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January 4th, 2010 (08:07 pm)

This is a drop-by post to note that I am in fact going ahead with the blogathon for my aunt Tricia that I mentioned lo these many moons ago. It's not something that's working out smoothly: I've been stressed, and my health has been a little lumpy, and I think overall I've just had a lot of fear. But since I'm committed to doing it, now is the time. Tricia is back in the hospital again, and no, she isn't doing well at all. They're talking hospice for when she goes home.

I am currently thinking that this Friday, January 8, is a good day for me to do this. I can put it to the next day if readers/contributors really would rather see it happen on a weekend day.

I'm not quite sure where to post or how to handle it; my instinct is to post here, LJ-cutting each post but for an introductory paragraph. A little voice inside of me keeps yelling that people will be soooo pissed to have their flists flooded with a post from me every hour for 20 hours, and says I should do the actual blogging somewhere else, even if it's just at the winterberries journal I had for that year I did LJ Idol. Maybe so, but I think if I'm actually trying to get publicity and thus donations, the question of whether or not I am going to annoy people for a day or so can't be my primary concern. So basically, if you are really going to hate me for doing a blogathon here, you can comment to tell me that -- but I still probably won't change it unless I get the sense that a decent readership will actually follow me over to wherever it is happening.

Remains, of course, the question of PayPal. That's the biggest reason for the delays there've been up to now, and I am compromising on a solution that I really didn't want to have to go with, but whatever. Since the bank account for Tricia's fund is not in my name, I'd have to coordinate with my aunt, who maintains it or whatever, to get it linked up with PayPal. And she's busy and I'm busy and we haven't been able to sit down and put it all together. So I'm going to have to use my own PayPal account (I'll put up the button tomorrow or the next day). This isn't a problem at all from my end; it's a lot simpler -- I'll just write a check to the fund. It could potentially be a problem for people who don't trust me to do that. But logically, I'm guessing that if you don't trust me to write a check to Tricia's fund for the amount that I raise, you wouldn't trust me if I hooked PayPal up to the fund account and then asked you to PayPal to there. I am so completely not running a scam here, and I'm sure most of you know me well enough to know that. To those who don't know me well enough for that, do keep in mind that there are many, many easier ways for me to scam a few hundred dollars off people on the Internet than by blogging furiously for 20 hours on end. Also that if I never tried that back when λ and I were so poor that we occasionally had to decide between buying toilet paper or food for dinner, I'm not going to be trying it now when we're actually doing okay financially.

Anyway. I'll put up another reminder later in the week. For now, though, this post explains it all for anyone who forgot or missed the initial post. (Forgive the tl;dr-ness of it, and the slightly overheated tone near the end. I don't seem to be able to keep a very normal affect about this, and I have a hard time putting my thoughts together and writing about it, and I think sometimes I miss the mark.) You can look there if you'd like information on what you can get for donations (basically, me writing on command).

Until Friday.


Posted by: Julie (geekjul)
Posted at: January 5th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)

Not that you asked for a vote but my vote is do the blogathon here. Screw 'em if they don't like the volume. I'm looking forward to it!

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: January 5th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)


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