Friday, July 19, 2002

An update: I've finally decided what to write about: chocolate. (I changed the title & color scheme of this blog to something more appropriate.) 24 hours of chocolate: I promise this will be the sweetest part of the Blogathon! If you've got any chocolate-related "requests," hit the comment link.

Thursday, July 18, 2002

A week from this Saturday-- July 27-- I will go sleepless in the South for 24 hours, to participate in Blogathon 2002, a fundraising event for charity. Basically, bloggers who participate must post something every 30 minutes, and sponsors will send their money directly to the charity the blogger is supporting.

I'm supporting Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, a non-profit organization that makes business loans to women in the US who have solid ideas for businesses, but usually cannot qualify for a traditional bank loan (perhaps they don't have a lot of collateral, they don't want to borrow a lot of money, this is their first business loan, or something like that). Count Me In also provides educational opportunities and consulting for women entrepreneurs. The same folks who started "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" started Count Me In. I love this idea. Not only does this help the women gain economic independence and realize their dreams, but by starting businesses, they help create jobs and support their local economies. They are building America. This is great.

If you'd like to sponsor me, you must sign up here. (Or click the "Sponsor Me!" link on the left.) Just make a pledge some time before the Blogathon is over at 9:00 am ET Sunday, July 28. You can sponsor me for a flat rate or you can donate a particular amount per hour. (Count Me In strives for $5 for every woman in America, so five bucks would be dandy.) If you sponsor me, I'll be glad to give you kudos during my 24 hours of blogging. Don't forget to put your name in the "display name" field when you sign up to sponsor me, so I'll know who you are!

Do not send money to me. After the Blogathon, you'll receive an e-mail from Blogathon asking you to send your money directly to the charity. Contributions to Count Me In are tax-deductible. Be sure to get a receipt from them or keep your cancelled check (or, I think they will send you a thank-you e-mail that can serve as your receipt); because you are giving your money directly to Count Me In and not me, I cannot provide you with a receipt when tax time rolls around. More questions? Here are Blogathon's Sponsor FAQs.

Meanwhile... I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to say for 24 hours... I hope you'll stop by on July 27th to see what I come up with! The Blogathon starts at 9:00 am ET Saturday and goes until 9:00 am ET Sunday.

Shaun