I started blogging last year as an experiment in social media.
First, I wanted to test drive a blog to learn how it worked.
Second, many of my posts were about my adventures in social media. I shared my thoughts as I went along, hoping to encourage others in my small circle of acquaintences to give it a try. Naturally, as I became more interested in different types of social media, my blog updates became fewer and far between. Those of you who are observant will likely see a correspondence between the lack of posts and my introduction to Facebook and Twitter, but I am not here to point fingers.
So why have I started again?
I first joined Twitter after watching a video by John Haydon. He was kind enough to introduce me to others interested in social media and social change, and not long after that I met Danny Brown, the founder of 12for12k. What is 12for12k, you ask?
The 12for12k Challenge is the combination of social media and fund-raising that aims to change the lives of millions worldwide.
Its aim is to raise a minimum of $144,000 for 12 charities over the course of 2009, with a new charity being supported every month. All proceeds raised go directly to the chosen charities.
The concept is simple:
- 12 months of the year
- 12 charities, a different charity each month
- $12,000 per charity
After sitting back and observing this initiative for a short time, I decided that I wanted to be a part of it. I requested a 12for12k avatar for Twitter, put the badge on my Twitter background, and happily tweeted about the amazing charities spotlighted each month in the hopes of making a difference.
But now I want to do more. I’ve started up this blog for a couple of reasons. First, to help to promote 12for12k. Second, because many people on Twitter have asked me why I don’t have a link to a website or blog or ANYTHING to help them learn a little more about me and my interests. So here it is.
I’m not sure what this blog will be about, if anything in particular. You’ll most likely catch me musing over random things. Regardless, I appreciate you stopping by and look forward to connecting here or on Twitter. Cheers!