Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
You’re a twenty-something blogger. That makes you a trendsetter. No, seriously…you’re a trendsetter. Maybe you didn’t realize that, but it takes guts to put your thoughts and experiences in front of your readers, day in and day out, and your readers respect you for it. When we created 20 Something Bloggers, we wanted you to have a place to find people like you. What she didn’t realize at the time was that our community would become so much more than just a meeting place.
This year will be a big year for 20SB. We are hard at work behind the scenes to upgrade our network and to turn our burgeoning community into the best place for twenty-something bloggers to get together. You know what really makes 20SB awesome, though? It’s the incredible stuff you guys are doing all over the world.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with HandsIn, the world’s first fully interactive twenty-something’s charitable community founded by 20SB Featured Blogger Nicole Antoinette, to take our first collective action to create real change.
Starting today, we’re pledging to raise $5,000 for charity: water - the cost of building a clean water well in a developing country. Did you know that 1.1 billion people on the planet don't have access to safe, clean drinking water? That's one in six of us. Imagine if a thousand 20SBers didn’t have clean water.
Can you even imagine what your life would be like without clean water? Water is such an integral part of our lifestyle, from showering to laundry, washing dishes to brewing coffee, brushing our teeth to just having a glass of water when we’re thirsty - and there are over a billion people in the world who can’t do those things.
This is where charity: water comes in. charity: water is a 501(c)3 organization with private funding, and they use 100% of donated money for water projects around the world. They’ve harnessed the power of the internet to show donors exactly what their money is creating. Twelve months after we’ve reached our goal, we'll receive GPS coordinates and photographs of the completed water project we funded. Think about that; twenty-somethings will have changed a third world community forever. And donating is just a click away!
Here’s the thing: we don’t want you to break the bank. We want lots of you to donate a little. We want you to show the strength of your numbers; if 1000 of us skip a latte or dessert just once, and throw $5 towards the cause, we will have made a statement. Twenty-somethings care and we’re willing to prove it.
There’s more! The fantastic people at Brita (responsible for the FilterForGood campaign to reduce bottled water consumption) are sponsoring a prize giveaway for donors! So get wet with us by donating whatever you can to our charity: water fundraiser, and then head over to HandsIn be entered to win a Brita pitcher and 2 reusable water bottles!
For more information (and tips on how to get others involved), check out our fundraising resource page. Make sure to grab a badge after donating, and then help us spread the word! Again, the goal here is lots of little donations!
Let’s do this! Let’s build a world-changing twenty-something fresh water well and bring clean, safe water to an entire town in need! Read rest of these entry>>>
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
20SB is looking for some awesome members to help us manage the network and all of its various activities! We have worked up to this point as a very, very small team. Our intent is to make our community the number one destination for digitally-savvy twenty-somethings.
With our recent burst in growth, and the sheer amount of fun and exciting activities on the network, we'd like to build out a team and we'd like you to express interest if you have it!
Rather than be overly repetitive, please head to the network forum to check out what roles we'd like filled, and all the pertinent information.
Thanks in advance!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Lisa: This is an interview with Katelin of http://www.prettysandyfeet.com/
Lisa: You've been a member of 20sb for a really long time, right?
How does it feel to finally join the hallowed ranks of Featured Blogger?
Katelin: Haha, yeah I think I was in the 200s group
It feels pretty awesome actually, not going to lie, I wrote a whole post about it,
Lisa: Link us to the post!
Lisa: nice, thanks
For how long have you been blogging?
Katelin: It'll be two years May 9th
Lisa: happy early anniversary!
What made you start blogging?
Katelin: Well my friends and I had started one but that fell apart, then I had to read them all day for my job so I figured I could start one and see where it went
Now I don't know what I'd do without it
Lisa: Oh, I hear that big time
I know you just got engaged, and you love celeb news, but what are some other big topics that you blog about? and how would you describe your average reader?
Katelin: Well celebrities are the most constant topic since every Tuesday is dedicated to Hollywood news, and the engagement is so new I don't know how much I'll talk about wedding planning, but I also talk about my every day life, past college stories, share random stories I find online. It's all a pretty good mix of random, haha.As for my average reader, I'd say it's people that don't mind reading Hollywood gossip, enjoy random factoids, and are as easily amused as I am
Lisa: Do you use twitter and/or tumblr?
Katelin: I am most definitely a twitterer, I even got lucky, since I joined over a year ago that my name is my twitter account, makes it easy: http://twitter.com/katelin
Lisa: Oh lucky, hardly anybody gets their actual name
Katelin: Haha yeah and I don't know too many Katelin's spelled my way either
Lisa: Where do you live, where did you go to school?
Katelin: I live in good ole Pasadena, California, and for anyone that doesn't know where that is, just think Rose Bowl. As for college I went nowhere near California and trotted off to Denison University in Granville, OH, definitely a change from So Cal life
Lisa: Why'd you move back?
Katelin: Well I am truly a California girl at heart, I just wanted a change for college, I always knew I'd come back
Lisa: What has one of your most popular posts been?
Katelin: Haha that's funny you ask because my most popular one was from Monday, when I told everyone I got engaged over the weekend. Definitely the most comments I have ever gotten on a post that wasn't a contest
Lisa: Tell us your engagement story!
Katelin: Well I've been with Matt (the fiancee, man that word still makes me giggle) for almost 3 years, but I've known him 9 so I kind of knew we'd get engaged one day I just didn't know when.
But Friday he said he had the best birthday present ever (since my birthday was Saturday), and he was right, he surprised me and flew in my best friend from North Carolina, then we came back to our apartment for a surprise dinner, and after dinner he took me outside for "one more present"
And he told me to close my eyes, and when I opened them he was in front of me on one knee with a ring
Is there anything else you think the 20sb crowd reading this interview might want to know?
Katelin: Ummm, I met Joshua Jackson last Thursday and that was pretty amazing, since I'm a huge fan, and I can't do a cart wheel, and I don't like strawberries. All relevant stuff of course
Lisa: Very relevant
I don't like strawberries that much either, so we're basically twins
Katelin: What are your thoughts on zuchinni? Because if you don't like that either, then we are definitely twins
Lisa: sorry, I love it in spaghetti sauce or stir fry only.
I guess not twins, just close cousins or something
Katelin: That works too
Well, thanks for the interview and have fun planning your wedding!
Katelin: Haha thanks I'm sort of secretly but not at all secretly excited :)
Lisa: I love secret-not-secrets!
well, I'll talk to you later then! Bye
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