A Mind on Design: Things to Avoid When Building a WordPress Blog

Byte Technology

There are so many active blogs operating in our virtual world today that it would take countless lifetimes to read them all. But what makes one blog better than the next? That said, successful bloggers and blogging experts are thankfully quick to share some secrets dos and don’ts—mostly don’ts—that can really help a newbie writer get their feet wet and earn some web cred off the bat. Here are some tips that should be taken to heart when crafting a winning WordPress blog site.

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Mind Games: Using Psychology to Increase Email Open Rates

Byte Technology

By leveraging the innate processes of the human mind, it’s possible to greatly increase the odds that a recipient will click on your message and show interest in your group’s potential, whether it’s changing the world or just making a small piece of it a little better.

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A Simple Way for Nonprofit Leaders To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Their Daily Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We started with mindfulness from Chris Block, improvisation from David Havens , and Heather and I co-facilitated a session on networks. He started the session on mindfulness sharing a story about an encounter with a taxi driver in Nashville who answered the “how are you are today?”

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The Killer Blog Strategy Mind-Map For Simple Minded Bloggers

John Haydon

I’m currently working with a number of nonprofits who want to start a blog. They’ve all gone through a process on deciding whether of not a blog is right for them (Also see tomorrow’s free webinar with Charityhowto ). The Killer Blog Strategy Mind-Map.

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#13NTC Session: Mindful or Mindfull Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This blog post serves as a resource page for a session on mindfulness with Rob Cottingham and Jana Byington-Smith. This session teaches you some techniques including the use of visualization, graphic facilitation, mind-mapping, attention training, and technology tips and tools that you can immediately put into practice to help you and your staff work more efficiently and effectively, enabling you to achieve more in less time and ultimately increase the return of your efforts.

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How SMS Chat Saves Time, Money and Peace of Mind

Mobile Commons

Blog health Mobile technology has lent a big hand in changing the healthcare industry’s landscape. SMS chat, specifically, allows more and more individuals to making informed and proactive decisions about their health with instantaneous, private, and direct communication. How Does it Work?

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VR Films Work Great for Charity. What About Changing Minds? | WIRED

AFP Blog

What About Changing Minds? via Blog this VR Films Work Great for Charity. WIRED : "NEW INVENTIONS, WHETHER they’re gadgets or startups or biotech advancements, always come with some promise to “change the world.” Some do. Most don’t. A rare few find revolutionary uses that go far beyond what their creators initially envisioned. Congrats, Google. Sorry, Google Glass.)

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Mindfulness, Unplugging and Social Media Envy

Have Fun - Do Good

As a blog and social media coach , it's probably not a good idea for me to tell you to spend less time on your computer and cell phone, but honestly, it was one of the best things I've done in years. My number one mindfulness tip is to be aware of social media envy.

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Five Mind Shifts That Boost Social Sharing

John Haydon

Here are five mind-shifts to keep in mind: 1. Keep in mind that bloggers are in it for the long haul like you are. Continue to emonstrate your sincere interest in their blog with comments and retweets.

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Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The first Nonprofit Blog Carnival of 2015 is on the theme is personal productivity. That was the call for blog posts. I received a rich selection covering this topic – from changing mindsets, new tool sets, and lots of tips on how to manage your social media, email, and work flow.

Innovative Giving: Leverage Your Twitter Network | An Itinerant Mind | Fast Company

AFP Blog

Innovative Giving: Leverage Your Twitter Network | An Itinerant Mind | Fast Company: "Innovative Giving: Leverage Your Twitter Network| posted by Saabira ChaudhuriWhat she's done: A social media consultant, Beth Kanter teaches non-profits and individuals how to use social media tools like Twitter, blogs and widgets to raise funds and awareness.

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Nonprofit Blog Carnival Call for Submissions: What’s Your Best Online Personal Productivity Tip?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m honored to be hosting the January, 2015 Nonprofit Blog Carnival and theme is personal productivity online. Share them in this January’s nonprofit blog carnival. What Is a “Blog Carnival?”. To learn more, check out What Is the Nonprofit Blog Carnival?

Twelve tips for writing more blog posts each week

John Haydon

Here are a few things I’ve do that have help me be more efficient (but still authentic) with my blogging: Dragon Dictation – I wrote this post in ten minutes (two minutes dictating and eight minutes editing the post in WordPress). What helps you write blog posts?

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Best Blogs of 2011

Connection Cafe

Well, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…our choice for the best Connection Cafe blog posts of 2011. I wish I could connect them all with some pithy common thread, but alas, the word “eclectic” is the first thing that springs to mind. Author: Sara Spivey. After all, the common thread between baseball and Google Analytics is so obvious, right?

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Open Thread: What's on Your Mind?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, bear with me -- blogging may be sporadic. So, I'd like to take this opportunity to find out what's on your mind. This next week is going to be totally crazy as I head down for New Orleans for the NTC and packed schedule. What topics about social media and nonprofits are you most interested in? Anything you want to promote? Any feedback you wish to share

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3 Best Practices to Rock Your Blog

Frogloop

Most nonprofits have a blog and even though they''re common, they''re not always as simple to navigate as they seem. A lot of nonprofits reach out to me asking how they can improve their blogs, they ask about best practices, and they ask about constituent engagement. Blogging Nonprofi

Time-Saving Hacks to Write More Blog Posts – A Video Demonstration

John Haydon

One thing I’ve learned from years of blogging is that a blogging process saves time and headaches. Transfer the Copy – Copy the content from your plain text editor, and copy it in your blogging software.

Bullet Journaling for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As Beth described it earlier, “it is actually a methodology best described as a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system.”. Guest Post Mindfulness Reflection

Wild Apricot Blog : Top 12 Mind Mapping Tools for Web or Desktop

Wild Apricot

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112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

Here’s Your 2013 Nonprofit Roundup: THIS – thanks to Marc Koenig of Nonprofit Hub: Nonprofits, 2014 is the Year of the Blog. Your blog is your gift to them, as well as to yourself. In Farra Trompeter’s recent Big Duck blog post, Facebook for nonprofits: Moving your marketing beyond the likes , she recaps insight shared by Kaiya Waddell and Amy Bryant at a recent 501 Tech NYC event. The Nonprofit Blog Carnival got dressed up this year, major donor style.

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Better Blogs: 6 Tips for Creating Great Content

Byte Technology

In today’s world of blogging, it’s hard to get noticed. After all, there are some 31 million active blog sites in the United States only at any given time, and to make your own content stand out from the crowd is certainly no easy chore. However, given the uncertainty of what makes a good blog post a great blog post, there are some tried-and-true formulas and rules you can follow to give your site a leg up in the virtual world.

How to Bring Your Business Blog to the Next Level

SocialFish

Your business blog is a failure. But you keep updating it because all your competitors have blogs. Many company blogs are like this: Business owners start them because everyone else does but you are not sure what to do with it. What Constitutes A Successful Blog?

How to Bring Your Business Blog to the Next Level

SocialFish

Your business blog is a failure. But you keep updating it because all your competitors have blogs. Many company blogs are like this: Business owners start them because everyone else does but you are not sure what to do with it. What Constitutes A Successful Blog?

What do Mac folks use to edit their blogs offline?

Judi Sohn

I’m amazed that after all these years, no one has come out with a killer offline blog editor for the Mac yet. It seems like there’s more development energy going towards iPhone blog editors than desktop versions. Very difficult to edit the code it decides your blog needs.

Go Inside the Mind of the Human Aggregator

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How does he use sites like Techmeme/DIGG vs. niche blogs Interview with Scoble where he answers these questions: Which RSS reader does he use and why? How does he configure it to save time? What are simple keyboard shortcuts anyone can use? How does he find and pick feeds? How can you catch his eye with your posts? How does he use RSS feeds for building relationships?

15 Social Media Marketing Stats You Need To See To Believe - Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology

AFP Blog

15 Social Media Marketing Stats You Need To See To Believe - Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology : "Here are 15 facts that will make you change your mind, and have you tweeting, posting, sharing, liking, and pinning faster than you ever have before." 'via via Blog this'.

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How Much Is Nonprofit Workplace Stress Self-Inflicted?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Does that blog post actually need 10 revisions and 6 approval chains? ” Happy Healthy Nonprofit Leadership Mindfulness

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TechSoup to Launch New Website and Blog

Tech Soup Blog

We've also built the site with accessibility in mind on several fronts. And we're launching a new blog. " A New Blog Platform. If you're a frequent visitor to our site, you might notice a few changes in the coming weeks.

Taking A Break from Blogging this Week: Ocean View Wins

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

MindfulnessTaking a break from online this week to stare at the ocean, visit family, and air out the brain. As someone who spends a lot of time online, breaks like this can be good for the heart, soul, and brain. Someone referred me to this excellent post by Danah Boyd about how to take an email sabbatical. I’m not going completely off the grid, but greatly reducing my normal load. So you’ll see less of me here, on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and email.

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Join the Trend: Six Ways to Discover Hot Topics for Your WordPress Blog

Byte Technology

But it’s important nonetheless: when you generate content based on trending topics you can be assured that said topics are already on reader’s minds, and speaking to these topics can really help you build a loyal following and assist you in honing in on your target audience. And by perusing what questions people are asking you can then determine what you should be writing about and give answers back from your blog.

Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This blog post shares some thoughts. Your team can do a simple mindfulness exercise by starting a meeting with a deep breath and going around the table to share how you are feeling in the moment. ” Conferences Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness Resilience Tips

How Nonprofit Professionals Can Manage Workplace Stress Triggers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Anne Grady, in a recent HBR blog post , describes the harm that repeated stress triggers can create in the workplace: “When you are triggered, the emotional part of your brain takes over. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Leadership Mindfulness ReflectionFlickr Photo by Brittney Bush.

Crap! Missed my Blog-day!

SocialFish

This blog turned one year old nine days ago, on August 21. Listen to everyone, then make up my own mind. Tags: blog-day blogging thanks And what a year it's been !

Mastering the Art of Work/Life Balance in a Digital World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Meet my colleague, Meico Marquette Whitlock, who is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Techie. I had an opportunity to interview Meico about being a Mindful Techie. However, now I’m bringing a new tool to my work in the form of mindfulness. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Mindfulness

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One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review , the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor. Capacity Happy Healthy Nonprofit MindfulnessSarah Cooper – 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.

The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Leadership MindfulnessFlickr Photo by udithawix. I’m facilitating a peer learning project on practical networked leadership skills for emerging nonprofit leaders. As we all know, living in a networked world creates opportunities for abundance.

How to Create a Juicy Blogging Vision Board

Have Fun - Do Good

One of the most common challenges my juicy blogging clients and students have is that they want more clarity around what to write about on their blog. Before you start selecting images, answer the following questions about your blog as best you can: Why am I blogging?

If the Ancient Greeks Had iPhone Separation Anxiety: Fitbippides

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As my work as a trainer pivots more towards leadership development in a networked world, I’ve been doing more and more training on the topic of mindfulness at work techniques. Taking long walks is good for you in many ways as this blog post from Canva points out.

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Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Celebrated my 9th Year of Blogging: I continued to blog or host guest posts regularly every week as I have been doing for the past nine years. I also wrote guest posts for the Harvard Business Review and the LinkedIn Corporate Blog.

Blogging to Inspire: Filling Up and Pouring Out

Have Fun - Do Good

When I recently surveyed my Juicy Blogging eNews readers , I was moved by how many of them completed the sentence, " My big vision for my blog is: " with " to inspire others. "

Top 10 blog posts of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

An exploration of options with my own particular requirements in mind. This blog entry from 2007 is about being open about one’s mistakes. It has one of the highest bounce rates of any post on this blog. Here’s the top 10 list for 2008: 1) Remember when 1 MB was alot ? I wrote this post back in 2005, and it is the most popular in 2008! It’s actually because someone included it in a Wikipedia Article (no, it wasn’t me.).

How to Create, Manage and Evolve Your Nonprofit Blog

NTEN

Creating a blog should be an opportunity, not an obligation. If it feels like solely an obligation, you should reconsider starting one — because, in my opinion, the most compelling blogs are born and grow from true curiosity, enthusiasm, and exploration. A blog is an opportunity not only to change static into dynamic, but also discover and share voices from your organization. It's also a very helpful organizing principle for keeping your blog focused.

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Midcourse Corrections » Blog Archive » Connecting: A Radical New Vision For Conferences And Events

AFP Blog

Midcourse Corrections » Blog Archive » Connecting: A Radical New Vision For Conferences And Events: "I’ve been having some fuzzy thinking in the corners of my mind lately about conferences, community and connections. Those thoughts have come to center stage and gained a more compelling clear focus after weeks of reflection of conference attendance.I am struck by what I remember the most from my