I launched a blog in mid-2002 as a means to brand and market Score! Music Magazine. It’s easy to forget, but back then, online publications were few and far between, especially those that covered unsigned (indie) and small label artists. My co-publisher and I created and developed the project out of thin air, concocting the rules as we went along. Our only failure was that we couldn’t figure out how to monetize the damn thing. If we had, Score! Music might still be around.
Anyway, one afternoon my co-publisher and I were chatting online, most likely while having a cocktail, when the phrase “What’s With All The Feather Boas?” flew out of my keyboard. After our laughing subsided, the quip became a title, and the blog’s readers spent the next six years wondering what in the world it meant (hint: dunno).
In 2008, I became a living kidney donor, and shortly afterward, realized how deficient the US transplant system is in regards to living organ donor protections and care. Living Donor 101 was born out of my research, and the blog took a dramatic turn toward advocacy and activism issues. Consequently a name change was in order: Living Donors Are People Too was born.
To continue growing, and to reach as many people as possible, the blog moved to the LivingDonorsArePeopleToo.com domain in late 2011. This change allowed me to add a Living Donor Experience Survey and other niceties, as well as focus on SEO (search engine optimization) and other tech-geek things that most people think nothing about.
So thanks for visiting. If some of my posts make you angry, that’s not a bad thing. But you might want to ask yourself “why” before scribbling off a nasty email or comment. After all, I’m not the one responsible for the lack of valid and reliable living donor data, and I’m not the one abandoning living donors when they report a complication or injury, or suffering from depression, anxiety or PTSD. I’m just trying to make people aware of these injustices and motivate folks to change it.
Take care of yourself. And feel free to drop me a note anytime at cristy(at)livingdonor101(dot)com.