2019 Vegan Hacktivists Year Review!
Wow - It's only been a year since we started and I'm already so incredibly proud of our team and the accomplishments we've made since then. We've all been really excited about making this post for a while now because we really wanted to see how much ground we've covered as an animal rights organization in just a short amount of time. But just for those who don't know how we started this, I'll let everyone in on that this was all an accident. I started this organization on New Year's of last year, almost exactly a year ago. As a moderator of the r/Vegan reddit community I wanted to build a website that had a bunch of vegan resources beautifully displayed and accessible instead of having to share several links when doing my online outreach. A few people offered their time to help me with the site and before we knew it we were working together daily building it. While we were working on the project we decided to create a discord (a chat server, similar to a forum but live) to be able to communicate better, but we had to name it - we landed on Vegan Hacktivists as a fun little pun. To cut a long story short, as more volunteers jumped on to help we began discussing several other project ideas and, well, one thing led to another! In the blink of an eye we connected with several vegan organizations and activists who heard of us and needed our help. We started to build better organizational and team structures for the Vegan Hacktivists as we continued to get more and more requests for help. In a short amount of time we grew from 3 volunteers to over 50 in 12 months! Today, in just one year, we launched 12 new projects which include websites for activists and organizations such as Meat The Victims, Planet Vegan, and the Rancher Advocacy Program, but also some of our own ideas. We launched Vegan Bootcamp, our most successful project which is a new 30 day vegan challenge site, and we launched 5 Minutes 5 Vegans, a 5 minute online vegan outreach website for activists. Both of these sites brought something brand new to the animal rights scene that no-one else had done yet. We scratched itches with Vegan Playlist and My Vegan Tree, and while those two projects weren't necessarily original ideas or successful, they helped us learn to work as a team on the way and developed our skills. We built out VeganActivism.org and VeganCheatSheet.org, both which have become incredibly popular by just word of mouth, and we were lucky enough to get James Hoot, Alex Bez, Leah Doellinger and Ryuji Chua on as advisers - we can't begin to thank them for their time and guidance. We're working on building partnerships with Animal Save Movement (formerly The Save Movement) and a few other organizations behind-the-scenes - more to come on that soon! We also have 2 new projects in the pipelines, both of which we're really excited to announce in the beginning of 2020.
Announcing the new Vegan Hacktivists blog!
Today is the day we're launching our new blog! We'll mainly use this as a tool to keep everyone up to date with our projects, announce new ones, and general organizational blog posts - but we also plan to have some fun and do interviews with our volunteers, activists, and advisors! Our content creators may also release some fun posts every so often outside of the scope of the Vegan Hacktivists surrounding vegan activism in general. We took some of our older Patreon posts and posted them here for historical purposes and to fill the new blog in a bit. We'll still announce new projects earlier on Patreon but those posts and other fun content will eventually hit the blog as-well after our patrons have had a good look! We still have a lot more to get done before the blog is fully up and running but for now, thanks so much for reading and see you in the next one! The Vegan Hacktivists
Our newest project: VeganBootcamp.org!
We're so so happy to announce that we've released Vegan Bootcamp! It took several months longer than we thought it would but we're so proud of what we accomplished among the countless of volunteers that put work into bringing this project to reality.  https://veganbootcamp.org/ We're especially excited about the analytics that we're able to (anonymously) gather on how many people are where, how long they stay there, and if they completed the challenge. We're able to optimize certain challenges that we see people struggling with so that the entire 30 day challenge is set up in the best way possible for folks to succeed. Activists can now login and create a special custom shortlink to see how many people clicked, signed up, and completed the challenge. We can almost guarantee that anyone who's completed the challenge has a close to 90% chance of not only being a "plant based" vegan, but being an ethical vegan. The challenge has folks watching Dominion, Cowspiracy, Forks over Knives, among many other educational videos - all while slowly transitioning and replacing foods throughout the 30 days to the point of making it easier than ever. Folks can then spend stars that they earn as they complete challenges to unlock coupons from participating vegan stores and organizations! Please signup, check it out, and share where possible! We'll be keeping a close eye on this project, updating it, and we're going to hopefully have activists start using this link as either a replacement for Challenge 22, or side by side! Thank you so much as always for the support here on Patreon, it means the world to us! Thank you! :)
New website, new teams, new projects!
Good morning everyone! We're stoked to announce our new website located below: https://veganhacktivists.org We've added a services section, projects section, and a few other neat pages that expand on who we are and what we do. The team members page is not fully filled out yet (we have a lot more people to put up!) but other then that we're really proud of what we have done! We're growing fast - we have a total of 37 volunteers between developers, project leaders, graphic design, content creators, etc. That's 20 more then we had just less than 2 months ago! We're making sure our organizational structure is set up so we're not overwhelmed, although it's a fantastic problem to have! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป  Let us know what you think of the new website in the comments below, and as always, thank you so much for your support!  ๐Ÿ’• 
Vegan Campout and other updates!
We've been busy! Long time no update! We've been busy with several projects, but we'll expand on those in separate posts later today (some on patreon) - keep your eyes peeled! :) We just got back from Vegan Campout 2019 in the UK, our project leaders were able to meet for the first time in person and we were able to make several new connections with different activists and organizations as a result! We met up with Extinction Rebellion's animal-counter "Animal Rebellion" and had a fantastic meeting with them over what we could help them with. You can learn more about what Animal Rebellion does by visiting their website here: http://www.animalrebellion.org/  We'll be working with them in the very near future so stay tuned! We've expanded our team by around 25 people, which includes a brand new team "Team Banana" and 15 new content creators that will be helping us with blogs, social media, and any content needed for our current or upcoming projects. We'll be ramping up the quality of content we push out immediately thanks to these amazing vegan volunteers! More posts coming up today very soon, see you there and thanks for your support!
Our newest project: 5Minutes5Vegans.org
In just 5 minutes you can help 5 or more people become Vegan right now!" We're re-designing our most popular project to date with a beautiful face-lift! But that's not all, we'll be providing new functionality that's been long awaited by our most dedicated users who've emailed us asking for updated features in the past months.You can now register and login with your own account!You can now create and customize your own copy/paste messages!New twitter feeds for English, Spanish, French and German languages!Enhanced AI finds more tweets and higher quality tweets now!Default resource text structures are now randomized using AI to avoid spam filters! We'll be releasing this new UI within a week, two weeks max! We're really excited about this update because it means more support for pre-vegans looking to transition but having no help at all. We want to be there first and we want to do it right for them. Hope you enjoy this update, and thanks for your support!
We're challenging challenge 22+ ๐Ÿ‘Š
It's the website that everyone recommends. It's the first thing that pops into your mind when you're sending someone a link to go Vegan. We want a piece of that real-estate because we think we have a better take on it - something more effective, self-sustaining, and rewarding. Take our challenge and you won't just be vegan, you'll have the knowledge of  a 5 year vegan veteran that knows exactly where to eat, how to shop, you've seen the movies, watched the classic videos, read the blogs, know the tips, the fallacies, etc. Earn coins by completing challenges and then spend those coins on coupons with participating stores/organizations selling Vegan products. There's even more to come but for now we'll have to leave it at this - expect to see us release this project within the next few weeks! We've coined it "The Plant Challenge" but we're open to suggestions for other names, so let us know in the comments below! Thank you everyone for making this possible! :) 
Our newest project, VeganPlaylist.org!
We've released the long awaited Vegan Playlist project! "Find and share inspirational Vegan videos! Spread the Vegan message with our curated playlists, or create your own from our huge video library. Quickly create custom playlists for your friends and family that would connect with them the most, or discover videos that help you with your own activism!" Link: https://VeganPlaylist.org If you have someone in mind and you'd like to introduce them to Veganism, normally you'll just send them the best video(s) that helped you transition first. Finding the right video, the "best video", the one you think will have the most impact for them personally, is often pretty hard. Vegan Playlist allows you to customize and build a playlist of Vegan videos that you think will be the most impactful to share to your friends or family! For example, if your friend connects more to the environmental aspects, create a custom playlist and add videos that you think will have the most impact! If your friend is just learning how to cook, use our search to find 5 minutes recipe videos and create a playlist that has their favorite veganized foods! We've gone ahead and pre-built several playlists on our homepage that have our "must watch" videos inside! Some of our playlists include the best vegan speeches, documentaries, debates, sketches, guides and activism! If you're already Vegan but want to brush up on your knowledge, find a playlist and enjoy! Lastly, if you post and perform vegan activism / discussion on reddit fairly often, create a playlist or use an existing one and link to them to help others! Videos are fantastic media to share and easy to consume, so add the "New to Veganism? Watch this!" playlist link to posts when you're helping someone transition, and so on! We're gearing up for the next project as we type, and we want to make sure to thank all of our Patrons for the support they gave both financially and with feedback for VeganPlaylist.org. Thanks so much and see you at the next update! :)
Our newest project: MyVeganTree.org!
Hi everyone! We've launched MyVeganTree.org! We're so excited to share this with everyone. :) Track your Vegan impact by adding people that have either gone or are going Vegan, Vegetarian, Plant-Based, etc, because of you and your activism! You can also add custom labels and colors to organize your tree the way you want it. If someone on your tree makes their own account, add them by username and you'll see their live tree and stats added to your own tree, just like that!  Thank you so much to our Patreon supporters for the help. We don't have many, but I appreciate every one of you for showing your support towards these projects. It means everything to me and we'll keep doing our best to spread compassion through Veganism with our projects. Stay tuned for the next one, we'll make a post next week about it and you'll know about it first!