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…