Here's what I am thinking in regards to the 30(er...31)-Day Blog Challenge.
Get It Down!
Yankee reminded me that October is DS Awareness month and I have heard some (ok 3 or so comments, but that's like 3 or so dates to the prom) positive feedback in regards to the idea. I find this a lovely coincidence. Here's what I have in mind:
No rules & anybody can do it. (In other words, it's not restricted to the so-called DS community. Heck, aren't we ALL the DS community? Georgia has many aunties, uncles and friends with blogs and we hope they will participate too.)
So here's what I propose*:
Who can do it?
Anyone who is interested, whether they just want to have a little fun, or maybe they need proverbial kick in the blog tuchas...whatever...whomever. You are all welcome. Get It Down!
When do I do it?
Well, I like when people blog all the time, but let's face it, life gets in the way. And sometimes we just get plain ol' lazy. For a lot of reasons we opt out. But darn it, I like when people blog! So let's do it, one month. 31 days. October. Get It Down!
What do I write about?
Anything your heart desires. I don't like to put restrictions on ya'll. I just like to know what you have to say. Maybe (if I am feeling adventurous) I will post some OPTIONAL topics and/or challenges, but you can choose whether or not to do them. And if anyone has ideas about topics or challenges, send me a comment we can try them out! Personally, I am going to take it as a challenge upon myself to write at least one "meaningful" "thoughtful" post a day. And pictures are good too. Get It Down!
Why should I do it?
This is the one question I can be unambiguous about. I propose you do it in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. One thing I can say certainly, is that writing--blogging specifically--has helped me in numerous ways as the new mother of a child with Down syndrome. I value the people I have met, the friends I have made, and the information I have gathered on blogs. Wouldn't it be wonderful if new parents googled Down syndrome and our blogs came up? What a welcome wagon that would be!
I propose whether you know someone affected by DS that you do it in honor of those living with DS as a part of their lives; to raise awareness of Down syndrome. (And, well, it WOULD be nice if you mentioned that's why you're doing it in at least ONE of your blog entries.) Get it down! (Are you sick of me yet?)
What's in it for me**?
Fame. Fortune. And the knowledge that not only did you write for a WHOLE month, you are raising Down Syndrome Awareness! (Disclaimer: By fame and fortune, I mean, you know...fame as compared to a sneaker, and fortune in your heart.) Get it down!
How do I know who else is doing it?
If you ARE going to take part in Get It Down then let me know. And spread the word! If you help get the word out, please tell people to let me know they are going to do it so I can keep a running tally of links which I will post in my sidebar. That way we can all visit one another's blogs. Get it down!
So why not? What's to lose? There's no winning. No losing. Just getting it down.
Do you want to Get It Down? If so, join us.
*If you have any ideas in regards to anything I have written, please let me know. I am open to suggestions.
**If anyone DOES have any ideas in regards to what CAN be in it for someone. Let me know a.) Who gets something/why? b.) what do they get? Although I am all for just doing it to do it.
(Note: This is all off the cuff, so really, any ideas, let me know. And start spreading the word, we only have a few days before we begin! Monday is go time!)