I haven’t been posting some of my ten minute musings from class because they’re much too personal for me to share even with the readers of GingerSass! Here’s my latest ten minute musing from yesterday (Saturday) morning.
Just when I reach a moment of despair and decide that I probably won’t be attending any conferences this summer, the unexpected happens: a complete stranger contributes to my online fundraiser for BlogHer ’12.
What the what?!
I set up a fundraiser on ChipIn.com, which is a knock off of KickStarter for fundraisers. (Fun tidbit: You cannot raise money on KickStarter for a website or event, only projects with actual physical results.) I tweeted a bunch of celebrities asking for donations, and I hashtagged #BlogHer12 like crazy, not expecting any results.
Twenty four hours later, a woman I didn’t even know made the first contribution of $10. Now, $10 may not seem like a lot, but that’s almost half of a round trip ticket to the city, 5 trips on the subway, the handling fees online for purchasing a BlogHer full conference pass, etc. Knowing that someone who doesn’t even know me believes in my cause enough to donate any money at all really means more than I can ever express.
Even if I get sponsors to donate hundreds of dollars, DragynAlly will always hold a special place in my heart because she’s the first one to say she believes in me and my blogging dreams. Her donation motivated me to set up a donor awards system for donations, and to apply for various scholarships I’ve been finding online. While I don’t know how long GingerSass will be a part of my life, I know that it will always be a significant portion of my life. Writing has helped me overcome so much this past year, and I cannot even begin to express how much it means to me to be (slowly) making my writing dreams come true.