Let’s Work Together

One of the best parts about reading a blog is finding other blogs. Looking at the blogroll of a site you enjoy visiting often leads you to corners of the internet you would never have found otherwise. Soon you start commenting, then you’re going back and forth on Twitter, and before you know it it’s 11 at night and the dog’s still waiting to be fed. Not that I know from personal experience or anything. Point is, it’s a community.

Certain specialized blog niches- parenting bloggers, for example, and food bloggers- have vast networks that promote, support, and encourage their colleagues in a sort of collective Blog Borg. Pet bloggers, as far as I can tell, have not reached that level of organization yet. Why we persist in being the sad scruffy little cast-aside group in the vast world of bloggers is beyond me.

It’s not that pet bloggers are insular or antisocial- quite the opposite, as far as I’m concerned. The care and concern I have seen and experienced, the willingness to step in and help one another with no link aside from a common love of animals, is nothing short of astounding. We are amazing. We just need a little help figuring out how to share that news with everyone else. ;)

I’m dipping my toe in and doing what I can to help promote the wonderful world of animal blogs through the Brody Awards. The banner at the left will take you to the nomination page.Voting will begin by the end of the month, but the whole point of the exercise is to get us exposed to new bloggers, which you can do right now.

My hope and wish is that the pet blogging world will continue to grow and grow together. We have SO much to accomplish. :)
Let's Work Together
For example, if we we had a strong community to network with, it would be a lot easier to organize a cross-blog effort to raise funds for victims of the Haiti tragedy.

I have had one of the worst weeks of my professional career. It’s not something I feel comfortable talking about, unfortunately- I’ll probably laugh about it someday, but right now I’m angry and hurt.

But when I turned on the news, all that frustration evaporated as I was confronted with true suffering. None of this stuff we muck around with in our day to day lives seems as important when you realize how fortunate you are to be safe and warm, tooling around on the internet feeling sorry for yourself. And if you allow yourself to lose sight of that perspective, of your obligation to help your fellow creatures while you drown in your own self-importance, then you’ve missed the point entirely.

We’ve made our donation to the Red Cross, but I’d like to do something else to fundraise. (NO, not another blogathon!) Since we don’t have a central place to go and spread the word, it’s going to have to be a solo operation yet again. I don’t know what form that will take, if I should do a special item on Zazzle or auction something on ebay or what.

If any pet bloggers out there want to do this with me, please let me know. Whether you fundraise for Red Cross or one of the animal groups who will be called in once the human tragedy is a little more under control, any bit helps.

Ideas and suggestions are welcomed- begged for, really.

ETA: How about something like this? A silent auction where the donors each send the items themselves directly. I am happy to cover Paypal fees as well.

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  • http://dearprudie.wordpress.com Ashley

    Sometimes I feel so absolutely helpless when it comes to tragedies of this magnitude. If any items are necessary for an auction, I would love to donate some of my handiwork. I can make dog sweaters, shirts, and hoodies, as well as some squeaky toys. Maybe we could do a small auction of unique pet items. I have a friend who makes adorable catnip mice and I’m sure she’ll donate some. Just let me know if I can be of help.

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      I like the auction idea. I think that would be really nice.

  • Kim

    Not being crafty at all, I’d love to bid in an auction ;)

  • http://www.biscuitsbylambchop.com Annette Frey

    I’m in for a donation for auction. Maybe Ebay would be better so more of the money goes to the cause right?

    I’ll be happy to blog about too. Speaking of blogging, I am always impressed by what you do. I can’t seem to keep a regular blogging schedule consistently!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking. Maybe everyone could individually auction but we could each promote all the auction items together? Does that make sense?

      • http://dearprudie.wordpress.com Ashley

        I read the indie fixx post, and I quite like that idea. I just have a few logistical questions, namely, would each person donating an item for the auction need their own separate PayPal account that the winning bidder will send the money too, or would all bid winners just send the money into one specific account?

        • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

          They can send it to me (you all would have to trust me to forward the proceeds to Red Cross) but I’m pretty sure I would get a receipt I could forward to the buyer. That way the person donating the item could send it as soon as I verify receipt.

  • http://www.rustydawgpetproducts.com Luanne

    I’ll donate something as well! Just let me know how it’s all going to work. Great idea!

    • http://www.pawcurious.com Dr. V

      OK, I think I have the idea solidified (see the next post).
      Thank you so much! E-mail me at drv@pawcurious.com if you decide to donate. :)

  • http://twitter.com/AboutVetMed AboutVetMed

    I used Mission FIsh on eBay to help Red Cross after Katrina. When you do a 100% donation to the organization, eBay waives the seller fees. I think there is a small fee for Mission Fish, but the org gets nearly all of it. I’ll check your next post for more info.

    • http://www.biscuitsbylambchop.com Annette Frey

      Oh that’s great! Need all proceeds to go to the cause!