Obviously, I haven’t been blogging in a few months. This is not really unusual for me. If anything, the most unusual thing is that I went so long before I stopped blogging. I’ll usually start blogs with the very best intentions of keeping them updated and then, after a while, just get too busy or uninterested to continue. So, first off I want to apologize for disappearing like that.
In the meantime, since I stopped, I did continue making charitable contributions. My New Year’s Resolution for 2011 was to donate to charity every week, not to blog about it. I had hoped that blogging about it would get people to join me in the project and maybe spark something. When that didn’t seem to be the case (or if it was, I didn’t hear any comments telling me that it was), the blogging became more of a chore than a joy, and I let myself stop.
As for the specific charities though, since I wasn’t blogging I didn’t care about sticking with just those charities that everyone could agree were worth supporting. I set up a couple as continuing contributions, meaning they’ll get an automatic donation every month until I decide to stop. I gave money to an individual family that I wanted to be completely anonymous (and I wouldn’t even mention it here, except that I discovered I wasn’t as anonymous as I thought). I gave money to political figures and groups that I support. And I’ll probably continue giving money like that through the rest of the year.
Now, this isn’t to say that all of my giving has been to things that wouldn’t have fit on the blog had I continued the effort as originally planned. I gave to The World Food Program after reading about the famine in Somalia. I also gave to Oxfam International for the same reason. And I’m now a recurring donor (as mentioned above) to UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders. I made a small donation to Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue after they (possibly) saved my step-dad’s life (either way, he was in a pretty rough spot, and it’s hard to say if he could’ve gotten out under his own power). I also gave money to the International Red Cross (not the American one, so no tax deduction for it) as well as Share Our Strength.
I’m probably done with blogging, but I just wanted my one or two readers out there to know where I went and offer some explanation for why I stopped. I hope you’re not overly disappointed with me. I still think it was a great idea, but it’s hard to feel like the only one part of what I’d hoped could be a movement.