What's Happening
Do you remember when you couldn't say the word "blog" without laughing? Or am I showing my age? Blogging first emerged in the 1990s at the same time as the appearance of tools that allowed non-techies to publish to the World Wide Web without knowing how to program in HTML. Blogs have come to be a critical part of nonprofits' online and social media strategies, giving organisations a way to engage in up-to-date, two-way communication with constituents. In this issue of Tech4Good, we highlight some useful tools to help you get started, and examples of stellar blogs that are out there.

DISCOVER

• Blogs 101
To blog or not to blog? Should you decide to take the leap and join the blogosphere, it's helpful to understand a bit more about blogging and the current state of play.
State of the Blogosphere
Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Blog

• Tools to Make it Happen
There is a lot of choice available as far as the tools you can use to make blogging happen and here are some great resources available to you. Don't know HTML programming? No problem. Check out Windows Writer which will do the programming for you.
A Few Good Blogging Tools
Windows Writer

 

LEARN

• Build It and They Will Come
Now that you've created your blog, how do you drive traffic to it? Here are a few suggestions about strategy and content that will help build your readership.
How to Get Traffic to Your Blog
11 Blog Content Ideas for your Nonprofit

• Good Blog Design & Content
You know how to build your blog and even how to drive traffic to it. Now let's take a look at those who have come before us and learn from the masters.
11 Nonprofit Blogs Designed for the Social Web
Top 10 Social Media for Social Good Blogs



ATTEND
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Get together with nonprofits to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector.  
 
Upcoming Dates:
6 February 2013 - Singapore
Coming soon... - Sri Lanka
Coming soon... - Indonesia
Coming soon... - Vietnam
 
• Social Media Webinar
12 December 2012 - Social Media for NGOs in South Asia

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