Blogathon For SSA Week: “I’m Not an Organizer”

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This post continues my leg of the Blogathon for SSA Week… now! From now until 9pm PDT, I will write one new blog post every hour. Plus, for every $100 raised during that time, I will post one new picture of our cats! And all donations will be matched by SSA Supporters Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss — so whatever you donate, it will be doubled!

As of 12:01 pm PDT: 429 Donors, $69,747.69
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“I’m not an organizer.”

I’ve been saying this for years now. When I talk or write about how activists need to do whatever form of activism they’re good at and find inspiring and fun, I usually add something like, “For instance, I’m not a community organizer, because I hate that and would suck at it.” When I talk or write about how important it is for atheists to build communities and support systems to replace the ones people lose when they leave religion, I usually add something like, “I have such enormous respect for the people who do community organizing, it’s such a hugely important job, and I’m sure as hell not going to do it — I hate it, and would suck at it.”

Except I realized something the other day.

I’m on the Advisory Board of the Secular Student Alliance. I’m on the board of directors for Skepticon (or I will be — not sure if that’s official yet). I do a huge amount of unofficial brainstorming with organizers about the organizations we’re part of. I do a metric shitload of fundraising for community organizations (this blogathon being just one example). And, maybe more to the point, I’m a co-organizer of the Godless Perverts here in San Francisco, and we’re hosting both social gatherings and performance events on a regular basis.

Shit.

I think I’m an organizer.

And I don’t hate it. And I don’t think I suck at it.

How the hell did that happen?

And to any organizers out there — can you give me any advice? What do I do now?

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