Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Jan132010

The Great Experiment: Emergency Edition

UPDATE: THE GREAT EXPERIMENT IS FULL! AND WE'VE RAISED NEARLY $700!! I WILL WELCOME FIVE MORE PEOPLE TO THE GREAT EXPERIMENT WITH A $50 DONATION. OTHERWISE, THE COMPETITION WILL BE THE TEN PEOPLE THAT HAVE ALREADY ENTERED. NEED LINKS BY SUNDAY NIGHT, VOTING BEGINS MONDAY MORNING AT 9AM MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME. AND PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP DONATING! I'M RUNNING OUT OF WORDS TO TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM BY YOU GUYS!

UPDATE: $630 RAISED. UNBELIEVABLE! ONE SPOT LEFT IN THE GREAT EXPERIMENT.


UPDATE: $550 RAISED!!!! THREE SPOTS LEFT IN THE GREAT EXPERIMENT. YOU GUYS ROCK!

UPDATE! I just woke up to a barrage of emails from y'all. Nearly $300 raised while I was sleeping! Sitting here bawling at the awesomeness of you all. This blog has changed from something I somewhat avoided to the loveliest, most welcoming community. I just love you guys!!!

Haiti needs our help. I'm going to do an emergency edition of THE GREAT EXPERIMENT with modified rules. Ten people can enter. Cost to enter - $20. Topic - Open (just like December). You can pick your best blog or write a new one. Please donate, even if you don't want to enter and just enjoy The Girl Who. All money will be donated to the American Red Cross. I'll need entries by Sunday night and will open voting Monday morning. Encourage your friends and family to come vote for you AND DONATE! C'mon people, if you've seen any coverage on this story (oh my God all the little children!) you know we've got to do SOMETHING!

Reader Comments (12)

What a great idea...going to twit it and post abouit this today!

ICount me in!

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

absolutely fantastic idea. i've already donated what i can, but i hope this brings in some money for such a worthy cause.

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeach

good work, Monica!

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConfused Katy

Also, I donated what I could, but do not plan on entering, so the spot is open.

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConfused Katy

OMG Monica.....this is awesome!

I have major goosebumps :)

Keep up the good work!

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

Great idea...I'm so glad you're doing this. I donated but am not entering the contest.

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Donated, but not entering, 'cause I've some difficulties to write something readable (and entertaining!) in your language! :D Thanks for doing this for me, I was looking for a way to help those people and I found it here.

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSerena from Italy

:) for me it's easier to donate at my place but I'm with you guys and with Haiti!!! thanks Monica!

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterana_jo

Thinking up a post to write/use now. You're awesome for doing this!

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremilyo

YOU rock for doing this. Awesome. This really has turned into such a nice community. I love checking in here. Go, Monica!

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkds

Great idea - the news in the UK last night was full of devastating stories - including shots of a 3 year old girl lying on a floor while her Father cried out for help that wouldn't come. Love that you are doing this. Love it. x

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrummyMummy

hi monica - just sent you my entry donation now. you are proof that the internet can be a positive place. just look at the amazing things you can do!

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristine from canada

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