When you write about water as often as we do, it can be tough to come up with interesting takes on the same old subjects, no matter how important they are. So when we heard that this year’s theme for Blog Action Day was water, we struggled to come up with something truly unique to write about. In one way or another, we’ve written about all of the suggested post ideas for Blog Action Day.
And we’re not the only ones. Other writers of all things water have covered many of these topics ad nauseam as well. If you read about water issues enough, you’ll inevitably come across many of the same statistics and points. While they are worth reading and taking to heart, we’re not doing anybody any favors by reposting these same figures over and over.
So this Blog Action Day, we’ve decided to look past all of that and to share some blog posts by folks who might not otherwise write about water. We enjoyed these posts because the writers offered fresh, personal insights into what water means to them, and they raised awareness about water issues, such as the global water crisis, in unconventional ways.
In no particular order, here are 12 Personal & Unique Posts from Blog Action Day:
- To spread awareness on the global water crisis, Vectips posted a really great tutorial on how to create a dirty water drop character in Illustrator.
- Likewise, Sebastian Guerriero at psdtuts+ shared a tutorial on how to create a wallpaper for Blog Action Day.
- DigitalSolid helped with a “social media bum rush” supporting Charity Water through the sale of Age Of Conversation III: Time To Get Busy. You can purchase this book in paperback, hardback and Kindle versions. (Please use these affiliate links when purchasing to ensure the proceeds go to Charity Water.)
- Jan Flora at the aptly named “Writer’s Flow” blog wrote a poignant poem about how privileged many of us are to have clean water, while others aren’t so fortunate.
- Mark and Elena over at MK Squared offered a first-hand view of their experience as peace corps volunteers in Tonga, where the burning of trash releases dioxins into the air. These dioxins settle in rainwater and on rooftops and eventually are flushed into cement water tanks called sima vais, where families get their drinking water.
- Rebel Road Sister talks about her goal to run 250 miles for clean water. Can you help?
- HelpAge wrote about why older Ethiopians might be the secret to finding water in their country.
- Is water a women’s rights issue? Aimee Sea of Women’s Rights thinks so.
- Crunchy Chewy Mama wrote about the advantages of drinking filtered water at home instead of bottled water, and how important that is when breastfeeding her two-month-old daughter.
- Kacy Maxwell remembers his experience with the Nashville flood back in May, when he saw people washing their cars despite the city urging everyone to conserve water.
- Alise of BigMama247 was shocked to discover she has a water footprint of 1078 gallons a day, and she wrote about some ways to bring that number down.
- How can we use less water? Drink more wine, stop brushing your teeth, don’t water your lawn or wash dishes, and give babies less water. So says Todd X from Iced Tea and Sarcasm.