I love wordplay, as my regular literate readers should have noticed by now. They (you) should also have spotted that I also spread the words of contributors and those who think that I can help their causes. Usually, being a modest but vain soul, I respond to requests when they are expressed as follows:The reason I reached out to you specifically is not because you are based in Jakarta, but because you are an influential blogger with an international medium to instantly spread this message.
Assuming you read yesterday's post, you will realise that the above sentence didn't come from TED. In fact it was sent to me last year by Sara Wilson of the Fresh Air Fund
in New York and I wrote about her work here
In brief, the Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.
Last year they were looking for host families, and Sara is looking again. However, her latest email is mainly appealing for counselors for this coming summer of '09. We hire staff members with a wide range in some pretty amazing fields. We are really looking for college-aged men and women who love to work with children.
She has put together this news release
which explains it all.
I believe that this is important work. The vast majority of city kids, worldwide, are deprived of fresh air and, perhaps more importantly, the opportunity to experience 'nature', the governing influence on all our lives - wherever we live.
If you do contact Sara
, please tell her that Jakartass sent you.
Yesterday I also said that I'd publish an email that would be good for my wallet.
This is it.Hello,We are interested in purchasing a text-link advertisement on your website.Our offer is $120 for a 6-month placement on your homepage. Please let me know if you accept our offer.The text-link placed on your website would be for our gambling site.Regards,
This is a nice polite email. The notion of being paid a 'rental' for an ad does appeal to me because I'd then be free to select those which I feel fit within the Jakartass remit and my interests.
As I've said before, the ads I do have - see the right column - are directly related to friends and family and local enterprises I can personally vouch for. Such as mine
As gambling would not be kind to your wallet, I won't be accepting the $120.
However, I remain open to offers. After all, it is thought that I have influence.