There is something about the personal blog, yourname.com, where you control everything and get to do whatever the hell pleases you. There is something about linking to one of those blogs and then saying something. It’s like having a conversation in public with each other. This is how blogging was in the early days. And this is how blogging is today, if you want it to be.

Opportunity for Amazon to help storm victims

I’m hearing lots of horror stories about the situation out in the Rockaways and Staten Island - families in need of diapers, wipes, sanitary products, trash bags, etc. As an Amazon Prime member, I can purchase these supplies online and send them via cheap overnight shipping to some families who need the help. I know it’s tough to get supplies out there, so they can’t use cash, and donating to a large charity like the Red Cross, while helpful, isn’t as direct.

Amazon should collect addresses of families/shelters/parishes in need and make it super easy on their home page (One Click) to order supplies and have them expedited to the area. I remember all those laudatory stories about Wal-Mart trucks beating FEMA to New Orleans after Katrina. Now we can have “Amazon trucks” (UPS) descending on Belle Harbor, Staten Island, Jersey shore, etc. throughout the week.

Amazon, Google, or someone should get on that. Please let me know if something like this already exists and I’m missing it.