Happy Valentines Day!
Although the US tends to think of this day as primarily a day to cherish our spouses or significant others, in many other countries it is a broader celebration that includes remembering our friends; much more like it was when you were in grade school and you made Valentine’s cards for everyone in the class.
Whether we celebrate our lovers or friends, it is a day where we focus on giving. We often do this by giving gifts or taking time to do something special, but we also give of our hearts. Why not try something different today and consider volunteering or doing something nice for someone in your community? And if you can’t find anyone, check out Sparked, a great website that connects volunteers with projects that they can do from the comfort of their own home.
I did one that I will share with you today. Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) wanted some help shaping up their blog. I often get told that people like my blog partially because they say it is “clean” and “well organized.” I believe that this applies less this year with the addition of my Year of Volunteering, nonetheless, I have learned a thing or two about what makes a successful blog.
The challenge: “We’d like to get some feedback about our organization’s blog and if we’re providing the right mix of content. What do you like about it, and what could we do to improve? Is it telling our story effectively? Are we spending too much time talking about ways to donate? Are we not telling enough first-person accounts or writing enough essays?”
So I spent some time reviewing their blog and tried to formulate some suggestions for them which you can find here…mine are listed under “Reed.” If you like them, go ahead and click on the thumbs up to let them know you agree with my suggestions.
Take a look around Sparked. Who knows, maybe you will find a project for you!
Enjoy your week!