Blogs that work.and spread

Higher Logic

Blogging is writing with a dual purpose. Effective blog posts both educate the reader and benefit the writers -- or the writer’s organization. What you’ll read here comes not just from my study of blogging over the years, but from personal experience.

Keeping your blog fresh


Hi blog readers! A bit red face here at Mariner because we’ve been neglecting this blog a bit. Not because we don’t have anything to say – trust me, we have plenty to say – but because like most of you, we’ve been busy as bees.

Top 10 Informz Blog Posts from 2017

Higher Logic

Over the 2017 calendar year, we published 125 awesome blog posts across the spectrum of marketing automation topics. As we start a new year, let's take a look back at the top 10 most popular posts. How to Build an Easy Engagement Scoring Model that Works.

Guest blog: Beyond the RFP.

YourMembership Blog

The post Guest blog: Beyond the RFP. Widen your AMC’s business development process. by Erin Fuller, FASAE, CAE, President | MCI USA Association Management & Consulting & Member | AMCI’s Board of Directors. The email came out of the blue, from a really strong association executive that I interviewed a few months back who wasn’t the right fit for the professional society leadership role I tried to fill. I brought him in anyway to meet with other members of our team.

How I Quadrupled My Nonprofit Blog Traffic in Less Than 1 Year

Wild Apricot Blog

In this post I’m going to share everything I’ve learned about how to build a successful nonprofit blog from the ground up. Blogging Nonprofit-BlogThis year I've taken traffic from 9,000 visitors/month to over 36,000.

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Part 1: Straightforward Association Blogging Strategies


Jumpstart your blog with step one of simple association blogging techniques. There’s a lot of content out there, and if a blog post doesn’t quickly grab your attention in about 10 seconds, you move on to the next one. To blog or not to blog is not a question.

Blogging and Systems Level Thinking

Eric Lanke

Why do I blog? It usually, by definition, comes from someone who knows I blog, and who has probably read a post or two. Why do I blog? Blogging forces me to think at a systems level. When something challenging is going on in my association, if I want to think about it and dissect it on my blog, the restriction against individual people and programs forces me to take a step back. And this mindset, nurtured by blogging, pays other dividends as well.

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Unclogging Your Blog

YourMembership Blog Blog. Unclogging Your Blog. Eighty-percent of companies (who start blogs) never post more than five blog entries. Abandon ship and simply leave the blog out there as a reminder of their own lack of follow-through, manpower and/or strategy. What is so incapacitating about a blog? Blogging doesn’t have to be reminiscent of an English class assignment. Blogs don’t always have to be about the words. Blog Home.

My Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

Eric Lanke

As we end another year, here's a look back at the five posts on this blog that received the most page views in 2016. I hope you plan to stay engaged in 2017. + + + This post first appeared on Eric Lanke's blog , an association executive and author.

Romantic and Generous Blogging

Reid All About it

Everyone’s a critic now, writing reviews on Amazon and blogs, and ranting or raving on Twitter. We wouldn’t blog about associations, leadership and community if we weren’t fascinated by those subjects. Tagged: Art , Writing & Blogging.

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Blog Content Ideas for Associations


There are simple things to keep in mind that can make all the difference in whether a blog post gains traction. When blogging: Be Helpful, Instructional, Compelling, Interesting, and Entertaining. SEE ALSO: How to Write Association Blog Posts for Maximum Results.

Part 2: Straightforward Association Blogging Strategies


See how to continue your journey to improve your association blogging techniques. Simply focus on one new tactic every time you blog and soon you’ll be generating blog posts that help your members, your organization, and your industry. Begin better blogging now.

2016: An Association Blogging and Podcasting Odyssey

Spark Consulting

I’ve been blogging about association management since 2008 – and I was far from the first one into the pool. I remember participating in my first bloggercon at ASAE in a sunny plaza in San Diego in 2008, shortly after I’d launched Thanks For Playing, the precursor to the Spark blog, with about 30 other association professionals, sharing our thoughts about how to use this new platform to strengthen our industry and our community. Eric Lanke, Eric Lanke blog.

Always the Last to Know: Blog Topic Generator

Spark Consulting

Got a blog? Occasionally run out of ideas for what to write ON your blog? They have a free online blog topic generator – you give them a few nouns that are things you’d like to write about, they give you a week’s worth of potential blogging topics.

Blogging Elsewhere: June 2011

Reid All About it

I know that you’re all on the edge of your seats waiting for the next installment of the Writing for the Web series, but first I want to catch you up on some of my blog posts elsewhere. Get the inside scoop on how AARP uses Twitter at the Avectra blog….

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Blog Action Day

Reid All About it

On my personal blog, Grabbing the Gusto , I published a post for Blog Action Day. Blog Action Day: Support Your Local Green Brewer. Today is Blog Action Day. Tagged: Writing & Blogging. Writing & BloggingBloggers all over the world are writing about water with the hope of enlightening others and sparking discussion and action. At first when I heard the topic was water, I didn’t think I had anything to add to the conversation.

4 Things To Do Before Starting a Blog Program in Your Customer Community


When you started your customer community, you created the content, wrote the blogs, and encouraged your customers and prospective customers to join. You did all the work.

Blogging Elsewhere: May 2011

Reid All About it

I’ve been busy writing for other people and haven’t blogged much for myself, except for my Grabbing the Gusto blog, I’ve posted a few new recipes there. Here is a sample of some of my recent writing – blog posts for Avectra and SmartBlog Insights.

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My Top 5 Blog Posts of 2015

Eric Lanke

As we end another year, here's a look back at the five posts on this blog that received the most page views in 2015.

14 Blogs and Podcasts that Will Keep You Current on Online Community and Marketing Automation

Higher Logic

That’s a little harder to do when it comes to resources, so we wanted to make it easier for you and create a trusty list of blogs and podcasts that we follow for updates about communities and marketing automation. Their blog articles are well-researched and very in-depth.

American IRA Blog Explains Advantages of Self-Directed Gold IRAs

NonProfit University Blog

Recently, the American IRA blog explained the advantages of holding precious metals within Self-Directed Gold IRAs. Continue reading American IRA Blog Explains Advantages of Self-Directed Gold IRAs at STL.News. ASHEVILLE, N.C./ July 30, 2018 (STL.News).

Blogging Elsewhere: August 2011

Reid All About it

On my Grabbing the Gusto blog, there are three new chicken recipes to check out – blueberry chipotle , Milanese and rosemary walnut. Meaty Blog Posts. Every week I write a blog post for my client Avectra , an association management software and online community platform vendor.

How to Write Blog Posts Members Will Actually Read


It’s time for your association to start blogging like you mean it. Blogging doesn’t have to be hard, nor take a lot of time. See How to Make Your Blog Stand Out & Scream, “Read Me!”. Promoting your blogs on social media. Begin better blogging now.

4 Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are 4 key reasons why your organization should have a blog, as well as a Movie Monday video that offers a look at how one organization "built excitement and community engagement" with a blog. Blogging blog membership-communications

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Blogging Elsewhere: April 2011

Reid All About it

My recent posts on other blogs — Avectra, Socialfish and SmartBlog Insights – include: Member Communication: Have It Their Way. The folks at TMG’s Engage blog explain the Times’ new metered approach. I’m spreading myself around, but not too thin, oh no, plenty of bandwidth here.

Blogging Elsewhere: March 2011

Reid All About it

I’ve been cheating on my blog again. Here are some of my posts on other blogs — Avectra and Socialfish. Yes, You Can Be Private in Public. Do you have a hard time convincing your members to get active online?

Blogging Elsewhere: Winter 2011

Reid All About it

I’ve been a busy blogging bee lately. Here are a few of my posts on other blogs. I suggested he blog about his decision. Give New Life to Your Press Release. With the rise of social media, some pundits have declared the press release dead.

Cracking the Culture Code: Blogging

Jamie Notter

Blogging is a much better platform for this kind of communication. Your staff members may not be familiar with blogging and the looser, more personal communication style that comes with it. This is a guest post from Eric Lanke , the CEO of the National Fluid Power Association.

Association Basics: Blogging Tips for Non-Writers


For some people, writing comes naturally and effortlessly. But for others, it can feel more like nails on a chalkboard. Fret not! If you’ve always described yourself as a “non-writer,” let’s change the script. Take a look at these four basic tips to get you started on writing for your industry and becoming a thought leader! association management member engagement Small Staff Chatter

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Countdown to Association Blog-Palooza

Vanguard Tech

blogging. I’ve heard how blogging is dead or that organizations just don’t get it. Association blogging is about managing people, not technology – The technology has gotten easier and easier (and if you want to we can talk about it).

Why This Blog?

Association Navigator

I need to put down some thoughts about why I’m publishing this blog and what I expect I’ll be writing about. And I Reserve the Right to Blog About Other Stuff -. Association Management – this is what we do at Verto Solutions and I want us to do it better. It’s still a relatively new field and we are a new company. Every day presents opportunities for innovation and I want to discuss these ideas with my readers. If you are in association management I would like to hear from you.

Association Learning Blogs: Most Popular of 2016

WBT Systems

As we approach the end of June, and with a little inspiration from last week’s blog on Reflective Learning , we thought it was a good time to look back at some of the most popular association learning blogs of the first half of 2016.

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Even a Small Staff Can Blog

Reid All About it

Admit it, you like reading blogs, don’t you? A blog provides news, information and thought-provoking ideas – a professional development trifecta. A blog educates policy-makers, journalists and other influencers about your legislative and regulatory issues. Blogs are social.

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Help With Your Membership Blog

Wild Apricot Blog

Here is a collection of information, tips and advice to help get your membership blog off to a great start this fall. Blogging membership

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Associations Live

Starting a blog: First figure out why. Go to or (or others). Select a name. Customize the colors and look. Review the possible settings. Post a test. Add links. Familiarize yourself with all of the administrative functions. Publish. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Do monitor what others are saying. Don't lie. Publicize. Miscellaneous

7 Blog Post Ideas for Nonprofits


If you maintain a blog for your nonprofit, chances are you’ve come up short on ideas more than a few times. Well, in fact there are lots of creative ways to keep your blog active and interesting. There are lots of ways to keep your blog up-to-date with interesting stories.

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Sharing my blogging experience with others

Association Advocacy Chick

However, the part that generated the most interest and discussion centered around blogging. As I talked about starting and maintaining Association Advocacy Chick , many in the audience wanted to know the pros and cons of blogging. Sometimes you wonder if anyone’s reading your blog. Blogging has made me a better writer, a better thinker and overall, a better person. I ended the presentation with a story about one of my blog posts.


Associations Live

Is this a good thing? Or is it a huge time waster? What do you think? Miscellaneous


Nonprofit Blog Carnival June 2015: Motivation for the Nonprofit Nation

Wild Apricot Blog

Check out our Nonprofit Blog Carnival round-up for June. membership Non-profit nonprofit blog carnivalWant to find out how to motivate your volunteers, donors, supporters and board members?

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My Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013

Eric Lanke

image source As we end another year, here''s a look back at the five posts on this blog that received the most page views in 2013. Stop Calling It Strategic Planning This was #3 on last year''s list, and was originally posted in January 2012.