So...I know it is only October, far too early to be thinking about Christmas...
Except that (1) this idea will take some time to get set up and (2) people are already stressing about Christmas.
I would like to set up a web of etsys or online stores where IF/pg loss/adoption bloggers could sell their wares in order to gather money for treatments or adoption. Other bloggers could do their Christmas shopping at these stores, gaining gifts for their loved ones while knowing that the money they are spending is helping a fellow stirrup queen or sperm palace jester. Of course, my desire is not just to have this be a Christmas thing, but to have this be a year-round idea with a constant link on my blog (of course, drawn in Microsoft Paint). If you've been looking for a way to turn the Christmas season into something other than the anxiety-inducing time period it can be, this project (the setting up of the store, the creation of the wares, and the...I don't know what else would need to happen) could eat up a great deal of your energy. And fund your treatments/adoption.
- The money from your business either needs to be benefiting an IF/pg loss organization OR your own treatments/adoption (of course, you can also set up a store to help a fellow blogger who is not artistically-inclined, but it needs to be clear that the money from the site is going towards someone's treatments/adoption costs).
- I do reserve the right not to add a store to the list if I deem it inappropriate (a store that sells leftover meds, which nice, is illegal) or too large a portion of the revenue not really earmarked for treatments/adoption (for instance, it's a non-IF blogger who says they'll donate a dollar or two to Resolve).
- You can have a cafepress store, etsy, online business, etc (I'm not very technologically-advanced so other options may exist). There needs to be an online portion to the store (though if a local business wants to advertise on the list and donate the money to an IF/pg loss organization of our choosing, I'd be game) so it's accessible to everyone. Be creative--you can sell anything from books, pottery, jewelry, quilts, cards or clothing.
I've set up a post and created an icon. So start creating your store or sell your wares directly through your blog.