25 Ways to use your blog and social media to create changeMarch 2, 2009
Last week I wrote about something that has been on my mind lately: Gen Y blogging and whether we are self-absorbed or not.
Do we blog about ourselves a lot? I think we do. We’re all guilty of it at times. And why wouldn’t you? Everyone’s interested in themselves, their lives, their careers. That’s human nature and you would be abnormal if you weren’t.
But no matter what the topic or ‘niche’ of your blog, if you have an audience, you can use your blog to create social change just by spreading the word and doing something. It doesn’t have to be all the time. And it doesn’t matter how big your audience is. Even if you have 1 reader (who may or may not be your mom), that will be one more person who is more educated about an issue and who may take action.
The simple act of informing people about problems in society can go a long way towards creating action. Change has to start with education and information. And bloggers are in a fantastic place to provide that.
So here is a list of 25 ways I think bloggers can do just that, and create real change. Many thanks to Raven who helped brainstorm a good portion of the ideas on this list.
If you think of more to add, leave a comment. And if you do any of these things, let me know (and maybe link back here … I will be thrilled.
2. Join Bloggers Unite and agree to blog about issues you care about on a certain day with hundreds of other bloggers.
3. Or if you don’t see the issue you care about, create your own and get other bloggers to support it by writing posts too.
4. Videoblog an interview with someone who has been affected by an issue you care about: disease, poverty, war, genocide…
5. Share someone’s story who would never have a chance to be heard otherwise.
6. Has someone you love been affected by cancer or other disease? Share your story and raise awareness.
7. Highlight nonprofits that are creating change, like this one, the Fresh Air Fund.
8. Circulate a petition. Ask your readers to participate. Like this one, sent to me by a CJP reader whose daughter is fighting the disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy: www.petitiontocuresma.com.
9. Vlog an event related to social change/human rights issues
10. Twitterfeed posts from groups like Human Rights Watch
11. Write about your experiences with volunteer or nonprofit work.
12. Write your own ideas on how global human rights issues can be alleviated.
13. Participate in Blog Action Day.
14. Invite someone who typically blogs about social change or political issues to write a guest post for your blog.
15. Discuss how social media plays a role in the non-profit community.
16. Write about advocacy in digestable ways for would-be donors, supporters: Ex. Explaining how donating to Save Darfur will help fund portable stoves for Darfur so young girls and women do not have to leave the camps (thus putting themselves at risk to be attacked while gathering firewood) or the Visual petition at www.congowomen.org
17. Highlight events related to advocacy efforts of charities, advocacy organizations, or other philanthropic groups in your area.
18. Interview or profile someone involved in social justice/human rights efforts
19. Research how a person or group is using interesting or unusual means to educate others on social justice
20. Discuss how social change is being implemented in school curricula and how schools are creating the idea of “global citizenship”
21. Interview a veteran.
22. Ask your readers to donate to a cause you care about. Even if it’s small — a few dollars still goes a long way.
23. Highlight other bloggers, especially ones who need attention in volatile areas.
24. Participate in an event like Twestival to raise money for charity. Better yet: organize one.
25. Include a link in your blog to great websites that allow you to make a difference with just a click, like The Hunger Site.
I hope this is only a start. What else would you add to the list?
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