Give Good Blog \ ˈgiv -
noun. 1. a commitment, made by online writers and other participants in virtual communities, to principles of good virtual citizenship and to actions reflecting same; a commitment to the use of social media to advance social good, whether by raising awareness of a specific issue, or raising money for a cause, or simply using blogs and/or other social media platform to remind self and others to strive to make some little difference by whatever means available.
verb. 1. online activities that adhere to and reflect this commitment.
I Give Good Blog
Give Good Blog commitment is threefold:
First, to devote some portion of my storytelling efforts in this space (and my other online spaces) to tell stories that support or promote causes that are important to me – to continue to speak narrative truth to power in support of muscular dystrophy awareness (for my nephew, Tanner)
, to promote awareness of post-partum depression
and to support any and all causes related to maternal and child health
. I’m also passionately committed to raising awareness about how HIV and AIDS affects mothers and children in the developing world
, and I've worked with the Global Fund and their Born HIV Free project and with mothers2mothers
to get those stories into the flow of discussion on the Internet (you can read my posts on that on my trip to Lesotho to see Born HIV Free funding in action in this stream
.) If you want to a reason to support that cause in a one-minute musical burst, check this out
Second, to ensure that any and all partnerships with or participation in corporate projects (basically, anything that yields payment or gifts or desirable opportunity to me) yield some form of social good – whether assistance in generating resources and/or awareness for one of my causes or for social responsibility generally, or actual contribution of funds or nice things or what-have-you to people or organizations that need them more than I do (as I describe in this post.
Three, to promote the idea that those of us with any kind of media platform have a responsibility to use those platforms for good. I’ve written extensively on using social media to promote and support social good: this is one such post
. This is another
. Technorati interviewed me on the subject; you can catch that interview at their State Of The Blogosphere 2010 site
. I’ve also written extensively on the idea that mom blogging – promotion of specific causes aside – is a revolutionary and feminist act, and so is itself a form of social good
. You can catch up on some of those posts in this stream.
Do you Give Good Blog? Let me know – I’d love to hear about it. Do you want to? This is the space in which I cover the hows and whys and wherefores of Giving Good Blog, so read on...