Guess whose blog posts made Blog Action Day 100 Best?

Armando Rayo didn't sleep for 42 hours so he could blog about poverty. Shhh! He's asleep now.

Armando Rayo didn't sleep for 42 hours so he could blog about poverty. Shhh! He's asleep now.

Ha. No, not mine. Mando’s.

Armando Rayo, like a lot of nonprofiteers, sees nothing but possibilities. And even better, he acts on them. When he told me he was going to take advantage of Blog Action Day on poverty and post the whole day, staying awake for 24 hours (which turned into 42 hours), I first thought, “Oh, no sleep? Welcome to my world.” But then I thought, “Wait, that actually sounds like a lot of work.”

Mando is director of Hands On Central Texas, which is the volunteering clearinghouse arm of United Way Capital Area. Despite the fact that his staff was cut in half last month, he still found the energy to post. He even shot, edited, and posted video, one of which featured me mumbling something or another.

Mando sent me this today:

Hey Monica! (Yes, you deserve an official thank you!) Thanks a bunch for doing the video for Blog Action Day: Poverty.  Here’s the link to your post!  http://unitedwaycapitalarea.blogspot.com/2008/10/blog-action-day-poverty.html You’re even more famous now! 😉 
 
Your thoughts and insights on poverty helped us engage more people & it created a platform for meaningful dialogue on the issue.  At the end of the day, our blog & posts ended up being on the top 100 list of the global Blog Action Day official website (http://blogactionday.org) & our YouTube Nonprofit Channel ranked #11!  Below is short write-up of the event….

 
Blog Action Day: Poverty – United Way Capital Area & Hands On Central Texas
 
On October 15, 2008, over 12 thousand bloggers banded together to discuss a single issue – poverty.  We raised awareness, took action, & shook the web! 
 
Mando Rayo, the Director of Hands On Central Texas (with the help of the United Way & Hands On staff) was one of the thousands of bloggers who participated in the global Blog Action Day (http://blogactionday.org).  Instead of blogging for an hour or just one post, Mando ended up staying awake for 42 hours, blogging for 24 hours straight, writing 31 posts, posting 13 videos & engaging hundreds of thousands of people in raising poverty awareness.
 
United Way Capital Area & Hands On Central Texas’ efforts did not go unnoticed.  Our Youtube Nonprofit Channel (www.youtube.com/unitedwaycapitalarea) ranked #11 for the day and the Blog Action Day official website featured our posts and videos on their 100 best list. 
 
You can check out all 31 posts at http://unitedwaycapitalarea.blogspot.com or go to www.handsoncentraltexas.org

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