Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08: Operation Paperback

Want to know what’s going on? Visit this page.

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(Photo courtesy of Department of Defense – public domain)

Operation Paperback is a non-profit, grassroots program founded in 1999. We collect gently used books and send them to American troops deployed overseas.

Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. At the end of the duty day, the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed. Every week we receive thanks from troops who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.

Our service members make sacrifices every day for our country. It takes so little to let them know that we appreciate what they are doing for us. When you join in Operation Paperback, you will let our troops know that you support them, and you have not forgotten them.

Operation Paperback has ways you can volunteer your time and efforts or if you wish, donate postage to help mail the books to our soldiers.

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It’s time for a chance to win this book!

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A Year of Absence: Six women’s stories of courage, hope and love by Jessica Redmond

If you would like to win this book, just leave a comment on any of the posts between NOW and 11:00 a.m. U.S. central time! A winner will be announced in the 11:30 a.m. U.S. central time entry!

Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08: America Supports You

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We’ll begin with the mother of all support organizations: America Supports You.

America Supports You

America Supports You is a Department of Defense program that provides opportunities for citizens to show their support for the US Armed Forces. The program was launched in 2004 in an effort to highlight citizen support for our military men and women and communicate that support to the members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad.

America Supports You connects individuals, organizations and companies to hundreds of homefront groups offering a variety of support to the military community.

The program also connects military service members and their families to homefront groups that provide assistance.

The America Supports You website, www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil, provides a one-stop location for citizens and service members to connect with hundreds organizations eager to help.

America Supports You homefront groups show support in many ways including writing letters and e-mails, sending care packages, offering scholar­ships and helping the wounded when they return home.

If you have a few minutes (in between posts!), please watch their introductory video. I can almost guarantee it’ll being tears to your eyes.

In addition to the above intro video, you’ll find 131 additional touching and informative videos on how you can get involved in America Supports You programs nationwide.

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Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08 – An Introduction

Support Our Troops

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Well, here we are, the second post of 48. I plan on posting something every 30 minutes until 6:00 a.m. July 27th.

I’d like to start out things by introducing myself and tell you why I chose to blog for our troops.

My name is Karen. I’m a 40-something year-old woman. I’ve been married for 18 1/2 years to my best friend and lover. I’ve known my husband for nearly 21 years. We have two boys, GD (Game Dude) 15 and MK (Mushroom King), 13. I graduated from college in ’03 with a BS in technical writing, a minor in creative writing. I spend the majority of my time blogging, updating and building websites, juggling family obligations and writing short stories. I won’t bore you with the details, you can always read my about page, but suffice it to say, I’m no stranger to blogging. I’ve been blogging for nearly four years now (I started on Blogger, then moved to my own host, then finally made the [FINAL] move to wordpress.com). I blog to document my life. I’m not overly interested in making money from my blog, nor am I interested in selling my blog to others. I write for my entertainment and to record my life – according to me. I adore blogging and the community I’ve muscled my way into. I don’t see myself giving it up any time soon.

I do not have any direct ties with our military, though my father was in the army for a while when he and my mom were first married. He was a specialist who had high clearance for top secret missions. One time, he was on Air Force One and my mom never knew about it; it’s quite fascinating to listen to him talk about those days.

I’m blogging for our troops for one reason, and one reason only – awareness. I think it’s incredibly important to remind people of the sacrifices our men and women have made for our great country over the years and nothing makes me more angry than to listen to people trash talk our freedoms. People have DIED so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have now. The United States is GREAT! And don’t let any politician/person/nuthead try to convince you that it’s not. Sure we have problems, sure we could approve in some areas, but compared to so many countries out there, right now, we have it EASY. And I think people are too used to taking that fact for granted. No one needs to come in here and “improve” things, we need a leadership that will take charge (without removing our rights or taking complete control over our lives) and continue to protect our constitution – our armed forces have spent a few hundred years doing just that.

Who are we to belittle what they fought so hard to uphold?

Our country is a work-in-progress. It will NEVER be perfect. It will NEVER satisfy every person’s need or want. All we can do is try and strengthen our weaknesses and coexist in peace.

I think our troops get overlooked and taken for granted. Each and every person in our military deserves a warm hug, a heartfelt handshake and a hero’s welcome. For the next 23 hours, I plan on driving that point home.

You can expect a support the troops post at the top of every hour. At every half hour, I plan on posting short stories, links, and various fun things – stay tuned!

Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08 – The Beginning Post

Ready for a solid 24-hours of blogging? Are you sure? Brace yourself, it’s going to be a wild ride. 😀

(My apologizes to my RSS readers – your inbox will be flooded with entries for the next 24 hours, but I hope you’ll find the content fun, informative and heart warming).

Support Our Troops

For those of you just tuning in, this is the first entry for the ’08 blog-a-thon. A blog-a-thon is a program that encourages bloggers to post an entry, every thirty minutes, in order to bring awareness and ask for pledges for their favorite charities. The official blog-a-thon site is not active this year, however, I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition. I’m not only participating, I’m putting a little spin on things.

Instead of blogging for just one charity, I will be blogging for many charities all promoting one common theme: Supporting our troops.

And before my international friends tune me out and think this is just for the U.S. Armed forces, consider this: have you shown your support for your country’s troops lately? Now would be the perfect opportunity to look into some organizations that you can get involved with to help show your support for the brave men and women who have the courage to stand up and defend our/your country. And if you would like to pass on those links, please feel free to leave me a comment!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you’ll find the time to sit down and read my blog entries in between chores/activities today and keep me company! Twenty-four hours can be a LOOONG time when there’s no one to talk to. 😀

ALSO! I plan on giving away some really cool books – stay tuned!

Blog-a-thon 2008

Blog-a-thon ’08: Support Our Troops

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The last saturday in July every year, (July 26th this year), the blog-o-sphere hosts a blog-a-thon.

A blog-a-thon is:

People who update their websites every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight. For this, they collect sponsorships. Pledges can be a flat donation, or a certain amount for every hour the blogger manages to stay awake.

I think this is an excellent idea and plan on participating every year. This is my second year to participate. Last year, I was part of a collaborative effort and we blogged for First Book. Won’t you join me in blogging for a worthy cause? My blog-a-thon begins July 26th at 6:00 a.m. U.S. central time and ends July 27th at 6:00 a.m. U.S. central time

The theme for 2008? SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

Usually, bloggers pick one charity and blog for that one charity for 24 straight hours. However, this year, I’m approaching the challenge a bit differently.

There are so many worthy organizations out there for our troops that I can’t possibly settle on blogging for just one. So, I would like to take this 2008 blog-a-thon opportunity to showcase several different organizations in the hopes that

1. you will know about these outstandings causes and

2. that you might find it in your heart to partake of these charities and either donate your time, or your money, in helping them carry out their mission.

In addition to some pretty awesome links and an ongoing story about three military women waiting for their men to come home during that 24-hour period, I also plan on giving away two books and one journal.

The first book (are you making notes? I don’t see you writing anything down! Have you added me to your RSS read yet? It’s a whole lot easier than actually clicking over! Do it now before you forget!) I’ll be giving away is:

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A Year of Absence: Six women’s stories of courage, hope and love by Jessica Redmond

This book will be given away beginning at 8:00 a.m. July 26th. All you’ll have to do is leave a comment between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – a random winner will be announced in the 11:30 entry.

The second is:

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Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul: Stories to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit by Jack Canfield

This book will be given away beginning at 2:00 p.m. July 26th. All you’ll have to do is leave a comment between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – a random winner will be announced in the 6:30 entry.

And the journal will be PERFECT for some lucky winner to record his/her thoughts or events while the loved one is away.

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The journal will be given away beginning at 8:00 p.m. July 26th. All you’ll have to do is leave a comment between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. – a random winner will be announced in the 11:30 p.m. entry.

If you are a military spouse (or soldier), or know of a military spouse (or soldier), you really won’t want to miss this. It promises to be a patriotic, and emotional, 24-hours. I plan on showcasing several charities, showing pictures of homecoming moments and posting dedication videos to our wonderful armed forces every thirty minutes.

The fun begins July 26th, at 6:00 a.m. U.S. central time. Don’t miss out!

(If you’re participating in the blog-a-thon this year, leave me a comment and I’ll include your link on the blog-a-thon page so others can come visit you!!)