I'm trying to get some links assembled in one place for the Berkman Thursday evening bloggers meetings where we will discuss nonprofit blogging.
What does the nonprofit blogosphere look like?
It’s a fairly small niche, but a vibrant and rich one -- hopefully growing ...!
There is no official organized nonprofit blog census, npo blogroll or a bridge blog like Global s. (Closest thing right now is the attention stream created for the nptech tag community - although the focus is on one slice of the nonprofit sector) There are a few adhoc decentralized nooks and crannies in the
blogosphere where you can find listings of nonprofit blogs or aggregated
content of interest to nonprofits.
-Bloglines (nptech account)
-Rebecca MacKinnon’s Blogging for a Cause Post
Many nonprofit bloggers feel like Robert Moffit, blogger with the American Lung Assocation of Minnesota, who said as a nonprofit blogger, he felt like an Ivory Billed Woodpecker, a rare species.
Podcasting by nonprofits is also still in the embryonic stages with the exception of Andy Carvin. Examples are few: ItConversations, Gregory Heller’s experiment and examples in Brian Russell from Audio Activism's recent presentation
What are some examples of nonprofit blogging?
* Many non-profit blogs are written by nonprofit techies and political activists and a lot of these are individual's s – purposes may include “professional development” and networking/marketing. See side links for different examples of individual and organizational nonprofit and nonprofit technology blogs or click on the "Bloggerviews" for interviews with a few).
* There are more and more nonprofit organizational blogs entering the blogosphere, although these probably only represent a very small percentage of nonprofits. There is still a long ways to go before nonprofit blogging becomes common.
1. Authenticity and Demystifying the Artistic Process
Blog on the Boards:
Where an audience member writes the review of performance and it is posted on the blog
2. An internal focus for organizations to capture knowledge and support collaboration and go external ...
A post by Marnie Webb from ComputMentor on internal uses of blogs by npos
3. A in the emerging new medium to get their message out there
4. Facilitating people who receive organization’s services to blog and connect
6. A blog to discuss a report/book
Power to the Edges: Trends and Opportunities in Online Civic Engagement
Smart Communities (Shared authorship)
6. Executive Director Blogs
Artistic Director Blog (Inactive)
What are the barriers?
From Micheal Gilbert interview: Fear
I still find that nearly every nonprofit organization is rather afraid of the idea of blogging. It's threatening to them to have their staff blogging, it's too much work to have their leaders blogging, and it seems irrelevant to have their stakeholders blogging. Obviously, I support all three of these blogging strategies and I think that together they represent a resurgence of a community based form of organizing, whether in support of social service or social change. But I think the vast majority of the sector isn't there yet.
From Marnie Webb interview: Loss of Control & Time
The concern is: How do we make sure that people are staying on message? What if they say something we don't want them to say? Aren't ready for them to say? With that in mind, I speculate that giving up control is a big barrier. Time is also a barrier.
From Ed Batista: Fear
Sustainability/capacity -- some start blogs, but haven't given thought to how to sustain
There are a number of nonprofit tech providers (NTAPS) who are providing training and awareness raising of the value of blogging (and other emerging technology) for nonprofits. Here's a sampling of articles:
Marnie Webb, CompuMentor What's in NPO Digital Media Kit?
Ruby Sinreich, Why nonprofits should use tags?
Ruby Sinereich, Nonprofit Blogging and Podcasting Presentation
Peter Campbell: Non-profits blogs are better than web sites?
Weblog Strategies for Nonprofits by Radio Free Blogistan
Issue Dynamics, Inc - Presentations on Blogging for Organizations
What are some examples of drama in the nptech blogspace?
Cross-blog talk can lead to better understanding of topic with colleagues or ad-hoc collaborations
For example, whining about something lead to a collaborative writing space set up by Marnie Webb. The article on consultantcommons is still a work in progress, but got popular link status on delicious!
Cross-blog talk in response to Michael Gilbert's article on online publishing workflow lead to some nonprofit techies sharing their blogging workflows and their tools lists here and here. Gilbert commented. More people mapped their work flow.
Hmm .. I just saw that Brian is bringing his video camera, I better go take a shower....