With your support, we have access to the tools necessary to keep the blog and our various projects running – the fundraisers, events, referrals, panels, workshops and more. We have to pay for social media tools, website hosting, etc. We have to pay for wi-fi access, equipment, gas to drive to meetings, and more. We spend an average of 8 hours to generate one AMPLIFY post. I don’t have a number of how many hour go into a typical blog post.
The number of visitors to our blog is on the rise as are the number of our social media followers and our email list subscribers. We have received readers choice awards and in October 2016 we were voted Best Local Blogger by readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper, the first blogger to ever win this award. In 2019, we won the Outstanding Blog award from GLAAD.
You find value in what we do. From #AMPLIFY to our In Memoriam series acknowledging and exploring the crisis of violence against trans people of color. We tackle hyper-local campaign issues and explore how the community responds to domestic violence in our suburban communities. I blog about local grocery stores, the resistance to racial justice and intersectionality among local progressive, and local angles on national issues.
We build community by starting a dialogue on issues that matter to you – that’s why you are reading. That dialogue spills into Facebook and Twitter and email and, occasionally, into real time. The dialogue is what gives a signal boost to the voices of our #AMPLIFY contributors.
This takes a lot of time and energy on my part. What started as a hobby has grown into a very real job. I’m not alone in that experience. I want the blog to continue to grow and to continue being as accessible as possible. It is the foundation for AMPLIFY to remain a permanent archive.
We are asking you to invest in this work that you value. Help us continue to keep moving forward. Support queer women’s voices at the helm of community media resources. Invest in a local feminist resource.
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