The good thing about Facebook is that it gives everyone an outlet for their opinion. The bad thing about Facebook is that it gives… well, EVERYONE an outlet for their opinion. I get that everyone is entitled to one and blah, blah, blah, but more often than not it just seems that people are throwing their opinion out there with hopes of inciting arguments and debate. These past couple of weeks have helped me clean up my friends list quite nicely!
BUT social media does have its perks. To the world of animal rescue, it has been invaluable. Rescues can reach out to fosters and donors and network nationwide like never before (at least until Facebook changed their algorithms trying to force nonprofits to pay to have their posts seen, but that’s a tangent I won’t get off on today. If you’d like, you can read more about that here.)
I’ve become a little more involved in social medial myself this year. At the beginning of 2015, when I was healthy, running 100+ miles a month, and had high hopes for this year, I decided I was going to actively pursue 50 half marathons in 50 states. I knew that there had to be a way that I could use those miles to do some good, so after talking with a local rescue and a couple of friends, we came up with an idea. Remember the bike-a-thons we probably all took part in as a kid? You know, you go around the neighborhood asking for pledges, and people pledge so many cents per mile. You ride your little heart out for one event on one day and then tally up how much your pledgees owe you! Well, what I came up with works much the same way, only this “event” lasts all year. At the beginning of each month, I’ll ask for pledges for that month and then at the end of the month I tally up how many miles I’ve run, walked, etc., and those pledgees make their calcuated donations to the rescue! The rescue is Goofy Foot Dog Rescue, so I very appropriately (in more ways than one haha) created a Facebook group called The Goofy Runner where this all takes place. If you’re so inclined, I invite you to join the group! You can pledge for one month, pledge every month, or don’t pledge at all and just sit back and watch or offer moral support or share the page. You can be as involved as you want to be! No one will harass you or try to guilt or shame you into anything. This is all in fun and just a very light-hearted fundraiser. And I very intentionally keep the pledges low so as to encourage more sponsors. I’d rather have 20 sponsors with a $10 commitment than 3 sponsors with a $25 commitment because #math. So please come join us! It’s not too late to sponsor July!
Also follow me on Instagram @pamruns13.1 for a hot mess of randomness. Everyone needs more cute animals and nonsense in their day, right?
I’m linking up with MCM Mama for today’s Tuesday’s on the Run topic: Social Media Share.