This afternoon I got a trackback, and like I do every trackback, I check it out. It was from James McGovern's, Enterprise Architecture: Thought Leadership blog. In particularly he tagged the 5 Things You Didn't Know about Liana "Li" Evans Meme. Apparently I was the "one blogger whom I don't know (even virtually) but will tag via trackback in hopes that they will consider charity a higher priority over etiquette or other secondary concerns."
So what's this about? I've copied and pasted from James' blog:
As a blogger, people may know you, but how good does anyone ever really know anyone? One way to get to know someone better is for them to talk about charities they support. What if bloggers were to go down a path of thinking about some of the people they only know of in the blogosphere and for a moment considered the human aspects of blogging and for a moment forgot about talking about business, technology or whatever their blog theme is. What if the game of Blog-Tag going around the blogosphere in which bloggers are sharing five things about themselves that relatively few people know, and then tagging five other bloggers to be "it" morphed into bloggers sharing the five charities they believe are most worthy of contribution?
So, I've got three charities that I donate funds/service/time to:
- Rotary International - The group in Frackville, PA (my hometown) is a great group of people who I have donated my time and services to. From helping out with fund drives, the anti-litter campaigns, putting up garbage cans on the main street, along with raising funds for the international efforts to wipe out Polio, Rotary International & Locally is accomplishing some major things!
- Animal Charities - Greyhound Rescues & ASPCA - Locally in Schuylkill County. If you all saw my Merry Christmas post - you all saw Reilly. He's a retired racer, I also have another named Bronco. My sister has two too! We are a greyhound family. I donate to any greyhound group I come across, and plan on adopting more in the future. I also always donate food, blankets and items of need to the local ASPCA in Schuylkill County, PA (where Frackville is).
- Frackville Library - Each year the Frackville Business & Professional Association puts on an annual event for Mardi Gras. Over the past 6 years we've raised close to 50K in funds to have a new library built in my hometown. Even though I don't live there anymore, my parents do and I'm still very active in this annual fundraiser. In 2004 I raised over $2700 myself and was actually crowned queen of Mardi Gras - it was a pretty proud moment for me, 3 weeks prior I was laid off from my job and lost a major source of fundraising, but I pushed on and plugged away - all for the library! I'm the event's photographer and webmaster - so on Feb. 18th, 2007 no matter how tired I'll be, the pictures go up! :)
So I'll tag three folks I know and one I barely know through a trackback - just like I was (explained above). You don't have to feel obligated, but it's great to find out more about what professionals in our industry do! I'm tagging DaveN (David Naylor), Todd Malicoat, Dan Kavanaugh.
As far as I know - there's no blog tag tree for this, I think it's just neat to highlight all the charities people can get involved with!