Monday, 18 July 2011

The easy way to promote a charity in your blog sidebar

blue charity ribbon
3D image by Ash @ Push Creativity
The fact that companies are asking bloggers to promote stuff tells me space on this blog is valuable. Space on your blog is valuable, extremely so if you've got heaps of readers. So why not use some of that space to big-up charities that mean a lot to you? Here's what I did. It's quick, completely painless and the result looks damn fine in your sidebar. 

I toyed with the idea of a little pic of the charity's logo in my sidebar, which I could set up to link through to their website, adding a bit of text to say why this charity mattered.  Worthy but dull, I concluded.

Then I remembered the clever, and rather sexy looking, Twitter widgets which bloggers use to have their latest Tweets scrolling their blogs. And I also remembered you did not have to put your own username into these widgets. It could be about someone else.

This is quite a leap for a Twitter user.

So I could put a widget on my blog and set it up with my favourite charity's username. A slick, animated advert for the charity, constantly broadcasting their latest news to my modest readership. Job done. Well, almost.

Of course I had to decide which charities to promote on my blogs. Not an easy task.

On this blog I share my iPhone photography; snapshots of my blessed life. It seems only right to promote Amnesty International here, who stand-up for people across the world who are far from blessed. You can see their widget in action on the right.

On my vintage blog, the obvious choice was Oxfam Fashion, with tweets all about their gorgeous vintage fashion collection.

But in blogging terms I'm small fry. A drop in the ocean. So if you're reading this and you have a blog, especially if you have a blog that get lots of hits each day, what are you waiting for? Get your widget out.

Please come back and tell me what you did, with a comment, or via Twitter. I  genuinely want to know about your blog and what charity you gave some space too. Thank you.

I'll just dash off now to polish my halo.

If you don't know how... 

Twitter's own widgets are available on the Twitter site. They are compatible with any website (including Blogger) and most social networks, just follow this link:

You don't have to be on Twitter yourself to put a widget on your blog for a charity, you just need to find a charity on Twitter you want to support. A good place to start is

If you're in Wordpress you probably already know about the in-built Twitter widget which you can set-up with your favourite charity's username.

You can find me on Twitter @Angpang

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