Bad Is the New Good

Give Good Blog

Give Good Blog \ ˈgiv -ˈgud -ˈbläg\ 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

My 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...

On A Wing And A Something

September 18, 2010

This. (Don’t cry when you watch it. DON’T.) (Okay, maybe a tear or two. Go ahead.) This is what I’m doing this week. Going to visit this project, to hear these stories. As you’re reading this, I’m en route. And as you’re reading this, my heart is pounding. I’m excited, and nervous, and thrilled, and [...]

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We Don’t Need Another Hero, And Certainly Not One Who Cries All The Time

September 17, 2010

Here’s my worry about going to Africa to see the Born HIV Free project in action: that I’m going to start crying the moment that I arrive, and just not stop. And that I am then going to feel guilty about crying, and that I’ll then cry about that. I fly to Lesotho on Saturday. [...]

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Buffy Only Fought Vampires

August 27, 2010

I like to think that I’m the sort of person who doesn’t take things for granted. I know how fortunate I am to have the life that I have; I know, too, that the terms and conditions of that life include no guarantees against frustration and sadness and pain and loss. I know, even the [...]

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What Is UP With All The Tutus?

August 4, 2010

If you have to ask that question, you should probably read this first – it’s the story of my nephew, Tanner, who is dying of Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy. It’s kind of a long story. But you should go read it, and maybe also my most recent posts about him, because the story matters. Take your [...]

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Tears And Tutus And Still Not Enough Nyquil

June 16, 2010

Something that I learned today: if you collapse into a fit of sobbing while you have a severe upper respiratory infection, you might start choking, which is uncomfortable, and also frightens cats. Still, reading this story was more than worth the discomfort. Thank you, Laural.From the very bottom of my tired heart. (The BlogHer 5k [...]

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I Love The Smell Of Activism In The Morning

January 29, 2010

Friday’s as good a good as any for promoting a cause, right? How about two? Cause #1: If you’re a Canadian woman, and you’ve had surgery, you might have been been given – while you were under anesthetic, without your knowledge, without your consent – a pelvic exam by medical students in training. It is, [...]

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Just Like A Prayer

November 18, 2009

I don’t believe in petitionary or intercessory prayer. I’ve written about my reasons for this at length, but it boils down to this: I don’t believe in, can’t believe in, a God who responds to such prayer. As I said some months ago, ‘why should God help us find a cure for cancer, and not [...]

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Eat More Pie

January 24, 2009

Yesterday was a bad day. Another in a long stretch of days following nights without sleep, another with a teething baby who prefers nips to teething rings, another with a three-year old who is determined to seize control of this household and turn it into a socialist preschooler dictatorship in which all members of the [...]

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