I want to introduce you to one of my favorite blogs – Kiss Me, I’m Vegan!  Lindsay Wolf created KMIV in 2008 to chronicle the journey of her new vegan lifestyle.  I found her blog when I was first making the switch to an all vegan diet back in December of 2009 and have been a faithful follower since.  She is a talented writer and her entries are interesting and informative.  But that’s not the main reason I’m drawn to her blog.  I’m a fan because she seems so sincere.  You can tell how much she truly cares about the issues that she writes about.  I know that her entire heart and soul is in every single word she types.  If you are interested in learning more about veganism and animal rights, or just want to read some kick-ass interviews with a ton of inspiring people like Gene Baur and Rory Freedman, then I highly suggest you go check out her blog!!!  I guarantee you’ll become a long-time follower, too!

A few days back Lindsay wrote that the publishing company, No Voice Unheard, was going to give two very lucky KMIV readers the opportunity to win a free copy of their book, Ninety-Five.  Ninety-Five: Meeting America’s Farmed Animals in Stories and Paragraphs is just that, an anthology of writing and photographs by rescuers, caregivers, and those who love the animals.  Each animal is portrayed with a picture and a short story describing that animal’s personality, depth, emotions, quirks, relationships, and individuality.  The book is to show society that animals are sentient beings and not just commodities.  And want to learn something else about the book that is really cool?  The authors named the book Ninety-Five because that is how many animals a person saves per year by going vegan.  95 animals!

In order to have a chance at winning the prize, Lindsay asked that you write a short story explaining how you inspire others to go vegan.  I don’t have good luck with winning things, but because I’ve wanted the book since I’ve heard about it, I decided to try my luck and submit a story.

Here’s the story I submitted:

My Ninety-Five: How I Inspire Others to Go Veg

By Megan W.

When I first became a vegan I was what I call a “closet vegan”.  I actually used to pray that people wouldn’t offer me meat because I knew that after I would politely decline they would follow up with, “What are you a vegetarian or something?”  It happens every time.  And I didn’t want them to ask that question because I wasn’t ready to announce my veganism to a world of carnivores that would, what I thought, tear my beliefs apart.  I didn’t want to be looked upon any differently or deemed weird or strange.  I didn’t want to start any controversy or answer a million questions.  I just wanted to eat my veggies and be left alone.

The more I learned about factory farming the more I wanted to get out there and do something to put an end to this madness!  It was during this time that I started to realize that my fear of being deemed weird was keeping people from knowing the truth about the horrors of the agriculture business.  By keeping my veganism to myself I was indirectly contributing to animal suffering.  I had to come out of my vegan closet.  I had to share with the world all the knowledge that I’ve accumulated over the past few months.  I wanted to shout from hilltops and hire a plane to write in the sky.  But of course I didn’t do those things.  Instead I took my knowledge to the web.  A few weeks later I had my very own website up and running.  My website is filled with information about veganism including the benefits a vegan diet provides to the animals, our environment, and our own health, simple ways to make the switch to a vegan lifestyle, and the truth about factory farming, transportation, and slaughter.  I also started a blog where I write about animal advocacy, current news, and share vegan recipes.  What better way to reach out to people than the internet?  My sites may not get as many visitors as I’d like, but if I can inform one person and maybe even get them to change their lifestyle, then the time and effort I spend blogging or updating my website is well worth it.  I genuinely believe that most people are compassionate beings and that if they only knew what these poor innocent animals endure for our selfishness they would change their ways.  I believe that I inspire others to go vegan by sharing with them the most important tool: information.  Because as we all know, knowledge is power.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!  I really hope that I win!  But even if I don’t, you can bet that I’m still going to buy the book!  For more information about No Voice Unheard, the non-profit organization that published Ninety-Five, click here to go to their website.

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