This latest blog project of mine is actually the result of a suggestion I made last year (2005) to Homelessness Marathon
founder Jeremy Weir Alderson
just after the close of the 8th annual national radio broadcast, when I e-mailed him asking them to consider including a blog as a component of their Website and future broadcast(s).
Jeremy and I have traded a slew of e-mails on the subject and related matters since then. A week ago (Monday, January 23, 2006) he e-mailed me to ask some additional questions and, as part of my response, I offered to volunteer to set up a test blog so they could
better determine both what one might look like and if it was something they felt inclined going with.
In short order he asked me to do so and, although I told him it could take me a day or two to get it up depending on my energy level, I managed to set up a basic blog within a couple of hours or so.
While there has of course been much more for them to consider before deciding whether to go forward with including a blog, thus far Jeremy and others with the homelessness marathon have been very interested and open to learning.
It is exciting to me that there will now be a blog as a component of the 9th Annual Homelessness Marathon
The belief I have held for a few years now is that a blog would be an excellent compliment to the annual 14-hour national radio broadcast and, that those of us bloggers and blog readers as well as anyone with online access, can use both this particular blog and blogs we may have or visit as an additional tool for discussion about the matters raised during the event.
Maybe we can turn it into a 14-hour homelessness blogathon, possibly creating some buzz on these matters elsewhere within the blogosphere and help to educate others to the needs and lives of those of us who either currently live or formerly have lived homeless in one of its various forms or another.
Please let us know what you think [of] it so far as well as your suggestions for this blog. Although we cannot promise to be able to incorporate each and every concept or suggestion, especially this initial year of blogging, it would be good to have an idea of what you believe could be useful.
Thank you for reading.
*: Above Homelessness Marathon banner, which is also featured within the right-hand side-column of the pages of this blog, by Jeff Rountree
; minor edit within 2nd and 8th paragraphs for the purposes of clarification and readability; last updated on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 8:07 AM [EST].