October 26, 2010

you know something I don't know

Dudes - this blog post is important!  Please have a read, won't you?

I have a request.  Can I call in a favour?

I have an idea, you see.  Something I'm very excited about.  It's a collaborative project and I need your help.

Earlier this week I began planning  a massive blog event; the first of it's kind for My Girl Thursday.  Beginning November 22nd I will be hosting a Zine Appreciation week.  I love zines!  I love the self-publishing.  I love the writing.  I love the serious DIY attitude that goes into making and selling zines.  I'm not going to tell you too many of the specifics quite yet - other than it's going to be freaking awesome.

So, what do I need your help with?  I want to make a zine - and I want to make it with you.  Not only that, I want to make one, sell it and do something good with the profits.

Here's what I need you to do - tell a secret.

I need as many of you as possible to create a small piece of artwork that reveals a secret.  I'm asking that your piece should measure 4 inches wide by 6 inches tall (portrait justification, pretty please) for continuity purposes.  It can be anything you want - simple, super involved, one word, many words - whatever!  After it's made I need you to scan that baby and send it to me. 

Okay, so I know some of you are thinking Heck no, I'm not sending this girl my deepest and darkest.  First of all, I get it.  My cat doesn't trust me either.  Second, I thought of a solution (it's not perfect, if you have a better idea please let me know).  I've created a temporary Flickr account and I'm going to let anyone access it.  So, once you've created and scanned your artwork head on over to Flickr and sign in using this information...

user name: mygirlthursday@rocketmail.com
password: bookofsecrets

If that is all a little too much work you can send me your secret at thursday@mygirlthursday.com.  I triple-promise anonymity - but I wanted to offer another option in case crossing my heart wasn't enough.

I need to have all of the secrets by Monday, November 8th.  That gives you a day less than two week to create something cool.

Once I have collected all these whispers I'll be compiling them into one amazing zine and then sending it off to the printers. 

The books will go on sale at some point during the Zine Appreciation week (I'll have a more definite date closer to that time).  And best off all - all of the profits will go to an amazing cause!

Recently I've really been wanting to invest some of my time, energy and money into my local YWCA (unfortunately I seem to be deficient in all three categories).  They do such good work for women in my community (and probably your community too) and I think it is so important to do something to say thank you.  So here it is.  This is what I can do; if only I can get your help.

As I said, all profits will go directly to charity.  I'm choosing to donate directly to the Holiday Gift Program.  I'm a complete sucker for Christmas.  My happiest childhood memories are steeped in the smell of pine trees, turkey dinner and those teeney tiny oranges.  It kind of cracks my heart in half to think of a kid that would have to go without a couple gifts under their tree.  I know not everyone is into the holidays like I am, but can I please pull a Think of the Children!! moment here?

I'm done!  That's it!  Sorry for the exceedingly long post.  There was just a lot to be said here.

Yup!  This project is heavily inspired by the genius PostSecret

If you would like to receive credit for your participation in this project just send me a quick email (in the same or separate email as your secret) to let me know.  Your name (or pseudonym) will appear in a Thank You list at the beginning on the zine.