Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Blogathon 2006 Campaign - An Introduction

Hi, my name is Jamie and I usually live here. As all of you know, Bloggers Against Torture was set up to help ensure Torture Awareness month was just that; a month that raised awareness about torture, even (shock, horror) torture committed by the 'good guys'. Many people joined the alliance in support of basic moral and legal values, and throughout the month blogged about torture to try and help bring about a change.

Well, Torture Awareness month is over, but unfortunately torture is still common practice. As such, it is the job of alliances such as ours to ensure torture doesn’t slip off the agenda, and what better way to do that than the Blogathon 2006?

Essentially, Blogathon is an attempt by the blogging community to raise money for charity, by staying up for 24 hours straight posting at least once every half hour (and so a minimum of 48 posts). Participants are sponsored and all the money raised goes to their chosen charity.

So, this is the Alliance’s next campaign – to compete in the Blogathon 2006 to help raise awareness of torture and to raise money for our chosen charity, Amnesty International USA. As you all know, Amnesty does vital work in standing up for human rights worldwide and defending the otherwise defenceless.

The Bloggers Against Torture blogroll is huge, and so we have an advantage most blogs don’t have, in that we can all join in. 48 posts is a lot for one person, but for a hundred…some people on here could manage most of that by themselves!

So, without further ado, here are the rules for our Blogathon 2006 campaign:

1. We start blogging on July 29 at 14:00 GMT (or 0600 Pacific Time).

2. All the money raised goes to Amnesty International USA.

3. No pre-writing of posts is allowed.

4. All posts must be torture themed.

5. Contributors will be permitted to place a link to their blog/site in their post.

6. People who donate will also have their link displayed in the sidebar.

I will be staying up for the whole 24 hours. For those of you who wish to contribute, be it a single post or the entire marathon, please comment on this post and say so. You will then be given direct posting access to this blog.

For those of you who wish to sponsor our endeavour, you can do so here.

The Bloggers Against Torture Blogathon campaign is a team effort – that’s what this alliance is all about. So if you have any ideas or can help in any way, please share them with us.
The event should be a lot of fun, and it will definitely help raise awareness about torture, and hopefully some cash for Amnesty along with it.

OK then, let’s get started…


Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

I really can't think what to say. duh!

I thought "go for it" and "hang in there" and "good for you", but they're all lame.


5:57 AM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

I'll be able to contribute at least one post.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Jamie, I'll gladly help out with a few posts. Don't know about the details of how many, but I'd say at least 4. I have to see with the rest of the family if I can do more..

7:50 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

spiiderweb: thanks for the good wishes.

marcella and ingrid: you should both have been sent an invitation email giving you posting access to this blog. Thanks for helping out!

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me in. I will stay up as long as I can hopefully the whole 24.

10:14 AM  
Blogger propaganda press said...

keep up the great work

11:57 AM  
Blogger Alexa Avila said...

Jamie, count me in. I can commit to eight hours or 16 posts.

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Heretical Jew - Welcome aboard.

Alexa - in order to add you to the blog, I need an email address (as far as I can tell, yours isn't present on your blogger profile). If you don't want to publish it, please send it to me at my email address: Thanks for helping!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

If it was any other weekend, I would so help out. Unfortunately that happens to be my younger son's birthday weekend. His party on the 29th, and birthday on the 30th. I cannot be tired from being up blogging.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

alright, now I feel like a lazy fool for committing to 1 post :( (you guys need to commit to less so I don't look bad!)

You guys rock!

Looks like we are picking up steam and getting to 48 posts should be a breeze with everyone's support.

12:19 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

Count me in. I'll pull whatever shift you give me.

1:22 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

great initiative.
I am in for one or two posts.

dr (strange)love, no worries... its the will that counts.

6:23 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

angie - too bad, but atleast you'll be here in spirit :)

dr. strangelove - I think you've more than made up for the difference, even if you don't post anything at all. Thanks for the donation.

robbie - you should already be a member - once it looks like all the people who are going to join have joined, we'll try and organise who posts when.

6:27 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Bodda - cheers for volunteering. In order to add you to the blog, I need an email address (yours isn't displayed on your Blogger profile). If you don't want to publish it, could you send me an email so that I have, and can add you?

9:09 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

how does the blogathon work. will u hv some schedules, who will blog when? and maybe some topic list or sort (it wont be nice to hv two posts on the same topic).
maybe we can write our post (offline ofcourse) in advance (i dont know if that is allowed) so that you know who is putting up what?


2:27 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...


pre-writing of posts is not allowed (part of the Blogathon rules, which can be viewed here: [].

As to the order of things, when we get a bit closer to the final date, I'll put up a post on here allowing people to say when they are able to make their posts, so we can have an approximate order of posters.

I'm wary of pre-deciding who covers what, because it strays quite close to 'pre-writing' and anyway, since there is no pre-writing allowed, it's not really necessary.

Also, during the 'thon itself we can decide who posts next, via comments.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Chuck Cliff said...

I can see now (cutoff date 21 July) that I am likely too late to join in on this great idea.

O well, looks like you have more than enough helping hands!

However, if I am not too late, I live in a GMT +1 timezone and could take some hours when others are cutting Z's, like 0700 GMT Sunday morning, or even at the start 1400 GMT Saturday

Kind regards,
Chuck Cliff

6:30 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Hmm..I did reply already, but 'taint showin up, so I'll try again:

Hi Chuck,

It isn't too late. The 21st cut-off date means no new blogs can join, and charities can't be changed. Our blog is already signed-up: with you we're just adding another member to the blog, so that's fine.

Thanks for volunteering - the more the merrier (and easier). You should have an invitation to join the blog in your mailbox.

To everyone: just so you know, over at BlogExplosion they are running an online radio show throughout the Blogathon, and its open to everyone (non-members included). So, if you fancy a bit of a sing a-long while you blog, you can head over there.

Also, do people think it's necessary to try and sort out a rough order of posting beforehand, or just sort it out on the day (through comments)? If the former, I'll do a post in a couple of days where we can sort out the order in the comments.

3:17 PM  
Blogger bodda said...

i think it should make things easier and organized if we rufly settle things out beforehand. wat say u?

7:34 AM  
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