This may be naive given my recent recovery from a spell of writer’s block, but this Sunday, I’ll be doing a blogathon to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance with fellow badasses Kate Donovan, Chana Messinger, and Mike Mei. SSA Week is the organization’s annual fundraiser, and this year two supporters have pledged a $250,000 matching donation.
There are many reasons to support the SSA, such as the excellent training it provides for young activists and the support it gives to secular students in parts of the country where atheism is extremely stigmatized.
I love the SSA for these reasons and also for much more personal ones. The SSA is the reason I’m involved in this movement to begin with. It’s indirectly responsible for most of my fantastic friends and partners, for the success of my writing, and for the fact that I’m here on FtB now. Some of my best memories from the past year or so have been of SSA events, of people I met through the SSA, and of conferences I’ve traveled to thanks to my involvement in the movement. And the awesome things that have happened to my life because of all this have helped me mostly avoid depression for almost a year.
SO. That’s quite tangential to why you should support the SSA, but I wanted to share it anyway because it’s not entirely irrelevant. It’s not just any organization that could create such a supportive, welcoming environment, that could bring such cool people together to do activism. There are many organizations that are important and that I donate to regularly, but few have been so important to my own life and personal development.
Now, the blogathon! Here’s how it’s going to work.
1. I’ll be publishing a post every hour from 10 AM to 6 PM central time this Sunday, May 5. No, they will not be as long as my normal posts. 😛
2. If you pledge at least $10 to the SSA, I will do my absolute best to write a post about anything you choose! It can really be anything, even personal stuff about me (fuck knows I’m not modest about that). So, if you donate at least $10, let me know that you did so and tell me what you’d like me to write about! You can donate here. (Also, I know I said anything, but please for the love of cheezits don’t make me write about thermodynamics or British politics or something. Nobody wants to see that.)
3. If you cannot donate at least $10, you’re still welcome to submit suggestions for posts! I’m going to need them.
This is my first blogathon ever, so we’ll see how it goes. My writing style is usually more like, sit on an idea for days until I’m thinking about it so much that I can’t focus on anything else and sit down and suddenly produce a 1,500-word post, so this will be quite different.
Wish me luck, and please give me post suggestions and, most importantly, donate!
10 thoughts on “I'm Blogothonning for the Secular Student Alliance!”
Happy to have donated, small, but every dribble helps. How about connection (power) between rape culture, violent sports, incessant push for perpetual war, as a topic for your blogging……so many other things to connect, racism, sexism, classism….what comes first, “chicken or the egg”? I am still asking myself that question as I study every day, looking for more connections to more answers.
Keep up the fantastic work, in all you do, you are a model for us all, thanks.
Thanks so much for donating! Is there anything more specific you’d like me to talk about within that topic? It’s a pretty huge topic, albeit very interesting. 🙂
Yayyyyyy 😀 I’ve got at least one topic waiting–we’ll see how well we survive 😛
I have two which are about as different from each other as you can get, haha. 😀
I only see one? I’m writing about coping with anxiety definitely, and getting an email later about another one which I don’t know about yet.
It was a Facebook message!
I just donated! I’d like to hear the top 5 things you are excited about for the upcoming Women In Secularism conference. Doesn’t just have to be certain speakers, but anything you are looking forward to doing or accomplishing while there.
Thanks! Will do! 🙂
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