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Welcome to Beth’s Blog for the Next Decade


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Welcome to the new and improved Beth’s Blog!  After almost a decade of blogging and most of it at the same place,  I’m starting over with a new platform and look thanks to Allyson Kapin and Jared Seltzer of Rad Campaign .

Moving to this new blog put me in a reflective mood. I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for almost a decade and seven years over at Beth’s Blog. According to the stats in Typepad, my blog has had:

  • 1206701:  Lifetime Pageviews
  • 3129:  Total Posts
  • 7641:  Total Comments

My very first blog was about my trip to Cambodia to bring my son Harry home in February, 2000.    I hand coded the html myself!  A year later, I launched my first professional blog  on the software that eventually became Google’s blogger.   I wrote about nonprofits, technology, and training.

In those early days, I lacked the discipline and inspiration to keep blogging on a regular basis.   I had a couple of false starts.   In April, 2003, I  started blogging on my http://beth.typepad.com in April, 2003 soon after Six Apart launched its TypePad hosting service.

My very first blog post was called “Blogspiration” and I shared my goal of blogging regularly.   I revisited some of my first posts and, ironically, my early blog posts were very short, some only a few sentences, a pre-shadowing of micro-blogging that would come into its own a few years later.

I did not form the blogging daily habit until January, 2004 because we had just added to our family.   That post was magical because it was the first comment I had received and that comment was from a Cambodian Bloggher, Tharum.   His comment inspired me to start a personal blog on Cambodian culture and connect with other Cambodian bloggers.

I had outgrown my information design as well as my blogging platform a couple years ago.   It had become increasingly difficult to find older posts because I have too many categories and an idiosyncratic way of organizing them. If it was hard for me to find content, than I can’t imagine how what it is like for you, the readers.   Allison Fine once joked that my blog was like entering the portal in Being John Malkovich.

I really needed a professional web/blog designer!  In April, I hired Allyson Kapin and Jared Seltzer of Rad Campaign who lead me through a blog redesign process and set me up on the Word Press platform.   They did a fantastic job and I highly recommend them!

They created a cleaner version of Beth’s Blog with less clutter, but still retains my personality.   They listened to me about my important goals for the look and feel: authenticity, conversation, generosity, and fun!  (One feature is that my photo in the side bar will change according to different themes, so stay tuned)

I will keep the old Beth’s Blog as an archive, so I can start fresh over here. As I enter this new journey in blogging, I’m inspired to work on improving my writing so that my blog is more effective at helping networked nonprofits use social media to power change.

What do you think of my new blog?

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110 Responses

  1. Beth,
    Congrats on the move! There is always something exciting about moving into a new space-whether it be a physical facility or online real estate. I have been following your posts for a while now. I am the Social Media Liaison for the Tulane University Center for Public Service AmeriCorps VISTA program. We (the AmeriCorps VISTA) team have started a blog to house our monthly Field Reports. As VISTAs, through the Tulane program in New Orleans, we dedicate one year to service working with various nonprofit agencies in the community helping to build sustainability and capacity. Check out our blog to read about some of our VISTA’s experience in the field. VISTAs serve at different issue based organizations ranging from education to enviroment and all in between. Check it out and let me know what you think – Blog: http://tulanevista.wordpress.com.

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Marita says:

    Congratulations on the beautiful new blog design! You’ve been an inspiration to so many – including us! – and your daily updates and insights on the non-profit social media landscape have been invaluable.

    Congrats and blog on 🙂

  3. Dave Webb says:

    Being in a blog coma for many moons myself, your insightful and prolific posts are an inspiration to ramp back up, and I would read anything you write whether on Typepad, WordPress, or the back of a used napkin. Keep up the great work – lookin’ good!

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  6. Tom Dawkins says:

    Wonderful redesign Beth, I love it! Just what you needed. This is a much more modern and cleaner look which presents your incredible content in the best way possible. Well done.



  7. Peg Giffels says:

    Love the new look Beth, looking forward to the same old GREAT content. I’ll update the link from our blog roll at http://community.npowerseattle.org/npowering/ for our nonprofit customers.

    Peg Giffels, NPower Seattle

  8. What are your recommendations for setting up a new blog? We have just added a WordPress blog to CausesCalendar.com and welcome suggestions.

  9. Bruce says:

    Thanks Beth for your ongoing efforts. I wonder how much money actually passes through the administration filters at all these big fundraising comglomerations.

  10. I was facebooking a former colleague about online fundraising and mentioned your success using twitter. When I went to your blog to find some posts to link to, I discovered your move! Cool new blog – both in looks and architecture. Looking forward to your forthcoming posts and continuing to benefit from your experience!

    Laura Lee

  11. Chip McComb says:

    Congrats on the move Beth. Looking forward to 10 more years.

  12. […] going to be interviewing some fantastic people throughout the week, like Beth Kanter, CEO Zoetica and author of Beth’s Blogs: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, Jeremy Heimans, CEO of […]

  13. I love the new platform, Beth. Particularly the photo of you in a cowboy hat! Thank you for this blog. I am a communications consultant for nonprofits and am based in Milwaukee. Your blog is very very insightful.

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  15. Congratulations, Beth! It looks great. I’ve been debating how to update my 6 year old blog on Blogger myself, wondering how I would move over. I like the appeal of calling it the “archive” and just starting fresh with a new one. Quite inspiring.

    Well done!

  16. Azhar Kamar says:

    Great blog, great design. 😉

  17. Ellen Foley says:

    Hello, Beth and friends,

    I’m right this minute in a training with our journalism faculty at Madison College in Madison, Wis.

    Our faculty would like to find shareware that they can give students so they can create their own websites as part of their coursework. Our teacher is saying he uses iweb.

    I remember that one of your posts talked about “free” websites that are very simple but pre-templated. Can you help the class by telling us where those sites might be??

    Best, Ellen

  18. Beth,

    A huge congratulations on the move but more so on the inspiration you have provided over the last decade. Your work are one of the reasons I shifted my focus from the private sector to the social change space. So do know that you are changing lives directly and indirectly.


    Simon Mainwaring

  19. Donna Shelley says:

    Congratulations on your new site. I found out about you from a Tom’s of Maine campaign.

    One of my pet peeves that no one will be able to remedy is the use of the word “blog.” Maybe a contest out there in the, ugh, “blogosphere” to devise a new, more melodious word is in order!

    Good luck and I look forward to reading more on your site.

  20. Marie Young says:

    Hi Beth,

    Thank you for the inspiring work you do. Congrats on the new look.

    All the very best.

    Marie Young

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  22. Mariam says:

    Congrats on the move Beth, it’s looking good. I’ve updated my blogroll with your new address.

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  25. LOVE IT!! Good luck and keep doing what you do best!

  26. John Powers says:

    Usually read post in feeds, but was looking for something at your site today; oh how nice it is!

  27. Congrats! It looks awesome! I tried migrating my own blog from blogger to WordPress and, after about 10 hours of struggling with it, moved it to Posterous instead. The next time I migrate a blog I’ll be going the way of hiring someone to do it! 😉

    Here’s to 10 more years of successful blogging here on your new site!


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  29. John Pannell says:

    Hi Beth,

    Love the new blog. Lovely, fresh clean layout. Been reading your articles and gives me great inspiration.

    We also relaunched our http://www.onedifference.org website a few weeks ago. We’re getting great comments and it will help build the awareness of our projects in developing countries.


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  34. Jaago Re says:

    Hey Beth! Great to see your new blog 🙂

    We’ve been following you for some time now…

    Check out our interview with Sanjukta Basu (the online program co-ordinator for Bell Bajao–which won Cannes Lions this year) on the role of Social Media for nonprofits http://ow.ly/2uoa3 in India.

    Best wishes…

  35. Hashem says:

    Congratulations on the beautiful new blog design

  36. […] Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits are Using Social Media to Power Change […]

  37. As a new blogger I can learn a lot from you. I started only 4 months ago for our nonprofit organization with no previous experience in creative writing.

  38. Heidi B says:

    Hi Beth,
    I just came across your blog, and think you have a lot of great ideas and experiences that I would love to talk to you about. I am the communications specialist at Bright Beginnings, a nonprofit in DC that offers a bright start for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers of homeless families. We serve about 186 children annually whose families live in transitional housing and are working towards a more stable home for themselves and their children. Please visit our website, and let me know if you have any ideas as to how we might be able to work together to get our name out in the area and raise awareness of homelessness in the greater Washington, DC area.

    Thanks and keep on writing! I will keep reading!

  39. First time here, I can’t say something new, your blog looks awesome! I will come back again,


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  43. preschool says:

    Great new look.
    Keep up the good work


  44. Gretchen Knapp says:

    Love the new design of your blog – was introduced to your work thorugh the Networked Nonprofit, a terrific book. Thanks!


  45. […] Allison Fine, co-author with Beth Kanter of the upcoming book “The Networked […]

  46. hi Beth,

    It my first time to visit your blog, nice site,

    good luck!

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  49. Hi Beth,

    I think I need your help. I am doing my thesis about non-profit organizations and the use of social media. How social media can help draw new members.
    I hope you can help me finding theories or models about this subject? Perhaps you have a great tip or website or you know a great model or theory?

    Hope you can help me.

    Best Regards,

    Eveline Oudshoorn from Vancouver