Be the Change!
Last weekend I attended the first-ever BlogPawspet blogger conference. I thought I was going to meet some friends (old and new) and learn more about blogging (SEO? FTC?). Turns out I was inducted into a tribe of do-gooders intent on helping each other and every homeless pet they could find.
The most impressive session I attended, the one that resonated with me the most was called “Be the Change You Want To See.” The panel was made up of some of the rock stars of the social media pet world. Moderator Jane Harrell (a rock star in her own right with PetFinder) led Dorian Wagner (YourDaily Cute), Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, (Pawcurious), and Lynn Haigh (the queen of the Pawpawty) to inspire all of us to look inside and figure out what we can do as individuals to help change our world for the better–specifically, our pet world. (Be sure to check out my video interview of Lynn posted just before this post–she’s incredible!)
Their philosophy is that if we all band together, bringing our individual talents to the table, we can achieve huge results. And when it comes to $$$ donations, if we all give just a little bit, together it makes a huge amount.
We’re launching this movement today, with a Be the Changeblog post day. Across the blogosphere, pet bloggers are talking today about how they will be the change.
On April 21, the BlogPawty is on Twitter! We’re raising money for Pets without Parents, a shelter in Columbus, Ohio picked by the group. Please notice the First Giving widget in this post, and consider giving a couple of dollars to help this effort (remember, a little bit grows into a huge amount if we all give). Be the change!
Here’s my list of what I’m going to do to be the change. It’s not complete. But it’s a start.
~ I will continue to hold an annual, month-long fundraiser during the month of March in memory of Bailey to raise money for rescue–most likely for Small Paws. This past March, Caroline Golan (Romeo the Cat) and I raised $2,400.oo for Small Paws Rescue–my favorite Bichon rescue organization.
~ I will make contributions to FrugalDougal’s pawpawties and Romeo’s monthly fundraiser from now on, and I will do it right after I load their First Giving widget onto my blog each month.
~ I will look for more ways that I can blog and tweet to bring awareness to homeless pets.
~ I will continue to contribute to my local shelters–both money and food.
~ I will be the change, and I’ll find ways to encourage others to be the change.
What about you? What will you do to be the change?
Click the comments button. Make your list.