Programming changes at DonorDreams blog


changesWelcome to May! While this month represents lots of things to lots of people (e.g. rain, flowers, planting gardens, non-profit conferences, etc), May is an anniversary month for The Healthy Non-Profit LLC and DonorDreams blog. It was three years ago this month that the company and the blog were started. So, today we’re going to do a little celebrating in addition to announcing a few programming changes.

WooHoo . . . Let’s celebrate!

Over the last 36 months, you and I have accomplished the following things together including:

  • 725 blog posts
  • 332 direct blog subscribers
  • 1,839 individuals checking in from time-to-time via blog subscriptions, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest
  • 1,353 comments (not including the comments you’ve written on different social media sites pertaining to my posts)
  • 53,924 page views
  • Readers from 23 different countries around the world on all five continents

These bullet points just represent the accomplishments related to the DonorDreams blog. They don’t include business-related accomplishments associated with my non-profit consulting practice — The Healthy Non-Profit LLC — such as:

  • the number of clients we’ve been privileged to serve
  • the conferences we’ve attended
  • the trainings we’ve facilitated
  • the plans we’ve facilitated and helped develop
  • the organizational capacity we’ve helped grow.

Hip hip hooray!

Programming changes at DonorDreams blog

For the last three years, I’ve been able to write something almost every day, and I’m humbled by how many people have read and engage in conversations around these posts. I believe that my blogging helps me be a better consultant, facilitator, planner and trainer. For this, I am grateful!

I honestly believe that WE have grown this blog and The Healthy Non-Profit LLC together. I am indebted to you and your readership. Thank You!

Unfortunately (or fortunately as the case may be), I cannot keep up with blogging every day and providing capacity building services through my firm. As a result and starting this month, DonorDreams blog will scale back its publishing schedule to two days per week — Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I’m currently looking at two options with regards to content:

  1. Focusing content around a monthly theme
  2. Focusing Tuesday content on board development and Thursday content on fundraising

If you have an opinion, I would love to hear your thoughts. As always, please share them using the comment box below.

With regard to the month of May, you may have noticed that we’re hosting the national Nonprofit Blog Carnival. In our April 29th post, we issued a “call for submissions” to the non-profit blogger community. This month’s theme centers on how non-profits can build LOYALTY among various stakeholder groups like donors, staff, volunteers, etc.

We will publish the Nonprofit Blog Carnival on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. In the meantime, we will focus all of our DonorDreams posts in May (remember we’re now only publishing on Tuesdays & Thursdays) on the same topic of building loyalty.

Thanks again for your readership and continuing support! I look forward to working with you and seeing what you and I collectively accomplish here at DonorDreams blog in the upcoming months and years.

Erik Anderson
Founder & President, The Healthy Non-Profit LLC
www.thehealthynonprofit.com 
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About DonorDreams

Erik got his start working in the non-profit field immediately upon graduation with his masters degree in 1994. His non-profit management and fundraising experience numbers nearly 20 years. His teachable point of view around resource development is influenced by the work of Penelope Burk and those professionals subscribing to a "donor centered" paradigm. Donors have dreams and it is our responsibility to be dream-makers because donors are not ATMs.

Posted on May 5, 2014, in nonprofit and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Eric,

    A VERY hearty congratulations to your success on your anniversery! It has been both a privildege and beneficial to read you blogs regularly!

    I look forward to continuing to follow you- whichever schedule and focus you take on the blog. All the best to you my friend.

    Kelley Tetzlaff

  2. Kelley . . . you are a sweetheart! I very much appreciate your readership and regular comments. I look forward to even more in the future!
    \
    ~Erik

  3. Congrats on your 3 year anniversary! While either schedule would be good, I think focusing Tuesdays on board development and Thursdays on fundraising is the better of the two choices. Of course you can always deviate when you like or have something monumental to say on another topic. Whatever you choose, I’ll keep reading…

    • Thanks for the feedback, Barry! I think your input is wise because if I go with the monthly theme idea, then those readers who aren’t interested in the theme will likely tune out for the entire month, which isn’t good. Thanks for the suggestion and than you for your readership and comments!

  4. Rose Reinert

    Congrats Erik! You did what many bloggers do not and that is taking on the challenge of a daily post versus a weekly or even monthly post!

    I think the second choice as well, however would challenge you to see if you can weave a theme into those posts. As you know, board development and fundarising go hand in hand so maybe you could present it from those two lenses.

    The best part however is you can do as you please and step out of those themes as you are inspired throughout your journey with non-profits or as a donor.

    Cheers to a great three years!

  5. Thanks, Rose. You’ve been a huge part of these successes. Not only have I drawn inspiration from your front line experiences, but you have been a great guest blogger too. I should be thanking you for all you’ve done over the last three years! You’re the best!!!

  6. Well thanks for the informative post and congratulation for the changes you have done in your blog and become success, your dream blog is awesome and through this I got so much knowledge about the dreams.

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