I am stunned and so happy to report that this blog is on the latest list of the ‘Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs’!
We’re at 113, which I think isn’t bad considering the blog is just over a year old.
I blogged about this list last August and since then, that blog piece has been one of my most popular. I think there’s a real appetite online for blogs about the charity/nonprofit sector, but there still aren’t enough of them out there.
In particular I don’t think there are enough from the UK. There are some great UK sites on the list- including Third Sector (who I also blog for), UKFundraising and Craig Linton. I look forward to seeing more in the coming years. I particularly hope an increasing number of charity leaders blog- see my tips in the guide here and look out for the #socialCEOS winners this year!
I’ve recently been reading an amazing book by one of my heroes, Michael Hyatt. The book is called ‘Platform: Get Noticed In a Noisy World’. It was so difficult to put down that I was literally reading it while walking along a Tube platform the other week in London (not advised). The core message of the book is that in order to be heard we need to build a platform to get our message across: current technologies have given us an opportunity to do that like never before, but we have to use them carefully so that our message isn’t drowned out. A blog, as Michael demonstrates through his own inspiring example, is a really effective way to be able to do that.
I have made a handy Twitter list of the Top 150 bloggers so you can find/follow them on there too.
I am particularly pleased that Beth Kanter, who was number 2 on the last list I saw, is now at number 1! I’ve never met Beth in person (though it is one of my ambitions to do so) but she’s always been so helpful and encouraging to me online and no-one knows more about social media and nonprofits than she does. Other blogs on the list include The Skoll World Forum, A Fine Blog, Nonprofit Tech For Good and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
I’d really like to thank Craig Van Korlaar for putting the list together. He’s worth following.
If I was to give three top blogging tips they would be this:
1- Stick at it
2- Stick at it
3- Stick at it!
The best advice I have ever read about blogging (and I have seen this same advice posted again and again) is that the only way to improve is to practice. The more that you practice writing, the more that you test what works and what people enjoy and the more that you learn from others, the better you will get. Sticking at it is what makes the difference as a lot of people get discouraged when they pour their heart into their blog posts and get very few readers. Everyone feels like that. Sometimes I’ve really put my soul into a blog post and very few people have seen it. But other times I’ve written something that I thought was quite pedestrian and the comments and shares show that it was really appreciated and valued. Some people get fed up with a low number of views and give up. The way I see it is this: if I bring one person value and get my message out to one person who will listen, it’s worth doing. Even if people read my blog and totally disagree with me, I hope it makes them think. I also know that in time I will get better and that I owe it to myself to see that happen.
I have some exciting plans for this blog. I know that there are so many things that I can do to improve it, I know I can be a much better blogger and I want to put in the time to practice and also to learn from others who know a lot more about it than I do. For example one of the best online writers I know is Jeff Goins. He writes beautifully and runs a mean webinar too! There’s an awful lot to learn from the way he crafts his prose.
One day, I’m going to try to get in the top 100 of the list- why not come join me and step onto your own platform?