Trying to restart the weekend posts, also I could use help

(posted by chris the cynic)

I’m not going to look it up, but I figure it’s been at least six months since we had a “This Week” post, and before that I was doing such a bad job of getting them up consistently that I drove away all contributors months before that.

That said, there was never a problem with the idea, instead it was that I really screwed up the implementation.  So we’ll see if anyone submits anything, and then see where things go from there.

Here’s a reminder of what it’s all about:

The short version is that you can share things with everyone else by sending links and descriptions of the Slacktiverse Authors group email.  What things?  Well, there are three sections:

  1. The Blogaround
    • If you done something somewhere online and want to share it, it goes here
  2. In Case You Missed This
    • If you read something and want to share it, it goes here
  3. Things You Can Do
    • If you know of a person or cause who/that needs support, it goes here.

When things are up and running consistently submissions for 1 and 2 should be things you’ve made, posted, or encountered since the last time you submitted (even if it’s been way longer than a week) while submissions for 3 obviously need to be current (because otherwise they’re things you can’t do.)

The traditional version, on the other hand, goes like this:

The Submission Deadline for the weekend post is 20:00 (8PM) US Eastern Time Saturday.  (It’s not exactly enforced, but getting it in by then assures that it’s seen when the post is being made.)

Anyone who has submissions for the weekend post should send them in.  Some people wonder if they really deserve to be in the post.  The answer to that is always the same: You do.  So try not to be afraid and do try to send in submissions if you have them.

The sections of the weekend post are as follows:

The Blogaround

Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website since they last submitted to a weekend post is invited, enticed, and cajoled to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to the group email. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosted by other members.

Remember, this is since you last submitted to a weekend post, not since the last weekend post. For example, if the last time you submitted was a month ago, everything you wrote since then is fair game.

In Case You Missed This

Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.  These should be sent, as you might expect, to the group email.

Things You Can Do

Anyone who knows of a worthy cause or important petition should send a short description of the petition/cause along with its url to the group email.

As noted in the title, I do need help.  It’s actually what got me to finally make a start toward reviving the weekly post after months of thinking about it but never doing anything.  It made me think of the fact that if the weekend post were still a thing, I could have just put this in “Things You Can Do”.

Apparently that thought was the push I needed.

As is generally the case when I need help, it’s about money.  (Paypal link.)

Things were actually looking unusually good (my high interest debt is now under $8,000) because of help from friends of friends, but then my food money was in limbo for a while, and (if I did my math right) I’m going to fall $731.43 short of paying the bills that are due this month.

Apparently it only takes a couple months without food money to make everything go from, “I’ve never been this hopeful about money,” to “I don’t know how I’ll manage to stay in my house.”

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