I want to first say that I am not sure how this blogger bashing started. I am going to clear it up because I am an upfront person. I also want to say perception is not reality. This weekend I heard about a fellow blogger who lost her husband. I know that they are not well off in fact they struggle. She is a mom of two and has one on the way. When I heard what happened I posted a link to a fundraiser on my facebook page. The link happened to direct my fans to a blogger’s site that I am not at all fond of. I wasn’t sure if the money was going to Caity. I reached out to another blogger and confirmed it was going to the Caity’s best friend who was paypaling it to Caity. I then posted the link again. I got a ping from someone in the mission giveaway group asking if we could do something for Caity. I set up a file with my name and what I was willing to do. I asked my fans for ideas on facebook. I took the idea of an online babyshower and asked about that. Then I wrote I would contact 5 companies to ask for assistance. I only had time today to do two because I acted on another idea that a blogger in the group brought up. The idea was to sell magazines to benefit Caity.
I wasn’t sure that was a good idea since we normally sell them on all our sites and we had intention to launch a national campaign to sell them to benefit fire victims. We talked it over and decided this would be a great way to help on a large scale. I spent all day working on the logistics and preparing to launch a campaign. I heard mom it is a holiday stop working. I didn’t because I couldn’t imagine not having my husband. We used enfundraising to set up the event. The way efundraising is set up is it pays the bloggers money and it pays the cause. The reason is simple we sell magazines everyday to pay for our sites. This way we would be doing what we always do and helping a friend in need. I have always been honest that I blog and make money it is my job. I work 16 hour days and i love almost every minute of it. I can see the impact my work has had on the world.
I sent out an email asking bloggers to join basically saying you can earn your commission like you already do, give your readers a great deal, and help Caity. I went to help cook dinner and clean up. I came back to some of the rudest comments I have ever seen in my life. I have to say foul doesn’t even describe them. I was shocked. I thought setting up a fundraiser was the right thing to do. I tried to explain my thoughts and intent and was met with more nasty comments. I do not operate like that I do not post things like that in an open forum. If I have a problem with someone I write them directly. It is the proper thing to do. I never thought people would perceive my effort to help as anything else then what it was… help.
I appreciate that most of you have asked for the truth instead of assuming what you read is the whole truth. I can assure you a the people who wrote that stuff didn’t take the time to do the same. This was/ is plan. I have no intention of crumbling under a few people who assume the worst. I intend to sell magazines and get the money to Caity if she doesn’t want it then there are people who email me daily that could use it. Yes, I help a lot of people and no I do not brag about it. I do so because I live using the Golden Rule.
“Tiffany asked me about what the other bloggers were saying here is my response.
I am not motivated by $$$ I make plenty. I was motivated to help. I thought a large fundraiser will go a long way. I contacted two companies to get stuff for an online baby shower today that we are trying to organize for her. I also agree to donate my superpoint $$ to Caity. The fact is efundraiser pays that way. If you buy a magazine any day of the week from any of our sites we get a percent. That is how we make money blogging. In this case Caity would also get a portion of the sale on something we all already sell. I did say the blogger gets paid, Caity gets paid and the customer saves.
You asked what I intended to do with my earning I intended to ask my child’s school if they would support this fundraiser and any profit I made would be used to buy equipment to assist a child with learning disabilities. I appreciate you asking. I assure you I donate 1/3 of my income monthly to causes and people I believe in.. do ask the bloggers with the torches about their donation records.”
just a quick recap last month I organized 80 bloggers to donate backpacks, I sold ad space to buy my son’s school a TV, I wrote a chapter in a book to help children with special needs cook, I donated 7 hours helping other bloggers get their businesses off the ground and I spent an entire day not working on my own site but working on something that I hoped would really help Caity.
I wrote this so you understand because I need to spend time organizing an event for this Wednesday that will help spread the word about Autism. I value each and everyone of you . I feel that you know that I pay it forward and spend a great deal of my time doing for others. I can’t convince you of something that I wasn’t doing I can only state the truth.