I’ve decided to also introduce another regular weekly column on my blog called The Social Good Sundays. This section will be either written by me or by a guest writer and will focus on all the good stuff that is happening in this world (for I am getting tired about reading all the bad stuff in the news).
I am hoping to discuss different NGOs, volunteer organizations, and people who have made a difference by giving back and changing peoples lives. I also would like to highlight different topics such as global health, the environment, human rights, women’s rights, global education and poverty. If you are interested in submitting a piece for the Sunday Social Good column, please let me know. This column will probably take awhile to get going as these posts will involve a lot more research than simply writing about travel. However, as I mentioned earlier I believe travel and philanthropy go hand in hand. Thus my desire is to highlight some of the issues around the world that are impacting the places and people we visit. As I like to say, it is time to be a voice to the voiceless.
My last piece of news is an update on the August Shot@Life Campaign called “Blogust”. I had written a post called “The Power of One: Commenting for Social Good” back in early August about the campaign. Basically, Shot@Life ran a blog post every day in the month of August by a featured writer. A donor agreed to match every comment with a $20 donation or the amount of money it takes to vaccinate one child for life against four killer diseases. Well, all in all Blogust was an enormous success! Shot@Life received over 10,000 comments by August 29th! A remarkable feat!
Here is the post by Shot@Life’s campaign manager relaying the amazing news. It just goes to show the power of community and voice in impacting change in the world! Thanks for all of those who helped support the campaign by commenting, reading my posts on Shot@Life and sharing via social media! What an impact we made!
Thank you for helping Shot@Life close out summer with an amazing success story! This August, we brought together 31 of the most influential online voices in the country to help change the world through blogging. Blogust was a 31-day blog relay of powerful voices, of moms and dads who shared passionate stories of inspiration each day and then passed the baton to another blogger for the following day. Each comment initiated a $20 donation, up to a total of $200,000, to immunize up to 10,000 children in developing countries.
The response was remarkable! On August 29, with a couple days still left in the month, we reached our goal of 10,000 comments to protect 10,000 children from diarrhea, pneumonia, polio and measles. Your actions, and those of the whole community, including our dear friend Anne Geddes, made a huge impact and all together told an extraordinary story of celebrating each other while helping to create a better world. Your comments, your posts and your shared stories reached over 29 million and created a collective inspiration that is still buzzing online and offline. You are agents of change in a world where people may not believe in the power of a community to make a difference. These 11,000+ comments were inspired thoughts and heart-felt promises that left indelible marks on the life of an unknown infant millions of miles away.
To all those who commented we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving over 10,000 lives. With every comment, you showed the power your voice has to help.