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    Helping a friend with an adoption blog
    I am still pretty new at this so I thought I'd see if I'm on the right track with what I'm going to suggest for a friend of mine. They're adopting from overseas and want to do one of those adoption blogs to update their friends and raise some money to help with expenses.

    Right now they're on blogger. Since it's not a business and it's only for a year or so, would that really matter? They could do a domain and redirect or I could encourage them to upload WP. Neither she or her husband are super tech-savvy.

    They wanted to make shirts and were going to order them and then ship them so I'm suggesting a CafePress shop instead. A basic shop would work if they only do one design and they can link to their shop on their blog. They also want to do prints (he photographs) so I was going to suggest imagekind.

    If I did suggest that they do some other AM things, I was going to suggest popshops. I mentioned that if they could just direct people to an assortment of adoption related merchandise (even just CP if they wanted to keep it simple) and give folks more options that way. Can you put popshops on blogger? I know you can't with the free version of Wordpress.

    If you have any other words of wisdom, I'm open.

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    Smugmug will also allow them to sell prints and shirts.

    I always recommend your content be on your own domain and not on blogger.com.
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    there are sites out there for this, like kickstarter.com (cant remember the other ones). ur looking for philanthropic, not commercial.
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    kickstarter is actually a pretty cool site. I've never heard of them before.
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    What are you talking about? Someone is adopting a child for a foreign country? They want to raise money to help with expenses?

    Why would they be adopting a child they can't afford?

    To use an adopted child to make or "raise" money, isn't that like unethical or immoral or something?

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    I think they are raising money for the adoption itself, which can cost up to $20,000 apparently.

    @loxly: yea kickstarter.com is pretty neat.
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    Kickstarter is awesome, I can't wait to get back on and look at it more closely.

    Yes, it's not immoral to raise money to help with adoption expenses, and using adoption blogs is quite popular apparently. Thanks to new laws imposed this year, many foreign adoptions now require more than one trip/stay to the country the child is from, almost doubling costs for hopeful parents. Some countries (that have millions of orphans) can run costs up to $35,000 or more for legal and travel expenses, depending on the laws and costs to get to and stay in that country.

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