I’ve had a few things swirling around my head that I want to talk about… so of course I did none of them. Not really. I’ve been wondering if I should say anything about this, and if there’s any way to really say it without someone taking issue to it. Ah well, that’s life, yes?
There have been challenges and goals issued as part of the 2011 Social Media for Social Good campaign. (See? Not all campaigns are bad!) I love that – I think it makes people step up, and participate. It’s that extra little push that makes people motivated, or willing to take part. An example being Avery Flynn’s small press challenge. She wants 50 small press authors to donate, at which point she’ll double her donation to $100. Many small press authors have already donated, which is beyond great. If none had yet, if 50 small press donated, even $1, that’d be $50 total from various people. Added to Avery’s additional donation? A $1 contribution becomes… $100 all told!
And did you know you can feed a child with only $1 a day? The nutritional packets they’re giving malnourished children for a meal cost around 50 cents. (Less, actually.)
But the point of all this… is the comments. Why comment? There’s no reason to feel bad, or inadequate for not donating. Believe me, I know it’s tough out there. I’m unemployed, and … there’s actually a term experts are using for “people like me” Class 10 something I think… anyway, no reason to go into more detail. Leaving comments is a way to participate, and show that you care. Letting others know, that’s huge too.
There are some people who are donating amounts per comment. For example, $5, or $10 per 100 comments. Thus, why limit the number of comments? There’s no cap. Excess rules here!
I’m not going to explain why donation amounts or challenges has been issued. I know oftentimes people (celebrities?) on twitter say “I’ll donate10 cents or $1 for each time this tweet is RT’d” – and generally there’s a limit. Some people say “if they have the money, what’s the point of the RTs?” I argue that this situation is different. I’m not going to talk about sacrifices or limits, I have no idea what anyone else’s financial situation is. But… it’s nice to know people care.
It’s not about “look at me” – this is a community – and others, coming together. Romance readers, writers, editors, publishers, anyone, showing that we realize there is a very human crisis occurring in the world, and that we care. It’s encouraging just to see the positive reaction and empathy people have.
And of course, there’s that whole you know, Social Media for Social Good aspect.
So far we’ve raised $5,217.00 (I’m assuming we can get the 10 more comments to push us to 400. If we get more comments, that number will go up.) I’m hoping we can up the donation, but if we don’t, that’s still an incredible number. If I did the math right… this amounts feeds fourteen children for a year. That’s pretty incredible. Or, if you want to say putting a malnourished child on the nutrition packet for ~3 days brings them back from the brink of death? We’re saving the lives of one thousand seven hundred thirty-nine children. That’s amazing.
Each comment counts – the fact that you cared enough to take the time to leave a little message. Not everyone is willing to do that.
So thank you. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment, donated, and is spreading the word. It’s always nice to see and realize something is bigger than the individual. Let’s keep this thing going! <3