The book of the blog

From the outset, this daily diary was designed by its editor with a vision to help raise money for the charitable endeavours of the Allendale Lions Club, a member of the International Lions Clubs, the largest philanthropic service organisation in the world.

Essentially, almost all of the money raised by the local club is ploughed back into good local causes. In fact, all of the money raised in local events (especially the Charity Auction) goes as advertised directly back into the community. But the club, by virtue of its international affiliation, also has a responsibility for some international assistance, especially when great tragedies like tsunamis or earthquakes strike unexpectedly around the world. The Allendale Lions like to support causes where there is some sort of local connection, as for example, to help eradicate jigger infestation from the feet of children in Kenya, where one of the club’s charter members has emigrated.

But the fund-raising capacity of the Allendale Lions Club is increasingly limited by the advanced age of its charter members. That’s why the members were so supportive of a new fund-raising idea, based on the blog.

When 2020 finally rolls around, if all has gone according to plan, there should be 365 entries in this ‘Year in the Life of a Village’ diary. That should be quite a little volume of notes, musings, anecdotes and reminiscences, a kind of historical record, even, of what life has been like over the year. The entries have been assessed to see how well they might fit into one of a number of ‘blog to book’ packages, and after a bit of finessing, the template has been renewed, a prototype booklet of the first month of entries has been produced, and the final 10 months stretches ahead of us. A ‘Kickstarter’ crowdsourcing campaign is envisaged, for example, for the month of December, as the diary enters its home stretch. Assuming sufficient interest and support in terms of ‘pre-orders’ then, printing of the complete volume, which could run to some 500 pages, could be accomplished within a week or two, for delivery ‘hot off the press’ in mid-January.

Indeed, it doesn’t seem at all unreasonable that a charitable fund of some £5000 could be a fair ambition from the proceeds of the bound diary, which would go to the Lions charitable account for distribution to good causes. Of course, successful sales will depend on the quality of the writing, the universality of local coverage, and the diligence of the editor in acquiring input from a comprehensive variety of local sources. So, something useful to be getting on with, then!