Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blog challenge to help Heifer International

UPDATE DECEMBER 30: Thanks to everyone for their comments and for spreading the word! We reached 60 comments, so I donated an Earth Basket, which consists of bees/beekeeping equipment and a whole mess of tree seedlings. (For the same price I could've bought a trio of rabbits, but being the vegetarian, non-fur-wearing sort, I opted for this instead.)

You might remember last year (and if you do, you're way ahead of me) when I donated an ARC of The Reawakened to a charity auction held by author Patrick Rothfuss (which he's doing again this year) and encouraged you to donate to this fantastic cause that really makes a difference in people's lives.

This year all you have to do is leave some comments! One of my agent's fellow Curtis Brown agents, Nathan Bransford, is holding a challenge. For each comment left on that post, he'll donate $1 to Heifer International.

And I'm doing the same, donating $1 per comment here on this post for the first 120 unique commenters (i.e., one comment per person, not 120 from the same person).

Nathan's challenge lasts until 5PM Pacific today (8PM Eastern), and mine will go through 5PM eastern Wednesday, December 30.

This costs you nothing but a click and a few words. Here's what you can do:

--Leave a comment here (if you're drawing a blank on what to say, tell us your favorite farm animal).
--Follow the link above to Nathan's blog and comment there.
--Visit the other blogs listed at his post and leave comments there.
--Spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and any other virtual or literal rooftop you have at your disposal.

Have a wonderful holiday!



You're all so wonderful for doing this!

Posted by: Blogger Corinne at 12/23/2009 4:23 PM

Awesome!! So cool you're participating!

Posted by: Blogger Nathan Bransford at 12/23/2009 4:25 PM

It's very generous that you all are doing this! I'm glad to help out a good cause.

Posted by: Blogger Jessy at 12/23/2009 4:28 PM

Wonderful wonderful! The company I work for donated money to Heifer International in honor of each of our clients, this holiday. We gave goats! :-D

Posted by: Anonymous Amygdalia at 12/23/2009 4:31 PM

Happy holidays, Jeri!!! :)

Posted by: Anonymous Jess at 12/23/2009 4:32 PM

Literal rooftop, very good. Favorite farm animal...hmm. I'd have to go with horse. Or lamb. They're both such awesome creatures.

Don't make me choose. You're a good woman Jeri.

Posted by: Blogger Carrie Clevenger at 12/23/2009 4:32 PM

Yay that's so awesome! Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/23/2009 4:36 PM

Happy holidays, Jeri!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/23/2009 4:46 PM

One more dollar. :-) Have a wonderful holiday!

I'm doing this too, so feel free to comment:

Posted by: Blogger Phoebe Kitanidis at 12/23/2009 4:47 PM


Laurie King has also been raising money for Heifer International and giving away a Sherlock Holmes beekeeping booklet to anyone who donates at least ten dollars.

Posted by: Blogger Georgiana at 12/23/2009 4:54 PM

Great to see another participant! I'm donating, too, at

Thanks and happy holidays.

Posted by: Blogger kathrynjankowski at 12/23/2009 4:58 PM

Fav farm animal is . . . the llama! Which hopefully, I will get to donate to Heifer International, if I get enough commenters! See my blog, Ink Spells.

Nathan rocks (and Rothfuss, and you!) for doing this.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Blogger Susan Kaye Quinn at 12/23/2009 5:00 PM

This is one of my favorite charities


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/23/2009 5:02 PM


What a wonderful thing to do.. and I am so glad I could help.


P.S I like sheep and pigs

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/23/2009 5:03 PM

Here to spread some Heifer love...and happy holidays to you, Jeri!

Posted by: Blogger Denise Jaden at 12/23/2009 5:06 PM

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Have to go with the obvious... cows :) totally endearing for some reason.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/23/2009 5:12 PM

Just as an FYI wanted to flag you to three posts that resulted from our field visits with Heifer International in Rwanda. They are doing terrific work on the ground...

Here are the write-ups for the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet []:

Healing with livestock in Rwanda

Teacher Turned Farmer…Turned Teacher

Got Biogas?

We are travel blogging from Africa at a site called Border Jumpers which can be viewed at
Danielle Nierenberg and Bernard Pollack

Posted by: Blogger Border Jumpers at 12/23/2009 5:12 PM

Thanks for doing this! I'm also donating for comments and I love to see how people are passing it on!

Posted by: Anonymous Regan Leigh at 12/23/2009 5:28 PM

Jeri rocks!

Posted by: Blogger Talmani at 12/23/2009 5:58 PM

I'm a personal fan of the pig. I think it's their cute tails. :)

Posted by: Anonymous Amanda at 12/23/2009 6:01 PM

Jeri and friends - wonderful that you are doing this - I love this organization!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/23/2009 6:23 PM

I love Heifer. Thanks so much for doing this!!!

My favorite farm animal is definitely the llama. So much personality!

Posted by: Anonymous May @ Anne and May at 12/23/2009 6:26 PM

I don't have a favorite farm animal - I like them all!

Happy Holidays everyone!

& Jeri - your "fawesome" :-)


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 12/23/2009 6:29 PM

Must vote llama. So cute, and useful!

Thanks for doing this!

Posted by: Blogger KD Sarge at 12/23/2009 6:58 PM

Commenting here! We bought a flock of chickens last week.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/23/2009 7:10 PM

Hi Jeri,

I'm Mags. Nice to meet you!

My favorite farm animal is the duck, I think. Or, perhaps the Llama?

I do like a nice sheep, too. But, in a totally platonic way.

Wow. Your's is harder than most!

Happy holidays!



Posted by: Blogger Mags at 12/23/2009 7:46 PM

But when do we donate to Vampires International?

Posted by: Blogger Lynne at 12/23/2009 7:54 PM

My favorite farm animal would have to be the owl lurking in the rafters!

I'm so grateful for everyone's charitable-ness (haha) this season!

Posted by: Anonymous Madeleine at 12/23/2009 9:08 PM

Horses. They're just so darn majestic.

Posted by: Blogger vic caswell at 12/23/2009 10:53 PM

Llamas rock! Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Anonymous Meghan Ward at 12/24/2009 12:48 AM

As always, you rock! My favorite farm animal is a lamb. Then they grow up to be sheep--not my favorite :-)

Happy holidays!

Posted by: Blogger Deborah Blake at 12/24/2009 10:31 AM

My favorite farm animal has to be this one stubborn goat at the Philadelphia Zoo when I was an intern there. When ever we cleaned the barn area he waited to butt you from behind.

This is a great cause.

Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 12/24/2009 12:38 PM

Here's to Heifer International! If you want to help bump up my pledge you can comment on my new blog - So Many Dreams at

Fav fram animal? Gotta love those goats. They're so funny.

Posted by: Blogger TKAstle at 12/24/2009 12:44 PM

Thanks for your generosity!

My favorite farm animals are cows--they are such sweet creatures (one of the reasons I'm a vegetarian!)

have a wonderful holiday!

Posted by: Blogger Josie at 12/24/2009 2:17 PM

You're amazing for doing this!
You are such a generous person Jeri!
Merry Christmas!
And my favorite farm animal would have to be baby chickies. They're so cute! I wish they stayed small forever. =]

Posted by: Blogger Tiffany Cunha at 12/24/2009 2:19 PM

Thank you for doing this!

Posted by: Blogger cwsherwoodedits at 12/24/2009 3:38 PM

Thanks for doing this! May your donation help bring more peace, prosperity, and happiness into the world for the new year and beyond.

Posted by: Anonymous Anica Lewis at 12/24/2009 3:54 PM

What an awesome thing to do! I've been seeing a lot of charity donations around the blogs this year. I think it's great. :0)

Posted by: Blogger Dawn M. at 12/25/2009 1:41 AM

Yay for you doing this! Happy holidays!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/25/2009 9:08 AM

I hope you reach your goal!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/25/2009 1:44 PM


Thanks for taking part in Nathan's challenge. My favorite farm animal is a big, happy pig.

I'm also donating from my blog, so come on over and cost me some money.

And Happy holidays!

Posted by: Blogger JFBookman at 12/26/2009 4:19 PM

Heifer International is a fabulous program, and your blog challenge is a great way to spread the word. Yay for all who participate!

Posted by: Blogger Bonnie J. Doerr at 12/26/2009 6:09 PM

I love that you're doing this! What a great cause. And that's enough money to buy a water buffalo for a family or something like that, isn't it? Or one of the big animals! Anyway, good for you. And good luck with your new release.

Posted by: Blogger Carolyn Crane at 12/27/2009 11:14 AM

Great Idea Jeri!!

Posted by: Anonymous Adrian at 12/27/2009 8:02 PM

Jeri - I think it's wonderful that you're doing this! :)

Many blessings to you for the New Year.

Posted by: Blogger Mira at 12/28/2009 5:14 PM

Boy, all I know is that I keep following "Mira"!

Those who put their money where their mouths are can't be beat - thanks and have a great new year!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/28/2009 6:43 PM

Hey Jeri!
Thanks for doing this...

Posted by: Blogger Renee Sweet at 12/28/2009 7:48 PM

I sorta like ants. Are they farm animals?

Thanks for being generous!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 12/28/2009 8:38 PM

Way to go! Happy New Year!!

Posted by: Anonymous Ruth Hansen at 12/29/2009 12:14 AM

this is a great plan! happy new year!

Posted by: Blogger Yashoda at 12/29/2009 10:11 AM

Thank you for doing this wonderful charity work -- I'm full of admiration!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/29/2009 1:50 PM

Awesome. Giving to the needy is the true legacy of Christmas. Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Blogger Elisabeth Black at 12/29/2009 1:56 PM

Sheep go to Heaven, and Goats go to Hell. Or so I'm told :)

Posted by: Blogger slyboots2 at 12/29/2009 2:03 PM

Thanks to everyone who's commented so far, and especially thanks to those who are doing their own blog challenge!

slyboots: Your comment is worth 50, just for quoting a Cake song. *fist bump* :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 12/29/2009 2:10 PM

Favorite farm animal: pigs named Wilbur.
Thanks, Jeri!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 12/29/2009 2:34 PM

"Goats rule" was a very eye-catching tweet! Good luck on getting many, many comments.

Posted by: Blogger Gail Hart at 12/29/2009 2:40 PM

Hooray for goats and their cheese!

Posted by: Blogger Kathryn T. S. Bass at 12/29/2009 3:19 PM

What a wonderful way to give!

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 12/29/2009 5:39 PM

Go-go-gadget GOAT!

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 12/29/2009 6:24 PM

It's so admirable of you to do this - thanks. Sorry I missed Nathan's cut-off time, but hopefully he'll do it again next year. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Blogger Sharon at 12/29/2009 10:33 PM


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