Blogathon is officially up, running, and accepting donations. Here is some background information about this global charity event.
Since 2000, Blogathon has happened once a year and for 2009 it’s July 25th from 6:00am until July 26th at 6:00am. I first heard about Blogathon in 2006 from Barbara and Alanah. I followed their 24-hour campaigns, pledged, and then participated in 2007. The idea is for participating bloggers to publish posts every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight. Along the way they are encouraged to collect pledges (using the Blogathon.org pledge system) in order to raise funds for the non-profit of their choice.
In 2008 the Blogathon site was on hiatus so in its spirit I created Blogathon Vancouver. I hosted a wiki, a site, promoted the bloggers, and also ran my own campaign. I was joined by 11 local bloggers, such as Duane and Raul that I met up with during the campaign, and together (for each of our causes) we raised over $10,000 in a single 24-hour period.
For 2009, the official Blogathon website is back up and running (thanks to a small army of wonderfully dedicated volunteers). I’m happy that I could expand this event in Vancouver and that people like Duane have moved it out in to the Fraser Valley and beyond. I’m thankful for all of the support the event has received so far, and that I could get Kontent Creative to make some special website badges and banners.
I was hoping to promote and support the other area bloggers again this year but despite my best efforts, there are so many that are taking the ball and running that I’m not sure I will be able to do this. This is certainly a good thing since I love seeing bloggers using their sites and publishing powers for a good cause. Feel free to head over to the Blogathon website to view a complete list of participants from around the globe.
As for my personal campaign, you can be assured that come July 25th I’ll have 24 hours of fun, entertaining, and informative content pouring out on Miss604.com. I will also have some great prizes to give away during that time including something for whomever makes the highest personal donation to my campaign. I will also be hosting a 24-hour tweetup at Workspace during the Blogathon so that any participants can use it as a home base and we can get some visitors in to keep things exciting.
My cause once again this year is the Union Gospel Mission located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to help make a difference by supporting their work.