Blog Action Day | The Power of the Internet

15 10 2008

This post is part of the excellent Blog Action Day.

So what’s Blog Action Day?

In summary, Blog Action Day is about raising awareness on a particular topic, this year poverty. The idea of this worldwide blogging event is that each blogger participating posts about poverty within the context their own blogs topic. This way the readers of the blog will be engaged as it is a blog that they normally read and like the style of. I think that the idea and principles of Blog action day are excellent and I am glad to take part.

Poverty is an issue that has been around for a long time (forever), and despite the riches in the world it is still not going away. A significant percentage of the world’s population live below the Poverty Line (on less than $1 per day). Poverty is not something that only effects third world countries, chances are that there are a lot of people in your local community that live below the poverty line.

That leads me to my post. I signed up for Blog Action Day quite a while ago, and aside from checking back at the site a few more times I’ve not thought too much about my post topic. I thought somehow that I would find inspiration from nowhere. I have to admit that I have not found it easy to write outside of my ‘normal’ topic area and will make it a personal goal to focus on my content generating skills a lot more.

Lifestyle Projects

Charities often say that the best gift you can give is time. Whilst this isn’t always possible for a lot of people, giving your time to fundraising, community work or other charity activities could have a profound positive effect on your Life and obviously the lives of those that benefit directly from the Charity. I’ve noticed that a few people defining their Lifestyle Project want to make a difference, or leave a legacy. What better way is their of doing this than making your mark on the charity scene?

Time isn’t easy to make, so I’m looking here at a few quick ways to make a difference.

Help beat Poverty online

Something that interests me greatly is the Internet, so I’ve decided to promote a few sites that help poverty for free just by using the sites whilst sticking with the idea that we are time poor so they are quick and easy ways to make a difference. What could be easier than that? With the credit crunch so widely reported (and in my opinion exaggerated) in the media, people may not have as much money to donate to charity at the moment. Here are some ‘free’ ways to donate to charity.

As Blog Action Day shows the power of the internet to quickly spread memes, I thought I’d keep it online and suggest some other sites that can be utilised in the fight against property.

Agoodcause.com, shopping for a better world.

This site has just launched globally and is a partnership between 700 of the worlds most important NGOs. The site enables online shoppers all over the world to support their favourite charity when they shop online.

Hungersite

This site enables you to donate food to the hungry around the world simply by clicking a link each day. The site works by the sponsors paying for a small advert on the site that fund the food.

Free Rice

Quit procrastinating by reading crappy celebrity news, and expand your mind and vocabulary by using this site. For every word definition you get right you donate 6 grains of rice to charity.

Charity Search engine

This search engine supports charities by donating

There you go, some quick ways to make a difference to poverty. Giving you time to make a difference whilst stilling having time to focus on your Lifestyle Projects.

I’m very interested to hear from anyone in the comments that has a personal goals to spend more time volunteering etc.

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3 responses

15 10 2008
Ellen

Nice collection of sites. Thanks. (Found you via Blog Action Day.)

15 10 2008
Alex

Great post, I myself wrote one at: http://www.guruofsales.com/general/427/fight-poverty-its-blog-action-day-today and the action has not stopped. Would you share your thoughts by a comment there as well?

16 10 2008
Chris

@Ellen – Thanks.

@Alex – Thanks and done.

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