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Activism for Beginners
Do you have something to say that you think the world needs to hear? I bet you do, and I bet you might be a little bit lost as to where to start. I'm here to help you get started advocating for your cause. Let's begin.
For a lot of people the word activism has some common connotations, demonstrations in the streets, people handing out pamphlets and flyers, sound familiar? A lot of us have issues that are close to our hearts but we may not have the time or money to contribute to our causes or volunteer and so we do nothing. I'm here to guide you through doing your part as best you can.
The first thing you need to do is think about what you're passionate about. Children? Family? Equal rights? What really gets you going? Maybe you want to write about being a parent, or being a kid. Whatever you've got on your mind there is space on the internet for all of us.
Now that you've got your ideas in mind, what do you do with them? My first suggestion is to start a blog. There are as many types of online places to keep a journal as there are people. A few examples of free services include, Livejournal, Blogger, Aeonity, Xanga and Diaryland.
All of those sites are highly interactive and easy to use for both an old hand and the novice blogger.
Now that you've got a virtual home, start writing. Write what you feel, write from your heart. It doesn't have to be perfect you don't have to be a professional. Once you've got some content it's time to find like minded people.
Whether it's a group of Google, a forum or other group tell people about your blog and share links. Put your new URL as your signature in your email or in forums where it's appropriate. And start reading other peoples blogs and comment, find your community. As I said there is a place for all of us, including you and there is community for all of us.
In my next installment come back for tips on promotion, ways to make it easier for your new readers to keep up on your current content.