Bloggers Standing Up: SocialVibeJune 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Life, Lumpy | 4 Comments
Tags: causes, charity, non-profit, socialvibe, widget
WordPress, my blogging platform, has just partnered with SocialVibe in an effort to raise awareness & support for charities and non-profits helping people in need. I am all for charities & social responsibility, as some of you know, so I was excited that my humble blog may be able to support important causes.
A topic went under discussion recently in the lolita community, about social responsibility & lolita. The poster said that sometimes she felt like she was being to materialistic; like all of the money she was spending on her clothes could be going to a greater cause. This is very true, however I do feel that our expenses are necessary to us as people & as souls. Let’s face it: our world is not a very pretty place right now. Darfur, North Korea, Iran, and many other, less-publicized places in the world are not doing well, & their inhabitants are aching for help. This is why I donate & support non-profits in any way possible. However, as I’ve said before, I feel that lolitas are a very interesting breed: we need beauty in our lives, would suffocate on all the smog & ugliness if there was nothing to sustain this need. In these dark times, we need to see the light. This is why we still buy our clothes – we ache for the people in far-off lands with so little of the comforts that are part of our everyday lives, and it seems like there is so little that we can do, so we hide in our own worlds of beauty.
This is not good. Beauty is necessary in our lives, but it’s also necessary to the other inhabitants of our planet. I’m all for creating our own worlds, creating beautiful places to hide in, and I don’t think this is necessarily an unhealthy practice. I’m not telling you to stop buying clothes. I am, however, telling you that, since we have a deeper understanding & appreciation of the beauty in the world, it is our duty to try & show that beauty to other people. This is why we answer all the questions when we go out (“Why are you dressed like that? Where is it from? Where did you buy those dresses?”)- it may be annoying, but deep inside we want to share all the loveliness that we see in the world with other people – because, honestly, this aesthetic doesn’t belong to us, and we can’t keep it from the masses just because we want to pretend it’s ours. That, however, is a topic for another post.
SocialVibe is a website that teams individuals, nonprofits and big-box sponsors: a blogger or webmaster adds a link to their website. The link supports a nonprofit. Every time a viewer clicks the link & subsequent links from there, the big-box sponsor donates to the cause. For those of you who use Facebook, think of it like certain non-profit applications on there: Li’l Green Patch, etc. WordPress has partnered with SocialVibe, so now anyone who blogs with WordPress can add the SocialVibe widget to their blogs and support causes that resonate with them.
Personally, and I’m hoping to switch causes every so often, I’ve chosen To Write Love on Her Arms. From their website: “To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest in treatment and recovery.” Personally, I consider this a very important cause, especially as relates to lolita. We can be such a horrible subculture, honestly – we ridicule & disrespect & cut down anyone who says the wrong thing. One misstep and the verbal whiplash could be permanent. Also, being a subculture, we attract people who are dissatisfied with their current surroundings & lifestyle. These people sometimes feel like they’ve finally found a group, a society, that accepts and welcomes them. If they misstep and are ridiculed for it, they can feel like they were lied to and get very upset about this. A small percentage of these people, like a small percentage of people in every demographic, already have insecurities that are ripping them apart, and I hate to think what some of the people in our group could do to someone who already has a budding depression or suicidal tendencies.
People who know me well may be confused right now – as someone whose life has been touched by self-hate, depression, and suicidal tendencies from all sides (friends, family, self), I’ve always believed that if someone intends to kill themselves, they will, & no amount of intervention will help. However, TWLOHA is an organization that worked with my high school while I attended, and I really approve of their beliefs and ethics. Also, their website is really amazing – their “Vision” page is really beautifully written and very emotionally-charged, and I’d like to think that an organization that puts its heart on its proverbial sleeve in such a manner really does have good intentions.
I’ve noticed that there seem to be a few bugs with the SocialVibe badge, but once they work themselves out please give a few clicks. This is a wonderful, easy way that we can help change the world. Like I’ve said, I think that lolitas intrinsically want to make the world more beautiful and help our fellow souls escape the ugliness it can hold. Please prove me right.
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Even the best oatmeal has its lumpsLumps are the little things - you finally get your dream dress, but can't wear it to work! Your teachers won't allow your poof because it's "too distracting" to your body-baring classmates. Lumps are the little injustices you just can't stomach, but don't know how to get rid of. Miss Lumpy knows much about lumps, and is here to help :)