Friday, August 15, 2008

B.A.D. Is Coming, And That's Good!

Blog Action Day is coming.

Have you heard of it? It's a coordinated effort that spans the blogosphere, across all types of blogs, to raise awareness on one topic. The trick is to not go off-topic from your blog in doing so. Last year's topic was "environment" and I took up the challenge and wrote about the environment in conjunction with genealogy... two topics that don't really go hand in hand. But I pulled it off and hopefully got people thinking about how their ancestors impacted the environment.

This year, Blog Action Day is October 15, 2008 and the topic is "poverty". I've already registered the Creative Gene blog to participate and I will be writing on poverty as it relates to my family history. When a number of people write with one voice the message is louder and stronger. The call to action is greater. Won't you join in the cause?

I hereby challenge all Genea-Bloggers to take up the challenge with me. Think about how issues of poverty influenced your family's history and write about it. Register your blog's participation, promote the event on your blog, and post your article on October 15, 2008. Since that date will also be a COG deadline you'll want to plan ahead so you can participate in both! :-) Are you up to the challenge?

Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.


  1. This is a topic I've actually wanted to address for some time on my blog, Jasia. I'm looking forward to participating. Thanks for alerting our community about this!

  2. Oh I'm so pleased you'll be participating Miriam!

  3. I'll be participating as well. Thanks for the alert.

  4. Never heard of it. Thanks. I'll register my blog and mark my calendar.

  5. It was a way of life for many of my ancestors, will come up with something.

  6. Jasia,

    This is an interesting issue for genealogists. In my family tree the solution to poverty and oppression was immigration...a touchy subject today.

    I think I will join in also...this will be an interesting subject to explore and read about.


  7. I'm just delighted at the response! I am looking forward to reading what you all come up with.

    Tim, you are absolutely right about the immigration-due-to-poverty issue being a touchy one. I'm glad to hear you'll be addressing it too. Like yours, my ancestors came to the U.S. because of the extreme poverty they were forced to endure in their motherland. If only we could hear directly from our ancestors on this issue. Wouldn't that be fascinating?