What is Augvocacy?
Essentially, the heart of Augvocacy is, as its name suggests, tackling important advocacies in August. More than that, however, this project celebrates diverse voices and highlights the necessity of nuances and perspectives, which is why the main goal of Augvocacy is to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout this month. These lovely participants are called Augvocates (💖).
I genuinely believe that positive change can only be achieved through solidarity and inclusivity. It’s not enough to be united; we must also have the humility of understanding and accepting that there is so much we can learn from one another. It is only then that we can foster healthy discourses, create sustainable solutions, and truly touch lives.
Every Augvocate has a voice that carries ideas and insights that can greatly contribute to the larger discourse of any societal problem or issue. Every Augvocate has a story that we can take something from. Every Augvocate deserves to not only be heard but to also be listened to.
And I hope to use Augvocacy as an avenue to not only raise awareness regarding particular advocacies, but also, and perhaps more significantly, to raise new ideas and fresh insights, which can foster healthier, more nuanced conversations, and in the long run, positive change. These advocacies will not and should not end in August; rather, it is my hope that the conversations sparked from Augvocacy will carry over in small, possibly indirect manifestations for the rest of this year and the years to come.
What sparked this idea?
As shallow as it sounds, I wanted to do something different for my birthday this year. My birthday is on the 14th of August, and I typically celebrate by conducting giveaways. However, I really wanted to do something good and meaningful – as well as share my other passions that are rarely discussed or seen on my blog.
I am an incredibly opinionated person, which fuels an innate drive to fight for what I believe in and to advocate for principles, proposals, and changes that are consistent with my beliefs. A large bulk of my blog’s content involves gushing over books, and for quite some time now, I had felt like I wasn’t really showing much of who I am because I am more than my love for literature. I’d like to think that I have a lot to offer and just as much to say!
With all that said, an advocacy-driven blogging project just felt like the right course of action to take.
What is this year’s advocacy?
For Augvocacy 2018 (or alternatively, #Augvocacy2018), the advocacy we are collectively forwarding is to foster a culture of reading in the Philippines.
Who will be participating in Augvocacy 2018?
For this year, I am very happy to say that there are 24 Augvocates consisting of Filipino readers, bloggers, and authors from different walks of life! It warms my heart to know that there are others (and a lot of them!) who, like me, want to use their voices and respective platforms to speak up about the same advocacy.
For the next two weeks, we will have a wonderfully interesting lineup of activities. I will be sharing interviews with Augvocates as well as guest posts written by a few of them. At the same time, the Augvocates will be sharing their own personal takes and insights on the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines on their respective blogging platforms.
Here’s the schedule!
💖 Event launch on That Bookshelf Bitch
💖 Gail D. Villanueva (Author)
💖 Shealea (That Bookshelf Bitch)
💖 KB (Bookbed)
💖 Bianca (The Ultimate Fangirl)
💖 Event recap and highlights on That Bookshelf Bitch
What else is there to look forward to?
We also have a giveaway! Details below:
💖 Prize: Paperback of The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
💖 Two (2) winners – one reader from the Philippines and one international reader (anywhere Book Depository delivers)
💖 Ends on midnight (12:00 AM) of September 1st
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That’s all for now! Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my take, which may or may not get a little bit academic. You’ll find out soon!
Now it’s your turn to talk – Where are you from, and in what ways can you help in fostering a culture of reading in your area? Outside of books, what are you passionate about? If you’re to be an Augvocate next year, what advocacy would you like to write about?