Friday, June 01, 2007

comfort and consultation

Those lovely blogrhet women started something fierce recently when they issued the call to answer the whys and reasons to our blogging evolution. And while I am really not a meme-fan, I am fascinated by the ins and outs of the journey to here. So when Lawyermama and Kyla hit me up I decided to answer one of the questions instead of them all. I am nothing if not contrary.

3. Can you point to a stage where you began to feel that your blog might be part of a conversation? Where you might be part of a larger community of interacting writers?

I had been blogging for about three months when I did a series that explained how one plused two. It started with this and after the series ended I started to notice a change; I had told my story, and that started the embers glowing. And then I took it a bit further, sharing my pain and angst about things in our world and I realized once more people are listening because they felt that pain and angst too. My words mattered. And that was wholly mindblowing. But I sort of pushed it to the side and kept on writing what moved me, whether the mundane or the societal, whining or hollering or just simply sharing.

But then came the social justice evolution. The words here resulted in a proposition that turned into a wedding, and from that the Just Posts were born. And six months later, they are thriving still. Every single month I am humbled and honored to see the crowd that gathers around the fire to share our collective voices, bringing issues out in the open, nudging each other along. And then I realized it: We Are Community. We Are In This Together. And there is freedom in this - to be challenged and awestruck and amused and moved to tears by words alone. Sometimes it's easier to consider this realm less real, but in many ways I think it is more.

There is so much power here. And to prove that, I am going to push it this month, because for our May Just Post Roundtable I am not only asking you to sing, but I am asking you to pay for your supper. It's ballsy, I know. But there's a grassroots organization that is helping, housing, and loving children orphaned by AIDS in South Africa, and we are going to raise some money and help them. They need our spare change more than we do. It's that simple.

I'll tell you more about this amazing place over the next week, but be so kind to set aside $20 (or whatever you can spare) because we are going to raise over a $1,000 this month. We are, because I believe in all of us and I know we can do this. I was always lousy at math, but if 50 people give $20, we're money (literally, for once). I am getting all tingly just thinking about it. And That Is How I Know I Am Part Of A Larger Community Of Interacting Writers.

It's time for our sixth Just Post Roundtable. If you have a post of yours or one you've appreciated that was written by someone else, please send them my way to girlplustwo (at) yahoo(dot) com by June 7th and I'll send you the button. Go on. It's good for the soul.

We'll link all posts and anyone who refers one (or more) in our Just Post Roundtable on the 10th. If this is new to you, please feel free to check it out at the Just Post buttons to your right.

27 comments:

slouching mom said...

i'll bet you (we) can raise more than that. if only so that we can show the world that as a community we may be more real than real-life communities sometimes are . ;)

whaddya say, blogosphere?

am i right?

for example, jen, you could come up with a particular day on which all of your readers put in a plea on their own blogs for this cause. then you'd catch not only yours and mad's readers but all of our readers too...

KC said...

Love this. And yes, I'm with slouching mom. I think we can raise more. Absolutely. Recruitment. And maybe even a monthly drive for the cause of the month...

I'm thrilled so many people read you, jen. It makes me really happy.

kristen said...

Yes Jen, I'm in. xo

Julie Pippert said...

I think that's awesome!

If 50 people put the call out on their blog, then at least 50 more people will see it, and if only ten percent of those people respond...

Well, it could be huge. :)

And I love your blog. I love your stories.

QT said...

Count me in! Although I have to say, I have almost perfect overlap in readership with you, so factor that in to the equation.

I love that you are doing this.

NotSoSage said...

You know I love you for this.

I'm interested to hear more about your choice.

Lucia said...

Awesome! I'm in!

Christine said...

Me too, me too! I don't have a huge readership, but i bet someone will come by and look.

Thanks, Jen, for spearheading this.
Let us know if you think of a date to do this.

Aliki2006 said...

Count me in, too! Great, great, idea...

Mad Hatter said...

Ya! Let's rock it!!!

jen said...

;Wow, everyone, thank you!

I will put up a post talking about the home and the work they do in the next few days and then talk about it again on the 10th at the Just Posts. And yes, if you want to talk about it on your sites, that would be awesome.

I think it's definitely something we can do more of. I know I can't wait to see what we can do. Thank you, so much.

thailandchani said...

Looking forward to the next round of Just Posts... as always.


~Chani

Hel said...

I love you Jen, really I do.

If I can meet you I promise I will die a happy woman.

meno said...

I made a promise to myself that i would never ask for money on my blog. I feel it's important to keep that promise, but i will be very happy to contribute my own money.

Deezee said...

From my little perch on the hill I've seen your voice grow and grow. It's beautiful. And your innate or cultivated call to action is a gift to us all. Yes, you will have many partners in your fundraising. Brava.

Lawyer Mama said...

I'd love to participate. And I like the idea of a designated day to talk about it/hit people up for money. I'm in & I'll post about it too.

Thanks for answering the BlogRhet question. I think your wedding happened at about the time I was starting to understand this sense of community too. I remember reading all those wonderful wedding gifts. And the Just Post awards were a wonderful idea.

thailandchani said...

I'm not hip enough for the BlogRhet clique, I guess... but still just the same... want to say that I am very definitely pleased to have come by this site, geez, 9 months ago now!

Keep writing.. .and send a link for the donation. I'll look it over then. :)


Peace,

~Chani

Kyla said...

I am in! And would we have expected anything less than contrary from you, my dear? Well done.

flutter said...

very cool. I'm in

crazymumma said...

The why's and wherefores of how weyouthem got here are fascinating.

Who's the organization babe? The Stephen Lewis Foundation?

Her Bad Mother said...

I'll do anything to support you, and this, and us, and everyone. Know it. Call me on it.

xoxo

alejna said...

Jen, you inspire in so many ways. I can't wait to see where this leads. Or where you lead.

Marymurtz said...

Count me in...you rock!

Bon said...

count me in too...and i'm so glad you posted the proposal. i'd always wondered how the wedding came about, since it was before my time.

i think you make a beyootiful couple and are doing good, and i'm proud to know you both.

Laurie said...

I'm in...let me know what I need to do.

carrie said...

You have made such a big impact in such a little time.

I am so glad to bear witness to it.

Go!

Carrie

Catherine said...

Hey there! I just found you via this meme, which I just completed myself (obviously running a bit behind) and now am back to read the others.

Although, now that I'm here, I feel like I may have been here before. Deja vu? Or just forgetful blogsurfing?

Its nice to "meet" you. :)