Top Online Influencers Inspire Social Good with Blogust 2012

Randi Zuckerberg joins top online voices in innovative blog relay where comments help save lives

WASHINGTON  – This August, 31 of the most influential online voices in the country are coming together to change the world through blogging. Throughout the month, the thought leaders will be a part of Blogust, a first-of-its-kind blog relay for good. Each day, one influencer will post about someone that inspires them and then “pass the baton” to another blogger for the following day. The twist is this: every comment on a Blogust post will initiate a $20 donation to help immunize a child in a developing country.

“Parents engaged in blogging are creating a positive shift in our parenting,” said Devi R. Thomas, director of the Shot@Life campaign. “It’s exciting to see so many of them share stories through Blogust and help other parents around the world celebrate milestones with their children.”

This unique month-long event gives everyone the ability to make a real impact by joining the conversation. For every comment made on posts that are part of the relay, $20 will be donated to Shot@Life, to help provide a child in developing country lifetime immunity from some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Blogust will inspire the online community to action: with just a comment on a blog, anyone can help save a child’s life.

“With Blogust, the online community can come together to make a real difference,” said Aaron Sherinian, vice president for public relations at the United Nations Foundation. “Not only will the posts inspire good, but the comments on them will help change lives.”

Each year, 1.5 million children in developing countries die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation is building a movement in the U.S. to increase the availability and funding of vaccines for children in developing countries.

Through the bloggers, Blogust will engage thousands of moms and dads across the country.

Among the array of influential voices taking part in Blogust are:

  • Amy Graff, BabyCenter, On the Go With Amy
  • Ana Flores, Spanglish Baby
  • Ana Roca Castro, LATISM
  • Anissa Mayhew, Free Anissa
  • Catherine Connors, Babble, Her Bad Mother
  • C.C. Chapman,
  • Cecily Kellogg, Uppercase Woman
  • Clay Nichols, DadLabs
  • Elena Sonnino, Ciao Mom
  • Fadra Nally, All Things Fadra
  • Gina Carroll, Gina Carroll
  • Ilina Ewen, Dirt and Noise
  • Isabel Kallman, Alphamom
  • Jeanette Kaplun, Todobebé
  • Jenny Eckton, Formerly Phread
  • Jim Lin, The Busy Dad Blog
  • Julie Marsh,
  • Jyl Johnson Pattee, Mom It Forward
  • Karen Walrond, Chookooloonks
  • Katherine Stone, Postpartum Progress, Babble
  • Liz Gumbinner, Mom-101
  • Liz Thompson, This Full House
  • Maggie Mason, Mighty Girl
  • Randi Zuckerberg
  • Renee Ross, Cutie Booty Cakes
  • Roxanna Sarmiento, Everyday Treats
  • Shannon Carroll, Whiskey in My Sippy Cup
  • Stacey Ferguson, Justice Fergie, Blogalicious
  • Suzanne Chan, Mom Confessionals
  • Tiany Davis, Social Savvy Mom
  • Tracey Clark, Shutter Sisters, Tracey Clark

Blogust runs from August 1 to August 31.
Join the relay and make your comments count, visit
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About Shot@Life
Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life. To learn more, go to

About The United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit

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