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Memoirs of a Storyteller
"I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's." - William Blake
Poetry, Cyber-Funding, and Charity 
27th-Apr-2009 07:11 pm
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[ETA for anyone coming here from crowdfunding :  This is my alternate/mirror journal, so all of my readership is active on the other blog.  The same posts show up at both of them -- this is just a heads up as to why very few comments appear on this one.  :) ]

I'm going to be trying something new!

In response to the new trend of cyber-funded creativity, I'm going to do a little experiment of sorts on my blog. I know my readership is small, and their wallets primarily empty (or saved for more important things) -- which is why it's an experiment. I'm calling it Poem Busking.

Twice a week, likely on Tuesdays and Fridays, I will be posting a poem. Along with the poem will be a Paypal Donate button. (Paypal is not the only way, since most of my readers know me personally; I'll probably stick a Busking Jar in the house somewhere for the same purpose. With the first poem, I'll give a brief of how to use Paypal -- which does not require an account to donate.) After reading the poem, you're invited to toss a few dollars into the pot.

Here's the catch. The money isn't for me.

Every penny donated, as well as additional money from myself (and hopefully my family), is going to be donated to PFLAG Canada -- to quote their website, they are "Canada's only national organization that helps all Canadians who are struggling with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to parents, families, friends and colleagues with questions or concerns, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

Few things push my activism buttons more than homophobia. I am one of the lucky ones; despite being harassed by a church congregation as a preteen for being a "sinner" and a "deviant", my immediate family have always supported me. The group of friends I hold now respect me just as much as any other member of the group, and that respect is not based on whether I'm straight or queer. Even though we don't agree on a lot of things, I'm also blessed by Christian friends who accept the person I am. Worldwide, however, most people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transsexual, transgendered, intersex, asexual, queer, or just questioning are not so fortunate. Being one of the lucky ones, I felt it was the time to give back -- and you folks being the awesome people you are, I figured you would want a chance to get in on the action.

Starting this Friday, two poems will go up every week, either until I run out of poems or the energy to write new ones. All readers, whether you contribute or not, are welcome to comment on any post with ideas for new poems -- whether the ideas are in the form of a concept, a word, a prompt, or a neat image. Whatever amount is raised, unless it soars to crazy heights, I will match. If it does soar to crazy heights, I will still put out $50 at the very least.

We can make the world a little nicer place to live in... one poem -- and one dollar -- at a time. Who's with me? :D
Comments 
18th-Nov-2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Found you by way of ysabetwordsmith and crowdfunding. Hope you don't mind the friend add, thanks. (Would have sent this via a private message, but that option is disabled.)
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