If you blog for all the world to see, invite feedback, and make it easy for folk to email you then inevitably, it seems, you'll receive the occasional missive that, frankly, sullies your inbox. It doesn't happen often, and merely requires that one deletes and moves on. Such things are minor and highly infrequent annoyances and not normally something I'd mention. But yesterday's invective gave me pause for thought. For in the opinion of its author the exchange of blog comments equates to nothing more than touting for traffic and massaging egos.
Now maybe I'm naive but I don't believe that for a moment. If the accusation had been that bloggers can't resist a chinwag, well maybe so. But what many of us stand accused of is insincerity, and that bugs me, big time, because the people I've met through blogging are among the most sincere I know. Mostly women in my small corner of the blogosphere, they are fun, feisty, and thoughtful. And they do good things: they share stuff freely - constructive feedback, how-to's, virtual hugs - and they use whatever influence they have to further causes that matter.
Which brings me to what I'd planned to post about today, the Craftivist Collective's - they're bloggers all - Jigsaw Project
in support of Save the Children's Race Against Hunger campaign.
It's taken me forever to write this paragraph. I must have started over a hundred times. I was trying to write something powerful, a compelling call to action, but the words wouldn't come. The politics of hunger is vast and complex and beyond my comprehension. The world produces more than enough food for its 6 billion inhabitants yet a sixth of those people are going hungry, and every single day over 6000 children die for want of good food. How can that be?!
Signing a petition seems an inadequate response to such suffering. But would you help to stitch one? Would you contribute a puzzle piece to a giant patchwork jigsaw? A quilt of sorts that will carry the message that people care about this to those who have the power to change it. You would? Why thank you. You can find everything you need to know in order to participate here and here. Wherever you are in the world your contribution will be most welcome. Together we can be the change we want to see!
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Your considered responses to my last post were, as always, very much appreciated and throughly enjoyed, and are another reason I'd like to poke our accuser with my knitting needles!