Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Turning laziness into good stuff

Theresa Milstein came up with a great idea recently. She wanted to be inspired to write whenever possible. Every day, in fact. But what about making those down times productive too?

So we collected ourselves into a little Facebook group (Hi Sharon and Susan and Crystal and Ann and Robyn!) called Write On to Build On.

For every day we don't write, we donate a dollar to a worthy cause.

After a bit of searching, we chose buildOn.



"buildOn runs after-school youth programs that mobilize urban teens to lift up their communities and change the world through intensive local service and by building schools in some of the poorest countries on the planet. We are a movement of students, educators and communities. Through our programs, people inspire people across neighborhoods, across cities, and across continents to reach and think beyond their realm of possibility."

We were inspired too!

In the process of picking an organization, we used Charity Navigator to evaluate the accountability and transparency of charities and help us pick a highly-rated charity that would put the majority of our donations directly to good use.

Do you have plans to give back, however small, this year? And I'm not just talking about money. Mentoring a new writer, volunteering, supporting others...how will you do it?

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Please take a moment to stop by Sarah Fine's blog, where she answers her own Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question: "Where do your expectations for your writing (career/skill/quality/achievements) come from? Is the source internal, external, or both? And how do you cope when you don't meet them?" Check out recent answers by Laura, me, and next week with Deb!

44 comments:

Christine Murray said...

That is such a great idea, it's a win-win situation! Kudos to you all for thinking of it.

JL Stratton said...

Wow, sounds like a great idea! But it's kind of a double-edge sword. You know, because, if you don't write, you can still feel good about it.

Sarah said...

I definitely do have concrete plans to give back ... which I shall discuss at a future date. Gee. That sounds either mysterious or pompous. Or both. Sorry. Sounds like you've found an excellent way to give, and a worthy cause!

Laura Pauling said...

What a great idea! I've seen other writers do this kind of thing. Best of luck!

Sarah Pearson said...

This is a great idea, nobody loses :-)

Old Kitty said...

I think you and gorgeous Ann and beautiful Theresa and all you lovely lovely ladies are just amazing to be starting this fabbo group!! Good luck and all the best!!! Enjoy!! Take care
x

Em-Musing said...

What a great pay it forward idea! I hope my new venture will give back. I'm building a spiritual writer's retreat in Akumal, Mexico. It will be a haven where writers will learn methods to overcome the internal roadblocks on their journey to publication. Also, yoga, massage, Mayan cleansing rituals,and more will be offered. It will be all inclusive...AND it will be affordable! (sorry if this sounds like a sell, but I'm so excited about doing this and can't wait for it to open in 2013.)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great idea. I've heard of other writers, like Heather Kelly, doing the same thing.

We should all give back in some way.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love this idea. I already donate to causes that are important to me, which is why I didn't do it. Plus, I don't need incentive to write. I need incentive to take a break from it. ;)

Janet Johnson said...

Very cool! I do like to give back when I can.

Emily Rose said...

What a fabulous idea! And it sounds like an amazing organization.

Matthew MacNish said...

What a wonderful idea.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I really love this idea. I think donating to a cause every day that I didn't write would make me feel less guilty for not writing. : ) I love to give back whenever possible and I'm a sucker for the animal charities.

Jessica R. Patch said...

A wonderful idea! I have a particular ministry that I donate any writing or speaking profits to and I always try to help writers who aren't as far on the journey as I am (not that I'm super far) but so many have mentored me.

I just love your blog and what you're doing!

Bossy Betty said...

Great idea! Write on!

Karen Lange said...

I think this is a wonderful idea! Giving back is a great thing. :)

Jax said...

That's awesome! It's great motivation to slack and great motivation to write :P

Meredith said...

I absolutely love this idea! I hadn't heard of buildOn, but what a worthwhile cause!

mooderino said...

That's a great idea, although i'm not sure i could afford to do something like that. There are days where not much gets done.

mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino
The Funnily Enough

April Plummer said...

What a wonderful idea! This way, no matter what, everyone wins! I love it!

Lynn said...

What a wonderful idea! I'll be thinking about where I can give back today.

Heather said...

What a cool idea! I love this. I do have plans to give back. A portion of the sales from my novels is going to a charity that protects endangered species. I'm hoping to donate quite a bit by the end of the year, but I've got to get sales going to reach that goal! :)

Jessica Salyer said...

What a wonderful way to give back.

Shelly said...

What a wonderful idea. You've inspired me today!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I try to do something every day to give back! And sorry, not on Facebook...

LD Masterson said...

I fear if I followed this plan I'd be too tempted to buy "days off" just to be lazy. But I do give back - I'm a long standing disaster volunteer with the Red Cross and volunteer on various things through my church.

Krispy said...

What a great idea! You are all awesome, and you've inspired me. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm so happy with our group. I'm excited to write and I'm excited to donate. I love checking in each day to see what everyone is doing. Thanks for finding the charity and posting about Write On to Build On.

Jolene Perry said...

Very cool what you guys have started!!

I help run a teen program where we get together once a week, and my kids and I ALWAYS do the secret santa program in our area. Good stuff :D

Carrie Butler said...

Very, very cool! As for my plans to give back this year, I usually do a few Relays for Life (American Cancer Society) and fundraise for organizations like the Red Cross or World Vision. Best of luck with your project! :)

Belle said...

I read about this on Theresa's blog and thought it was a wonderful plan. My husband and I donate to three charities every month and have two children we support. One in India and one in Guatamala.

Kelly Polark said...

That is such a wonderful idea!!!

We do donate $ to charities, and I donate my time to local schools and church plus give blood, but there is always more that can be done!!

Good luck!

DL Hammons said...

Are you trying to bankrupt me??? :)

Sylvia Liu said...

This is a great post. I recently listened to a TED speech about these kinds of self-motivational incentives. One idea he mentioned to really get you to do what you want to do is to donate to a charity you disagree with. I just recently started reading to children at a local homeless shelter, and that has been so eye-opening and rewarding.

Stephen Tremp said...

One way I can give back is to buy and read one or two of my blogging friends book and post a review on my blog, Amazon,and Goodreads and place the book image on my side bar.

I'm currently wrapping up Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn.

Clarissa Draper said...

That's a great idea! I'll check out your facebook page.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Good luck with the group and especially with the writing otherwise you'll all become rather poor! Great idea.

Jordan said...

Judas Preist, what a great idea! Nice work! I will try my best to follow in your footsteps, my friend!

<3 jordan
JordanDibb.com

Slamdunk said...

Neat idea Lydia. I have some things in the idea stage, but need to get moving on them.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

That's a great idea! Good for you. :)

Jennifer Hillier said...

Now that is a fabulous idea. Everybody wins!

Carol Kilgore said...

Giving back is so important. We all benefit from that. Good for you guys!

Phoenix said...

Awesome, awesome idea, Lydia! What a great way to stay accountable, and if you miss a day, it's not like the money went toward a bad cause. :) I do like using Charity Navigator too.

This Monday, in honor of The Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service, I donated money to cover two hours of counseling to soldiers returning from war who suffer PTSD. I think it's the best way to support the troops, honestly. And I give money to Greenpeace on a monthly basis, and I'll be adding Amnesty International to that too when my budget loosens up a bit.

Wonderful post. :)

Leslie Rose said...

Yay for your big hearts. I have the advantage of working for a school that has lots of drives/fundraisers etc. to help others.

 
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