Which nonprofits do you support?

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I started exploring the concept of philanthropy on this blog because I want to give back more. Being on the nonprofit side for many years, I’ve also felt a disconnect between the donor and the nonprofit. I’ve been searching for more meaningful ways to give.

I find inspiration from the people and businesses I feature for Philanthropy Friday, and I’m learning more and more about my own giving habits through my writing.

As I get deeper into my Giving Pledge and write more for the Global Team of 200, I realize I need a better way of keeping track of the nonprofits I support. Looking at the big picture helps me figure out where my heart and my money and my voice want to go. I can see where there are gaps, where I need to put forth more effort and where I might not want to revisit.

Below you’ll see a list of nonprofits I have supported through donating money, working with in some capacity, or advocating via my blog. The neat thing about this list, which is hosted on SkinnyScoop, is that you can scroll through it and check off the organizations that you support and create your own list. You can even add organizations that you support to the list.

It’s a big old curated list of awesome nonprofits to support. Will you help me in my exploration of philanthropy?

Writing Prompts and Challenges for Bloggers and Writers

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As I prep for my upcoming blogging classes on consistent and engaging writing, I thought it would be fun to curate a list of writing prompts and challenges.

Bloggers and writers need some extra inspiration every now and then. Writer’s block happens. Or we just get busy and lose our writing mojo. These writing prompts and challenges keep the creativity flowing and provide some great community support.

Do you participate in any writing challenges throughout the year? Do they help your writing and creativity?

View the list on SkinnyScoop

While we’re on the subject of writing prompts, have you downloaded my free 2013 Writing Prompts and Editorial Calendar e-book?

Helpful Grammar Articles and Resources for Bloggers

Last week, I blogged a bit about my grammar clinic at BlogHer ’12 and shared some tips for identifying and avoiding common grammar mistakes. I noted that a post with some details on common mistakes and resources would be forthcoming.

I decided to compile a list of some articles and resources that have been helpful to me. It’s a SkinnyScoop list, so it’s easy for me – or you – to add to the list as more helpful articles and resources are discovered. Please do add to the list if you have a go-to grammar resource.

Thanks for Voting another jennifer as a Top 25 Mommy Blog on SkinnyScoop!

You may have noticed a badge on the left side of this blog last month asking people to vote for another jennifer as a top 25 mommy blog on SkinnyScoop. I didn’t promote the campaign a whole lot, outside of the badge and sharing it a few times on Twitter and Facebook. (I feel weird about that stuff.)

But, alas, the results are in and guess who made it to lucky #13?

I hate the term “mommy blogger.” However, I am a blogger and a mom. And I blog about parenting quite a bit. Plus, let’s face it, mommy bloggers are some powerful voices in the blogosphere.

Thanks to those who voted for me as a top blogger. I am truly appreciative of your support. It’s nice to know I’m not just talking to myself!

Below, you’ll find the 25 blogs that made it to SkinnyScoop’s Top 25 Mommy Bloggers list for 2012. Take some time to visit a few. I’m sure you’ll find a couple new blogs worth reading on this list.

Philanthropy Friday: Simple Ways to Give Every Day

skinnyscoop logoEach Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

So, we’re changing it up a bit for Philanthropy Friday this week. That’s because I am the guest blogger on SkinnyScoop today.

SkinnyScoop is an online tool to help you curate lists. I love it because you can combine an equal amount of good content with good visuals. People can follow your lists, comment on them and even add to them. It’s pretty fun. I’ve embedded a few of my lists onto my blog and am working on organizing my Philanthropy Friday posts onto one page using SkinnyScoop. (Seriously. My “all about bacon’ list has just about 13,000 views right now.)

Anyway, my post is all about philanthropy and how doing good for others makes us happier. Of course, there’s a list at the end that includes simple ways to give every day. Go on over, read the post and please add to the list. I know I’ve got some really creative, philanthropy-minded people who read this blog. I’m excited to see what good deeds you suggest!

Read: Guest Post: Simple Ways to Give (Every Single Day)