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A mountain to climb

10/26/2010

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HR people are renowned for saying “no” right?

Manager 1: “Obviously I wanted to give you a pay rise of 40% but HR said no.”

Manager 2: “Look it isn’t my fault they won’t give you the title of ‘Emperor of all you Survey’, HR said no.”

Manager 3: “I know…I think you taking the entire summer off to open a water cress farm in Oman is a good idea too….but HR said no.”

But like the TSB, before they merged with Lloyds and went on to right royally fuck us all, I like to say yes.  And sometimes this means that I end up doing too much, over committing.  Between work and my private life I’m ridiculously busy.  But when the possibility of doing something else, something exciting came along I jumped right in.  So when fellow tweeter, nouveau blogger, #socreccamp participant and west country recruiter Sarah Knight told me she wass climbing Kilimanjaro in February to raise money for Sparks and suggested to me that there may be additional places……I was there.

Unfortunately I achieved a big fat #fail for a number of reasons and now won’t be able to participate….in the end it was a commitment too far.

However, never one to give up I am going to try to participate vicariously.  To make up for my epic commitment fail.

If you’ve read the blog for any period of time, you’ll know that I don’t have any advertising.  At all.  I pay to keep Google ads off the site after wordpress.com started adding them.  There is nothing at all. I’m also aware that there are a number of readers of this blog that are from companies both large and small. So here is the deal….if you look at the top right of the website *pauses* see it? There is now a big gap.  If you want to put your company, your logo, or even a picture of yourself there then I’m going to let you.  In return for your sponsorship of Sarah.

I have absolutely no idea how this will work, if there will be any interest at all, how much is fair to ask for how long.  I’m just hoping that people won’t take the piss and will want to support a good cause in return for a little profile on here.  What do you get? Other than a warm sense of achievement and a glow of self-righteousness? Well, I’m not huge but (according to my wordpress stats) we knock along at between 250 and 650 visitors a day depending on the day of the week and the topic and the traffic is going up on a monthly basis.  The site is often referenced on mainstream UK websites and ranks pretty well when considered alongside blogs of a similar nature.

But let’s be honest, it ain’t going to make you rich, but you’ll be helping a good cause, helping a fellow blogger and professional and no publicity is bad publicity right? So if you’re interested, let me know here. You can sponsor Sarah here. And we’ll see where we go from there.

Deal?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/27/2010 09:15

    I hope Sarah gets a TON of support. What a creative way to use ads for good. I hope you get lots of takers or at least one really big one! Also, a post about over-committing was just what I needed to read today. I’m up in the middle of the night working on all my “fun” projects all while fighting a terrible cold. Thank goodness for my good friend Mervyn who tells me I need to take care of me. I think I need to learn to say “no” to more. 🙂

  2. Sarah Knight permalink
    10/28/2010 17:34

    Such a shame we couldn’t climbed Kilimanjaro together. I think the banter up the mountain, watching each other go mad with the altitude sickness and helping each other through injuries and the extreme highs and lows of this adventure would have been quite an experience!

    I was very grateful when you offered to help with my fundraising. Selling advertising space on your blog was nothing short of a genius idea. Day 1 and we already have 3 amazing advertisers on board! I am (of course) utterly thrilled!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for your support. It means the world.

    Beers clearly on me on Saturday…..!

    S 🙂 x

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