It’s Christmas Card Challenge time!

If you’re new to the blog this year, let me explain the story behind this humble little annual fundraising drive and its purpose.

A long time ago, I was that person who wrote Christmas cards. Not so much for pleasure but out of obligation, and also because I genuinely get excited about this season. Then life took over and there were so many other more important things that competed for my time – and won. But I didn’t want to give up the opportunity to somehow, in some small way, make a difference. In 2008, I parlayed that feeling into a digital ‘Christmas Card Challenge’, meaning I donated the equivalent for what a postage stamp then cost for each individual commenter since the previous Boxing Day. I also believed – still do – in thanking the very people who’ve supported me and my blog over the year.

What happens to that money? It goes into the savings account I created for one of my ‘Living List’ goals: To provide money for a study scholarship.

This Challenge became difficult when I swapped commenting models on this blog last year, going from standard WordPress to a Facebook plugin. The former tracked email addresses, the latter did not, and so I had to change how it was run. The best alternative I came up with was to ask people to sign up to my newsletter. If you’re not already signed up for it, let me give you a quick pitch: you get a free ebook and I only send it every couple of weeks. And if you’re not – I invite you to take this opportunity to do so. You’ll be helping! This Challenge will be open up until 8pm on the 23rd December (AEST).

Here’s the link again.

Questions? Happy to answer. And thank you x

karen andrews

Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity