I have a dilemma that I need to discuss with you. Just about every week I get an email from someone who either themselves are in need, or know of some one or some cause that desperately needs some help. These are not whimsical wants or fancies; these are mostly desperately sad stories of terrible tragedy, or loss or devastation. And sometimes there are personal stories of pain that touch me deeply. Some people send me a note just to bring things to my attention; others just want some kind words of comfort or prayers. But mostly the senders of these emails want me to say something on my blog about their plight, or the cause they are highlighting.
And I am always so torn. I don’t know what to do. My gut says that you guys wouldn’t want every second post of mine to be about some cause or plight, and yet I feel as if I should raise these issues in some way. Because maybe someone somewhere can help, or in some cases, the stories the emailers want to raise could serve as a warning to others and prevent similar tragedies. And sometimes the person just wants our collective prayers and good wishes.
I wish I had a section on my blog I could allocate to these type of issues – a page or section where I could put up these stories and pleas, and readers could go there if they wished, or if not, could ignore it completely. I don’t think it is possible in Typepad – unless some clever person out there knows of a way. Because that would be first prize for me. The greatest thing about the Blogosphere and the Internet in general is that there is this awesome collective power of good that exists out there – you guys showed that with Julie’s baby shower, with Boulder’s quilt, with Rose’s breast surgery and with the poor new moms in South Africa. I am sure there could be some collective support for any of these causes somewhere out there.
However, in the absence of a separate page or section, how would you feel if posted these pleas or notes as a blog post? Would you prefer not to read these on my blog? Or don’t you mind. What I could do is a weekly or monthly community / goodwill type post where I put the stories in one post? Perhaps I will do a poll and ask you guys that way.
I know this is my blog, and I can do as I please, but I would be lying if I said your opinion didn’t matter to me.