I’ve now been involved in the Holidailies writing project in December for three years. To my surprise today, there’s an announcement that Holidailies is planning on doing some sort of a charity drive via the site, and that today’s prompt was to write about ideas.
I have to admit that I’m a little bothered by this. And to prevent myself from sounding like a grinch, here’s why:
Charity, when done correctly, is something that’s personal, in my opinion. I don’t need to broadcast who I’ve given money to, nor who I’ve donated time to. Quite frankly, I don’t feel comfortable announcing what I’ve done because it sounds far too much like grandstanding to me and a case of who’s outdonating who. I have my personal interests of where to donate my money and my time, and I leave it at that.
And it bothers me a bit that a few days into Holidailies, there’s now a press for charity, and the “if every participant gives xyz”… NO. I understand it’s optional to give, but it’s the principle of the thing. If you’re planning that sort of a side-project, state that up-front. It sounds disingenuous to me a few days into the project. I don’t appreciate peer pressure to give – particularly at a time where I’m scraping every penny and every minute of time to figure out what way is up because yes, it’s the holidays AND particularly not through a journal portal that has a completely different focus.
And… if for no other reason, I simply don’t have the time and energy during the month of December to go research the charitable organization that may be chosen. And yes, I am extremely picky as to where I donate my money and/or time. Because many charitable organizations are tied to larger organizations or corporations that I do not want to associate with if possible.
Donating my money so Holidailies can continue? Fine. No problem.
Donating my money to a charity organization as of yet unidentified? No. Absolutely not.
If you want donations for charity, please get the site up prior to five days before Holidailies starts so folks can research your planned charities.
And I’m sorry to sound grouchy about it, but considering that no one’s commenting on my entries for Holidailies anyway, what does my opinion matter, eh?