Setting the record straight

I feel the need to say this again.

It’s my damn blog and I’ll say whatever I please here, whenever I please, and however I damn well please.

There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with me, but telling me I shouldn’t post what I did is none of anyone’s damned business. I’ve had a hard bloody few days and I’m about sick of taking it in the face with a smile and a “thank you Sir may I have another.” Things were said that were intentionally nasty and now I’m hurt. I’m also pissed. And I’ll keep posting exactly what I like. For the next few days, however, I may not post at all. There are few things more souring to one’s blog inspiration than to be snarked at.

For the record, I feel strongly about giving back when one has a roof over one’s head, enough food to eat, and one isn’t getting raped or beaten up by strangers. I still don’t regret asking others to think about this too.

Remove me from your RSS feeds if you don’t like it. Kthxbai.

MBACD: It’s good to give

Massive Acronym crits you for 237 damage! Massive Acronym will explain itself shortly. This is not a gaming post.

We’re getting on to that time of year where we buy ridiculous amounts of stuff and give friends and family stupid, funny, expensive, and even occasionally useful gifts in the hopes of maybe getting some back. While in my quieter moments I’m not a huge fan of rampant consumerism, I am a huge fan of giving things to people I love and even though I try to do that outside the commercially- or religiously-sponsored times of year, those times really are rather good for thinking about other people.

kindness_isI could give you a huge spiel but I won’t. It’s Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/insert-own-holy-day and a bunch of us bloggers thought we’d get together and encourage people to think beyond their own small circles this year. If you already donate to something, yay! If you don’t, consider finding a charity that supports something you feel strongly about, and donating a little of your money or a little of your time.

I thought about listing a few generic charities, but in the end I decided to link a few that I have personally donated to over the last couple of decades. They’re an eclectic bunch — and remember if you have causes of your own, most of these charities are easy to find and, unsurprisingly, very easy to donate to. It’s as easy as buying a game online, and usually cheaper.

Stylish Charities

Amnesty International (pick your country) or here’s the American donation link (credit card donation page)

Greenpeace International (Int’l donations), or Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace UK, and here’s a bunch more countries!

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (this is the single gift CC form; there are regular contribution forms too)

OXFAM (countries list), OXFAM (UK), OXFAM (USA)

The point isn’t so much to blind you with a list of charities and links as to make you think about what you would like to donate something to — whether it’s cash, clothing, time, or even a couple of turkeys. There are millions of people who don’t have what we have, and while I’m pretty cynical about aid in general (blame my UN-brat upbringing), charitable donations aren’t all for naught and not just for making rich people feel better. The list above represents stuff I am passionate about; pick your own and make a difference to strangers this year.

If you’re a blogger and you’d like to get involved, go ahead! If you leave a comment here, I’ll add you to the List of Linkage too, and if you can’t think of what to write we’ve even got an official MBACD (MMO Blogging Alliance Charity Drive) paragraph, below. I’m pretty sure there might be an official logo but, uh, my dog ate my copy (aka I can’t find it).

The holidays are almost upon us again and this year the MMO Blogging Alliance wants to help ensure a good season for all! We’ve decide to pull together and encourage our readers to donate to those less fortunate. It has been a tough year for many families across the world and a little boost can go a long way. Please consider donating to one of the many charities that we recommend or one you select on your own. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in our drive it is as easy as writing a post, including this at the top, linking to the other posts, and picking a charity to donate to. Let’s show everyone that in 2009 the MMO community can make a positive difference in the world!

The MBACD posse:

Epic Slant (blame Ferrel first!)

Brian “Psychochild” Green

The eponymous Spinks of Ville

Echoes of Nonsense

MultiPlaying’s Slurms

StabbedUp stabs AND gives!

Syp at BioBreak says give or face the wrath of his mutant teenagers!

Nerf the Cat’s Arbitrary goes local

Ravven joins the fun!

Incoming Pull