Making it Count

Making it Count

I have been musing on this post for quite some time, highly anticipating my leg of the Shot@Life Blogust Blog Relay for Good since it was announced with a video that gave me chills. What would I share? What one story could I possibly tell that would express my feelings about how blogging has changed my life, how comments have impacted me, how honored I am to be included amongst this stellar team of 31 bloggers or how it feels to be a part of a something as innovative as Blogust? Truth is, there is no single story.  There never really is only one. That’s not how this all works. Not the blogosphere, not the internet, not world.  As Catherine said so well in her post yesterday, the story is a community story.

From the beginning of blogs until now, we have witnessed that story taking shape; from outline to introduction, chapter to chapter. The stringing together of thoughts, ideas and experiences, that over a relatively short amount of time has woven together an epic tale of integrity, authenticity, vulnerably, strength, support, and compassion. Perhaps the best part of this story, is that it’s enduring. And it’s getting better and better with each page.

As for my thoughts on comments, which are driving the enormous success of this campaign, quite simply, I treasure them. And to all the people who have kindly offered comments on the many stories I have shared over the years, I want you to know that have read them all and I offer you a big grateful thank you! For being so supportive. For being so generous. For reminding me I am not alone. When you share something from your heart; something perhaps that you never thought you’d share about your struggles or something that you’re excited to share, like your successes, an answer coming from the other side is like a lifeline. Anyone who has received a kind comment when they needed it most has felt it. And that give and take, that back and forth, that conversation does end up being an important part of the story as a whole and it’s totally inspiring.

So, what happens next? I’m not sure. We’ll have to keep reading. But I do know what happens now. We keep writing. We keep sharing, expressing, commenting, and encouraging.  We take what we’ve got and we try to create the most good that we can. We use this powerful collective platform and we make it count. We forge ahead and continue to create the kind of local and global change that will stand as the legacy of this—our community story.

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Be a part of the story and make it count today by simply commenting on this post. That’s all you have to do to make a difference in the life of a child that needs it most. Your one comment here will translate into $20 that will go directly to Shot@Life to provide a child with the vaccines they need for a shot at a healthy life. Yes, you heard right, $20 per comment up to a maximum of $200,000 to reach 10,000 children. 10,000 children!!! That is a staggering amount of good.

And in the spirit of community, Shot@Life is not only counting the comments you leave here today, but they are also counting the comments made at Shutter Sisters (I know, it’s crazy awesome, right?) so pop over and join us there as we tell our community story with images and if you leave a comment there too, that’s ANOTHER $20 donation to help another child. Pinch me.

And for tomorrow? Next up in the relay will be Suzanne Chan. Be sure to visit Suzanne tomorrow to keep this story going.

179 Comments
  • marcy
    Posted at 02:48h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for publicizing this and for all you’re doing to help others and promote positive changes in the world. Thank you for reminding us to look for appreciate the beauty and good in our worlds and lives.

  • Becs
    Posted at 03:42h, 10 August Reply

    This is such an amzing initiative, I so love the idea of a blog relay!
    I love what you’ve written here – espeecially the line “…we try to create the most good we can”. I’m relatively new to the blogging world and all this is so inspirational, thank you for sharing it.

  • Lyssa
    Posted at 03:55h, 10 August Reply

    Hi Tracey! Thanks for posting and encouraging people to “be part of the story.” I love that and am totally going to use it!

    🙂

  • Gabriela
    Posted at 04:00h, 10 August Reply

    Supporting a great cause has never been any easier with your hard work! Thanks

  • lifeineden {amy}
    Posted at 04:17h, 10 August Reply

    Having been involved in blogging for many years, I have watched it grow and change — sometimes for good, sometimes not so much. I love how this campaign not only benefits a fabulous cause, but perhaps helps us get back to the roots of bloogging — connection.

  • Harriet
    Posted at 04:34h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for participating in this important project..Love your story, yes, we are all part of a community..we all have a role to play and together we can make the world a better place!

  • C
    Posted at 04:34h, 10 August Reply

    This campaign is so amazing. Thanks for participating!

  • jenlemen
    Posted at 04:43h, 10 August Reply

    blogging has changed my life because it helped me meet people like you. xo

    • Chrysula
      Posted at 09:15h, 10 August Reply

      Jen, you changed it for all of us! Hope you’re well and happy. I loved meeting you at Blissdom this year with Katherine Stone. xo

  • Morra
    Posted at 04:47h, 10 August Reply

    Tracy, I’ve been so inspired by your blogging for years. And then when I met your daughter in DC – wow, I knew you were on to something. Thank you for shining your light on us all!
    xo
    Morra

  • littlepurplecow
    Posted at 04:48h, 10 August Reply

    I’m with Jen. Grateful to have found you and our dear Shutter Sisters.

  • Myrdin Thompson
    Posted at 04:49h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for this post! I find that sometimes in just putting “pen to paper” I am better able to process those truly transformative events in my life. Blogging about what I’m passionate about helps me gain perspective. I often look back at older posts and think is this still relevant? Did something change? Do I still feel this way about this issue? And always recognizing those who make a difference in our lives never goes out of style!

  • Kristen - Motherhood Uncensored
    Posted at 05:12h, 10 August Reply

    I’m loving that these comments support charity, but it’s also nice to visit friends I haven’t “seen” in awhile. Nice place you have here, lady. xo

  • DebC
    Posted at 05:14h, 10 August Reply

    Writing about how blogging has changed my life…a subject much too involved for my intellect.
    I just know that I love being able to share about my life and, dare I say, my art.
    And, in turn, I love being connected to other bloggers through their blogs.
    Comments are our footprints.
    I, too, treasure them.

    Wonderful cause you are blogging for today.
    If I could also post at Shutter Sisters, you know I would…
    and this would be the comment:

    Family rocks!
    My granddaughter, age 2 1/2:
    http://www.deborahcrecelius.com/2012/08/20120809-love-life.html
    and my niece at the county fair:
    http://www.deborahcrecelius.com/2012/08/20120806-who-she-is.html

  • Cooper Munroe
    Posted at 05:14h, 10 August Reply

    Beautiful words Tracey! Thank you for sharing your incredible talents in this great effort! And for elevating the everyday – everyday!!!!!!!

  • sashalyn
    Posted at 05:19h, 10 August Reply

    I have been participating in commenting all over the blogosphere to help with the Shot@Life relay. Thank you for being a part of it & allowing me to help yet again!

  • Eliza
    Posted at 05:29h, 10 August Reply

    Been doing a lot of thinking about speech, and the responsibility that comes with freedom. About using
    our words for love. Thank you for doing that here.

  • Amber
    Posted at 05:32h, 10 August Reply

    Tracy, I have loved both your blog and SS since my start in photography years ago when my kids were small. I have grown both as a parent and a photographer and value the treasure of family that my camera captures everyday. Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity to participate.

  • Jodi
    Posted at 05:32h, 10 August Reply

    thanks for sharing

  • Chrysula
    Posted at 05:36h, 10 August Reply

    You have energy and a spirit about you that just makes us all want more! Thank you for your pictures and stories that let us share a little bit of your essence every time we stop by.

  • Catherine/Her Bad Mother
    Posted at 05:49h, 10 August Reply

    I’m so proud that we’re part of this story together. And so thrilled that we’ll be making many more stories together.

    xo

  • Roxanna (miguelina)
    Posted at 05:54h, 10 August Reply

    I am honored to be a part of this initiative with you.

  • heather r morgan
    Posted at 06:04h, 10 August Reply

    It’s so exciting to be able to leave a comment and do something good!

  • melissa
    Posted at 06:12h, 10 August Reply

    thank you for sharing your generous, wholehearted and honest life reflections via your blog, tracey. your writing has been a source of great inspiration and solace. though I have been quiet on my blog lately, I remain committed to the storytelling process, where our souls offer expression in the spirit of connection. beautiful blogust.

  • Misty
    Posted at 06:22h, 10 August Reply

    Going to tweet this now so you can get even more comments!

  • Hollie_baker@yahoo.com
    Posted at 06:24h, 10 August Reply

    This is just great 🙂 what a wonderful thing to do hope my comment counts!

  • Elisa (@AverageAdvocate)
    Posted at 06:28h, 10 August Reply

    Super exciting thing, this blogust! What an ingenious idea. And by the way, your photography is lovely!

  • Cma
    Posted at 06:31h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for the information… Hope I can help in a Small way!

  • kristin
    Posted at 06:36h, 10 August Reply

    such a wonderful initiative!
    here’s do having an impact.

  • IlinaP
    Posted at 06:47h, 10 August Reply

    “Be a part of the story.” That is awesome.

  • Matthew Smith
    Posted at 06:59h, 10 August Reply

    Beautifully said Tracy! Thanks for who you are and what you do.

  • Judy Salcedo
    Posted at 07:09h, 10 August Reply

    What a great initiative and a great way to spread the word. Good job, such good here!

  • Jules
    Posted at 07:15h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for helping and giving us the opportunity to help with a simple comment.

  • Emily McKhann
    Posted at 07:21h, 10 August Reply

    Tracey, I love how you’ve captured for all of us this moment in time –

    From the beginning of blogs until now, we have witnessed that story taking shape; from outline to introduction, chapter to chapter. The stringing together of thoughts, ideas and experiences, that over a relatively short amount of time has woven together an epic tale of integrity, authenticity, vulnerably, strength, support, and compassion. Perhaps the best part of this story, is that it’s enduring. And it’s getting better and better with each page.

    We are all here together at the beginning of something so new, powerful and transformative, and I love getting to pause with you here and marvel that we get to live in this moment in history, and be there for each other in ways that were never possible before.

    I’ve loved your writing and photos for so long and am incredibly excited for your new book to come out, Elevate the Everyday. We certainly are doing that here today!

    Here’s to raising $20 for a child to receive four very needed vaccines!

  • BloggerFather
    Posted at 07:27h, 10 August Reply

    Cool stuff. And this campaign is letting me discover all these great blogs I somehow missed.

  • Laura
    Posted at 07:28h, 10 August Reply

    So glad to be a part, albeit small, of all this! You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your stories.

  • BBS
    Posted at 07:29h, 10 August Reply

    You really DO make it count!

  • Jen from Mom It Forward
    Posted at 07:30h, 10 August Reply

    What a beautiful post, Tracey! I’m so happy to see that you’re part of this amazing campaign!

  • Jennifer G
    Posted at 07:38h, 10 August Reply

    This is wonderful, helping children!

  • Matt Baucco
    Posted at 07:42h, 10 August Reply

    What a wonderful post. Thank you for helping. 🙂

  • Tanis
    Posted at 07:44h, 10 August Reply

    It’s amazing to think that something so easy as commenting on a person’s blog, which I’ve been doing for years now, is helping to change someone’s world and raise money for a great charity. I’m so proud of each of you who are in this relay and I’m so inspired by this entire campaign.

  • Marijah
    Posted at 07:47h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for being a part of Blogust. This is such an awesome initiative!

  • Dana
    Posted at 07:53h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for making a difference!

  • Asha Dornfest
    Posted at 08:01h, 10 August Reply

    Seeing you was one of the highlights of my trip to Utah for Evo. You have and continue to put so much good into the world!

  • Mom101
    Posted at 08:04h, 10 August Reply

    And you are always one of my favorite commenters – to see your pretty face (or just your lovely, supportive words) pop up in my comment section, any time, always brings a smile to my face. Your comments make a difference to me, and I’m glad that now my comments here make a difference to you–and a child.

  • Reagan
    Posted at 08:05h, 10 August Reply

    Amazing! Who knew it could be so easy to help!?

  • marina_sorr
    Posted at 08:07h, 10 August Reply

    thank you for all you’re doing Tracey, for blogust, with your blog, with Shuttersisters!

  • Elena
    Posted at 08:07h, 10 August Reply

    This….” an answer coming from the other side is like a lifeline”…this is the beauty of a comment. Knowing that someone is connecting and that in some way or comments help sustain us, propel us to try new things, and even act as a cheering section.

  • Aziza
    Posted at 08:16h, 10 August Reply

    This is an amazing idea. Love it. 🙂

  • Gina Henning
    Posted at 08:17h, 10 August Reply

    Awesome post, I’m happy to be a part of this opportunity to make a difference. Thank you.

  • Gina Henning
    Posted at 08:19h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for creating this opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life.

  • Kelly M
    Posted at 08:22h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for being part of Blogust, and for using your blog to share candid experiences with your readers. By sharing your thoughts, feelings, and emotions you allow others to experience the interconnectedness of the human experience. Peace

  • emily kate
    Posted at 08:26h, 10 August Reply

    What a great cause!

  • souphead
    Posted at 08:30h, 10 August Reply

    i’m going to be honest. i’m swamped at work and don’t have time to read blogs today, but i want to make a comment for the donation so. commenty comment about nothing.
    thanks 🙂

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 08:35h, 10 August Reply

    I’m so in awe of your work, and love the community that you have created, Tracey. And that these comments will help others is a bonus. Thanks to you and Shot@Life!

  • alison chino
    Posted at 08:36h, 10 August Reply

    I love your words about comments! I don’t always love to admit how much I actually care about the comments on a post. It’s not an exaggeration that they can be lifelines, or at the very least, a lifeline for writing. I’m willing to keep writing when I know someone else is touched by it.

    Thank you!

  • Jen
    Posted at 08:38h, 10 August Reply

    Tracey, thank you for this post. Words to paper can change the outlook of anything!

  • Patricia La Brie
    Posted at 08:41h, 10 August Reply

    You bloggers are doing an amazing job! Keep commenting folks!!!!!

  • Merilee
    Posted at 08:41h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks so much for your post and for all that everyone is doing for this awesome initiative. I’m happy to help in a small way!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 08:44h, 10 August Reply

    I’m appreciative of the many moments in the Blogust story! Thanks for your contribution.

  • Corinna
    Posted at 08:46h, 10 August Reply

    You have inspired many of us with your innovation and leadership and heart. xo

  • Meg
    Posted at 08:52h, 10 August Reply

    Lovely post. Thank you for sharing.

  • Linnea
    Posted at 09:03h, 10 August Reply

    So awesome! Thanks for being a part of Blogust and helping out Shot@Life!

  • Leah
    Posted at 09:06h, 10 August Reply

    Awesome — keep up the good work!

  • Kim Orlandini
    Posted at 09:11h, 10 August Reply

    I adored meeting you Tracey. Thank you for inspiring me. xoxo

  • Jeannine
    Posted at 09:18h, 10 August Reply

    so much good! so many inspiring voices! xo

  • Nancy Lyn Cotter
    Posted at 09:31h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for participating in this vital program – sharing the wealth as they say. It is important for all of us to do whatever we can from wherever we are – no matter how small it may seem, it all matters. Time to step up and take hold of our lives in new and responsible ways, connecting and sharing with those who are like-hearted and like-minded is crucial, as we work together to raise our voices for positive change. Thank you.

  • Alyssa
    Posted at 09:37h, 10 August Reply

    Does anyone else wonder why we have to do this? I’m happy to “comment for change” but really why can’t the donors just donate?? What good does it do to make us comment on blogs? It’s not even that the donors advertise on these blogs. They don’t get anything out of it, and we don’t really either.

    I just don’t understand the format I guess…

  • Julie
    Posted at 09:37h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for sharing! So glad you gave us the opportunity to help!

  • Holly
    Posted at 09:45h, 10 August Reply

    Love these babies – love that we can help them by posting a comment.
    “For the Love which, from our birth, over and around us lies
    Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this our song of grateful praise.” *
    I’m grateful for this opportunity to spread the love.
    Thanks, Tracey!

    *The Doxology

  • Leslie
    Posted at 09:49h, 10 August Reply

    Such an awesome campaign! I’ve been trying to leave comments on as many of these as I can. I’m sure the goal will be reached, can’t wait to hear the final count on how many comments came in!

    Besides that, you have been an inspiration to me for years and it was such a pleasure to meet you at ALT! Looking forward to contributing to the community story with you. The story of women, the story of our lives, the stories about what matters to us.

    xo

  • Diana
    Posted at 09:54h, 10 August Reply

    “I do know what happens now. We keep writing. We keep sharing, expressing, commenting, and encouraging. We take what we’ve got and we try to create the most good that we can.”

    I love this! Beautifully said.

  • Sue
    Posted at 10:00h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for the post and for spreading awareness about what can be done when we work together.

  • Felisa Hilbert
    Posted at 10:08h, 10 August Reply

    I just starting to blog, so all this wonderful posts every day has been like a crush curse to me and have been enjoying the personal, passionate and candor of the authors. love the goodness that this blog relay is spreading around and the easy way for people to help the shotlife campaign . What a easy way to provide vaccines for developing countries! Thank you for your support!

  • Julie Marsh
    Posted at 10:17h, 10 August Reply

    Tracey, have I told you that you are one of my favorite people ever? From the time we met at BlogHer06 through the too-few occasions that we’ve been together since then, you’ve been someone who always makes me feel good – about myself, about our community, about the world.

    I love that you and so many other great people are part of this amazing effort, and that it will have a direct impact on kids a world away. We always ask “what can we do?” and here we are doing it.

  • Martha
    Posted at 10:22h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for supporting Shot@LIfe! Blogs and Shot@Life help us make our global world more local and vice versa.

  • Kasey Jackson
    Posted at 10:31h, 10 August Reply

    What an amazing idea for the blog relay, and what a lovely way to change the life of a child. Stories and images and sharing can change a life. And it has, yet again.

  • Amy Lu
    Posted at 10:34h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for being a part of this amazing month of blogging and supporting one of my favorite causes, Shot@Life. Beautiful photos – I’m happy to know about you!

  • meredith winn
    Posted at 10:54h, 10 August Reply

    tracey, thank you for writing this (for participating in blogust, yes, and for all the goodness that comes from it) but thank you for these words here specifically. for putting the importance back into the writing, the blogging community and shedding light on how it all began as tiny seeds and grew into something so much bigger. i very much needed to read these words today. xo

  • Sue
    Posted at 10:57h, 10 August Reply

    A creative and thoughtful fundraising strategy. The only problem for me is so many bloggers with interesting thoughts and so few minutes in the day to read them all, or even some, and get on my with my own life!

  • Julia
    Posted at 10:59h, 10 August Reply

    This is so inspiring, and proves true for many bloggers/authors!!
    Thanks for being apart of this amazing Blogust campaign. Just one post can really make a difference 🙂

  • Jil
    Posted at 11:12h, 10 August Reply

    The fact the the Internet can be used for good when it always seems to be used for the “bad” or the “nasty” is a great story . . . so happy to leave a simple comment and know that I am doing something good.

  • jyl johnson pattee
    Posted at 11:17h, 10 August Reply

    Perhaps one of my fave evo experiences was before it all took place… our phone conversations. I loved getting to know you better through our talks on shifting perspective and seeing things or picturing the world in a whole new light. We need to continue that conversation!

    Between now and then… My fave part of your post was: “Truth is, there is no single story. There never really is only one. That’s not how this all works. Not the blogosphere, not the internet, not world.”

    I’m glad that all of our stories and all the comments that stem from them and help shape them is making a difference in the life of a child in Africa. AMAZING!

  • Jan Adams
    Posted at 11:33h, 10 August Reply

    Your blogs are always inspiring! I have learned so much from you and been inspired over and over. Thank you for contributing to this initiative and making us aware of it. You are phenomenal!

  • beth reynolds
    Posted at 11:35h, 10 August Reply

    Tracey, thank you for the words, for the inspiration and for making it possible for all of us to help. Often we feel so isolated and separated, it’s amazing what this internet community can do when it comes together. Thank you for letting me be a part of something larger.

  • Jill Greenlaw
    Posted at 11:41h, 10 August Reply

    You are one of my favorites. You not only tell stories in your blog, but with you pictures. I had the wonderful privilege of going on a photo walk with you and I fell in love immediately. You have a way of helping people dig deep and find out what makes them excited, curious, and passionate. Thank you for your post and for all your efforts to give a child a Shot@Life.

  • Tracie West
    Posted at 11:46h, 10 August Reply

    Again so glad to be a part of something so great. You are an amazing human being.

  • Pam
    Posted at 12:00h, 10 August Reply

    Such a wonderful cause.

  • Theresa Johnson
    Posted at 12:02h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for such a wonderful initative.

  • Jessica New
    Posted at 12:04h, 10 August Reply

    This is an amazing campaign & I am glad you are apart of it. Happy to be commenting & making a difference in a child’s life giving them a Shot@Life! xx

  • Valérie
    Posted at 12:06h, 10 August Reply

    a beautiful idea

  • Caroline Barrett
    Posted at 12:06h, 10 August Reply

    Tracey, it’s been such an honor getting to know you and your daughter this year. You and Julia are an inspiration to us all. Thanks for all of the good you’re doing together!!

  • alisa joy
    Posted at 12:10h, 10 August Reply

    Oh Tracey, you are such a poignant writer. Thank you for giving us this oppertunity to join with you.

  • Lili Love
    Posted at 12:30h, 10 August Reply

    thank you for all that you share

  • Meghan @ Life Refocused
    Posted at 12:30h, 10 August Reply

    I love you, T. You are such an inspiration to me. You have no idea…. xo

  • sarah
    Posted at 12:46h, 10 August Reply

    goodness abounding. keep at it! (and thank you!)

  • Holly Pavlika
    Posted at 13:19h, 10 August Reply

    Never has a comment been so important. It’s a way to change words into action–a $20 action to save a life.

  • Becky Sue
    Posted at 13:24h, 10 August Reply

    You are an inspiration! Best of luck.

  • Kim Klassen
    Posted at 13:35h, 10 August Reply

    such an awesome cause….. so exciting….

    loving your new digs Tracey…xo

  • Jeannette
    Posted at 13:47h, 10 August Reply

    Tracey, you not only take breathtaking pictures but you write so beautifully. I’m honored to be a part of Blogust with you. It was great to meet you IRL during EVO. Keep inspiring us!

  • Brandy Robertson
    Posted at 13:58h, 10 August Reply

    Well said! At every stage in life someone asks “what next?” Your answer is the best one I’ve heard; “We continue.” I recently spent 4 months in Botswana volunteering and upon my return I was asked “what next?” My typical response was to laugh and say “I don’t know; all I know is this isn’t the end.” Onward and upward!

  • Cindy l
    Posted at 14:00h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you!!!!

  • Gina
    Posted at 14:03h, 10 August Reply

    Well put. It is about the community. It is about the story of humanity. I would also agree that I completely and 100% treasure my comments. Thanks!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 14:04h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for participating in this great cause. How wonderful that so many people are willing to give a child a shot at life.

  • Big Tuna
    Posted at 14:05h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks!

  • Bonni
    Posted at 14:11h, 10 August Reply

    Great post. Thanks for this opportunity!

  • Chris
    Posted at 14:28h, 10 August Reply

    It is great being introduced to so many interesting blogs!

  • Disney Sisters
    Posted at 14:52h, 10 August Reply

    What a wonderful post. You writing is always so expressive & thoughtful. Thanks for contributing to Blogust & this wonderful cause of Shot@Life

  • Lia Drumond
    Posted at 15:06h, 10 August Reply

    I just loved this initiative! Hope it really works and all these ppl effort be a real relief for such a suffering situation.

  • cathy
    Posted at 15:11h, 10 August Reply

    oh wow, this was really thought provoking… i wonder where the world of blogging will be in the next few years. blogging helped me heal so much and i have a group of those i follow who helped me so. you being one of them! what a great cause too. i can’t wait to see where you go next. xoxo

  • Yolanda Gordon
    Posted at 15:35h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for this post. It is very thoughtful.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 15:59h, 10 August Reply

    So happy to be able to be a part of this great cause.

  • Pearson Brown
    Posted at 16:35h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for your generosity of your time and talents to help promote this campaign to help others, especially children.

  • Emily
    Posted at 16:44h, 10 August Reply

    Love being a part of this campaign not only for the good it will do but also for how many new bloggers it’s introduced me to. 🙂

  • Kristina
    Posted at 17:01h, 10 August Reply

    What a great cause and wonderful way to publicize it. Thank you for all of your efforts.

  • Deanna Swauger @ Snippets from Springdale
    Posted at 17:03h, 10 August Reply

    Tracey, how wonderful that by us merely leaving a comment we have helped make a child’s life safer and healthier. You are awesome. I cannot tell you what an impact you have made on my life as a photographer and a blogger. Thank you…and see you at Oasis in October!!

  • Lee Ann
    Posted at 17:03h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for sharing this and inspiring all of us!

  • Anita
    Posted at 17:06h, 10 August Reply

    It’s amazing that we can be part of this initiative by just commenting. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Dee Vlasak
    Posted at 17:08h, 10 August Reply

    Participating in community, no matter how small or large, is one of the most human experiences because of the connections and feelings developed. Thank you for creating another valuable vehicle for that experience.

  • Carmen
    Posted at 17:09h, 10 August Reply

    Love what you are doing both here, and for the Shutter Sisters for the cause! Thanks for your inspiration.

  • Terri Porter
    Posted at 17:11h, 10 August Reply

    So happy to be able to be part of this wonderful project!

  • Darlene
    Posted at 17:23h, 10 August Reply

    Glad to be apart of this – great to be able to leave a comment and help out

  • Venia
    Posted at 17:27h, 10 August Reply

    Hope this helps!

  • Jasmine Forte
    Posted at 17:30h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for posting this. Here’s to making it count!

  • Justin Maddox
    Posted at 17:56h, 10 August Reply

    You capture the essence of this movement well. We are a community trying to instigate positive change in the world. It is a pleasure to leave you this comment, knowing it will plant the seed in giving a child a healthier life.

  • Jenny Lu
    Posted at 18:14h, 10 August Reply

    Even though my blog is small and about my family (with very few followers) comments still mean so much to me. This post is so beautifully written. I love the sense of community in blogging, how we can uplift someone across the world we have never met by taking two minutes out of our day to type a little note on their blog. Now because of Blogust those quick comments mean so much more. They mean a Shot at Life for thousands of children!

  • Myriam
    Posted at 18:32h, 10 August Reply

    Our words become something else we put intention behind them. Your words
    share your best intentions Tracey; they encourage others to share, life, love, struggle and hope.
    All these comments send the best intentions out to the world and towards this initiative.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Maria
    Posted at 18:50h, 10 August Reply

    Here’s to making it count!

  • Angela
    Posted at 19:04h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you the opportunity to play a very small role in a very big thing.

  • Beth Huffaker
    Posted at 19:12h, 10 August Reply

    “that give and take, that back and forth, that conversation does end up being an important part of the story as a whole and it’s totally inspiring” – So true!

    Thanks for being a part of this awesome story!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 19:12h, 10 August Reply

    I think this entire blogust is amazing, and it is awesome that every comment can count for something that could very well change a life!

  • Carolyn HP
    Posted at 19:24h, 10 August Reply

    Such a good reason to be writing those stories… thank you for sharing your self, your inspiration 🙂

  • carmel mac
    Posted at 19:58h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you Tracey for being part of this blog community that is making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children . Thanks to you and all those posting comments for helping these children grow up healthy, and one day contributing with their own unique blogs perhaps inspiring others with a well written word.

  • Misty Prochaska
    Posted at 20:01h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for this chance, so happy to be able to help.

  • Shannon McMorrow
    Posted at 20:02h, 10 August Reply

    Great idea for action. Thanks for participating.

  • Misty Prochaska
    Posted at 20:02h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for this chance, so happy to be able to help!

  • Angela
    Posted at 20:10h, 10 August Reply

    what a wonderful way to spread some love…thank you for being part of this amazing movement, and thank you for gifting us all with a chance to help. xox

  • Lindsey Johnson (Cafe Johnsonia)
    Posted at 20:14h, 10 August Reply

    I loved meeting you at evo this year. Listening to you talk in your photography workshop changed the way I look through my lens. So thank you for that. And thanks for participating with this beautiful post in the Shot@Life campaign.

  • Judy
    Posted at 20:53h, 10 August Reply

    What a wonderful opportunity!

  • Samantha
    Posted at 20:55h, 10 August Reply

    I love that this is so easy to show that you care!

  • Elise
    Posted at 21:09h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for being part of this relay! I was so glad to meet you and attend your photo workshop at the evo conference too – I’m thinking about and using your tips everyday.

  • Elle
    Posted at 21:15h, 10 August Reply

    Just commenting in hopes of helping a child get much needed vaccinations. This movement is awesome and gives me hope that little things can make a difference.

  • adrienne
    Posted at 22:23h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for being a part of Blogust! Shot@Life is such a great concept. Thanks for helping the rest of us be part of this.

  • Emil
    Posted at 22:39h, 10 August Reply

    I just love Blogust…. awesome way of making a comment count!

  • Adrian
    Posted at 22:44h, 10 August Reply

    So glad I thought to click on the blog. I was panicking because I clicked on the webstagram picture first and I am the last person in the world who is not on Instagram yet. Didn’t want to miss my chance to comment. I think I’ve caught every day so far.

  • Cherish
    Posted at 23:18h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for caring.

  • Deb Medina
    Posted at 23:30h, 10 August Reply

    Good stuff, great community, awesome cause!

  • Cinda
    Posted at 07:10h, 11 August Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Marie Z. Johansen
    Posted at 09:11h, 11 August Reply

    Thanks so much for making this happen! It’s such a vital and worthy cause!

  • Kathleen L.
    Posted at 10:10h, 11 August Reply

    Great project! Sorry I didn’t find it earlier… yours is the first blog I’ve been able to comment on.

  • Anna
    Posted at 12:33h, 11 August Reply

    Great job. Great project!

  • mati
    Posted at 12:38h, 12 August Reply

    Beautifully written and such a great cause!!
    xoxox

  • Sylvia
    Posted at 13:28h, 12 August Reply

    Wonderful post, great idea !
    Sylvia

  • Anna
    Posted at 15:30h, 12 August Reply

    Wonderful.

  • Jaime
    Posted at 15:40h, 12 August Reply

    Comment = saving a life. Wow. Who knew?! Thanks for the opportunity to put my little-known talent to use 🙂

  • chris
    Posted at 18:54h, 12 August Reply

    what an amazing thing this is! Woohoo! $20 for every comment?! Priceless. 😉

  • Melissa H
    Posted at 23:17h, 12 August Reply

    Sounds like a great cause! Unrelated, congrats on the new book–I always think of you as one of the kindest people on the internet since I found you and your blog a gazillion years ago during a very short stint writing for Clubmom. So great to see Shutter Sisters and all you’ve done since.

  • Kerry Murphy
    Posted at 13:48h, 13 August Reply

    I love reading comments on random blogs and seeing all the positive energy that flows from stranger to stranger. Good indeed exists all around us – even “virtually”. Good luck to you all as you work your campaign for the kids!

  • Lissa
    Posted at 19:04h, 13 August Reply

    What a great idea to get vaccines for kids! Way to go!

  • Carol
    Posted at 13:02h, 14 August Reply

    This is wonderful! Happy to comment and help however i can!

  • Xanthe Berkeley
    Posted at 13:46h, 14 August Reply

    I wouldn’t be doing what I love if it wasn’t for blogging and you. Thank you xxxxx

  • Renee J. Ross
    Posted at 16:51h, 14 August Reply

    I am so happy to be participating in this life changing campaign with you!

  • Jennifer Burden @WorldMomsBlog
    Posted at 17:59h, 14 August Reply

    Hi Tracey!

    Great post — here’s to one more child being vaccinated in the developing world!

    Jen 🙂

  • Blissmamaof3
    Posted at 20:32h, 14 August Reply

    Inspired, inspiring,each and everyday. Thank you Tracey for taking us along on the ride and helping us readers find the beauty in our everydays.

  • Amy Graff
    Posted at 21:37h, 14 August Reply

    So honored to be a part of this campaign with you. Together we’re all making a huge difference!

  • Vanalee
    Posted at 05:44h, 15 August Reply

    Thanks for the chance to help a child.

  • Fadra
    Posted at 08:09h, 15 August Reply

    What keeps me blogging and unwilling to give it up and “get a real job” is the amazing sense of community. You just can’t get it anywhere else and I love that we are collectively using our voices to make a difference! (And a huge one, at that!)

  • habanerogal
    Posted at 08:27h, 16 August Reply

    Glad to be part of a story whose end is unknown but wonderful

  • stefanierenee
    Posted at 20:12h, 16 August Reply

    you are such an inspiration my dear
    xxxx
    thankyou!

  • Clearly Kristal
    Posted at 14:27h, 17 August Reply

    Love the realness in your writing — your words and your photography (worth more than a thousand words!). I’m a relatively new blogger. And now a new follower. Wonderful, meaningful work you’ve got here. Also a fantastic cause. Best, Kristal

  • michelle gd
    Posted at 23:35h, 17 August Reply

    what a fabulous campaign!
    love the connections made…

  • Andrea
    Posted at 08:24h, 19 August Reply

    This initiative is amazing. I hope what happens next is that we all continue to be aware and participate. Remember the importance of working together to support so many. Thanks for giving me a chance to stop by and do my share.

  • Justin Gronfur
    Posted at 13:54h, 20 August Reply

    Thank you for being an advocate of such a great cause as Shot@Life and thank you for your blog.

  • WaterRat
    Posted at 20:42h, 21 August Reply

    What a great way to get out this powerful message of need. By happening on this relay I am getting introduced to all kinds of great new authors.

  • Elise
    Posted at 09:56h, 23 August Reply

    In today’s world it’s easy to feel too busy to take the time to see and respond to others’ needs. What a great opportunity from Shot@Life!

  • Diana
    Posted at 17:14h, 23 August Reply

    This is a fantastic initiative, raising awareness, raising funds and making it easy for us mouse-potatoes to get involved and help out.
    It should also encourage us to think – and discuss – the necessary education campaigns that should accompany such immunisation drives. There is still a lot of ignorance to be overcome, even in developed countries such as the USA, and unfortunately, we are now also dealing with the backlash of the covert operations in Pakistan that took place under the guise of vaccination campaigns.
    Lots of work to do, but, as the famous proverb says, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
    Thank you for participating!

  • Brandy Robertson
    Posted at 09:33h, 26 August Reply

    I figured why not comment twice since I love this idea so very much – I’ll stop by Shutter Sisters again too because I quite enjoy what you do over there as well.
    I recently got back from a wonderful weekend in Ottawa Canada with an organisation that is near and dear to my heart. World University Service of Canada (WUSC) works to bring students from refugee camps in Africa and Asia to study in Canadian universities and colleges. I told everyone about Blogust and what a great fundraising initiative it is. What I wouldn’t give to find a generous donor to contribute to WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) in the same way! I am currently fundraising in my own small way for the SRP by challenging myself to run a half marathon in December and blogging about it here:http://21kforchange.blogspot.c…
    Communities, be it online or otherwise, coming together for a cause is just so incredibly inspiring to me!
    Thank you, Tracey, for taking part!

  • Adrian
    Posted at 22:04h, 27 August Reply

    I’m hoping that additional comments count towards the total. I’m making a second pass through the calendar to catch a few days I missed the first time around.

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