Blogging was never meant to be an endurance sport, except though maybe in the case of Blogathon. But that’s just it, for the past week or so, pouring whatever ability to socialize in order to raise awareness for the event, much less publicizing your own attempt at raising money for your charity, is no easy feat.
For the most part, those with a wide social connection (or are just very pretty), have the upper advantage of getting people to listen, much less donate to the cause. Those of us who don’t have that ability however will either have to learn it or find some other means of raising that awareness. Since I look horrible doing a naked car wash, designing banners for other blogathoners in exchange for their support is the next best thing.
Yet all this has its toll on time and effort. In retrospect, asking people you know to donate is a far more effective way of publicizing the event (again, especially if you’re pretty), if it works for thieves it can work for you too. It’s just that we have a far more noble intention than thieves who only want the money for themselves. Who said the road to hell was paved with good intentions anyway?
As it is, few people I’ve asked have actually pledged to sponsor the charity I’m rooting for. Even fewer still have replied to the bulk of emails I have sent in hopes that people would respond in kind (especially you British folk, after all, this is a British based charity we’re talking about here). By fewer I mean we’re literally inundated with no replies. But don’t worry, that hasn’t put me down yet, it happens every Blogathon.
So short of the really dark thoughts I harbour in my mind, being that this is about raising hope for people, I’d like to give the benefit of the doubt. After all you have inflation, you have expensive petrol prices, you don’t really have money to spare. I get that. I’m a poor university student. It’s easy to give yourself to something to believe in. It’s harder to part with something you don’t feel anything for. Regardless of the reasons though, I still think it’s common courtesy to reply an email that’s been sent to you, especially when someone is waiting for your reply.
I guess I’m just tried. Trying hard because you believe in something doesn’t mean that other people would have the same level of conviction as you would. I’m raising money as it is and that’s more that can be said for other blogathoners that haven’t even gotten a single pledge yet. While I wish that I was a little more eloquent in the way I ask people help me out here, you can’t always keep wishing for what you don’t have, only in what you can do with what you got.
Maybe doing something else for the time being would help clear the mind, give people time to think things over if ever they want to sponsor a charity. I don’t want to be burnt out before the Blogathon and I certainly don’t intend to either.
I just can’t stop hoping that people would be a little more altruistic and maybe it’s really just me. There is plenty of things to do before the 28th and with luck, just enough time to finish it all.