Convert Your Paper to i-Paper for Free!

Scribd_ipaper Last week during the Using Free Tools to Create an Online Portfolio webinar, we talked about strategies for embedding document files into web pages and one of the options I shared was Scribd.  Through its i-Paper interface, it allows you to embed a scrollable picture of your document, somewhat like what you see with a Slideshare slidecast, but it works for Word, PDF files, etc. You can see an example of how it looks here.

Now, via Web Worker Daily, I see that Scribd is prepared to help you out in converting all of your paper documents to i-Paper format for free. Simply email them about what you want to convert and you'll get a reply from one of their representatives. Then send them all your paper and they'll do the high quality scans and convert your documents to i-Paper where you'll be able to access them digitally. Not only is this a cool option for adding digital documents to your personal portfolio, it's also a great idea for organizations. Instead of all of those paper brochures, reports, etc., now you can have high quality digital versions that can be easily stored and used online.

To participate you must:

  1. Have full legal rights to any content you send.
  2. Not be in a hurry.  It will take time - weeks, at least - to get your content scanned.
  3. Agree to have your content published on Scribd.com.

This is a limited time offer, so if you need to get that pile of papers off your shelves and into a nice-looking digital format, I'd suggest you check it out.


Don't Want to Look Stupid in Front of Your Customers? Start Playing with Social Media Inside Your Organization First

Community Although I don't know if stats back me up on this, personal experience tells me that one of the main reasons people are afraid to use new tools is because they don't want to look stupid in front of the world--and more specifically in front of their customers.

I've been thinking a lot lately (again) about why there's still resistance to social media tools.  I'm beginning to believe that some of the resistance comes from the fact that so much of the advice out there focuses on using these tools with external stakeholders--your customers and other constituents with whom it feels most risky to make a mistake.

There's no doubt that if you're new to things like blogs, wikis and social networks, there can be lot to learn about the technology and conventions of operating in these environments. But the thing is, there are ways to start practicing with these tools without having to put your efforts out in front of those people whose reactions scare you to death. There are ways to get comfortable with the media before having to work with the tools in the wider world.

Here are some ideas. . .

Blogging
Blogs are just online journals that list posts and articles in reverse chronological order, with the most recent information first. They're actually incredibly versatile and could be used in a lot of ways inside your organization:

  • Individual departments or workgroups can set up a group blog that they use to update the rest of the organization on what's happening in their department.
  • Use a blog as your employee newsletter and to share time-sensitive information with staff.
  • Have employees maintain blogs to reflect on their work practices and keep track of achievements. They could also be used to have more senior staff document work processes and tips from which more junior staff might benefit.
  • And you could replace your "Employee Ideas" box with a blog, too. Float ideas or problems and then have people use comments to provide their feedback.

If you're going to play around with blogging within your organization, you'll want to check out Blogger or Wordpress--there's a version you can download and run on your own servers for free or you can use this online version, which has fewer features, but will do the trick.

Tumblelog
To some, a blog can seem like a big commitment. Another option is to use a tumblelog like Tumbler. This is a form of blogging that favors much shorter posts and sharing of multimedia. It's a great way to keep track of ideas--as you think of them, you can just make a quick post to your tumblelog--and to share multimedia finds, like a Slideshare presentation. You may want to consider creating an organizational tumblelog that everyone adds to as they find new materials or have new ideas. It can be a more dynamic form of a wiki (see below).

Wikis
Wikis are websites that can be edited by anyone. They are a great tool for developing group documentation and sharing information. Probably the best intro to wikis I've seen is this one from the crew at Common Craft. Some of the ways you could use a wiki inside the organization include:

  • As an online FAQ for office proceduresWetpaint_logo
  • To manage a project
  • As a policy and procedure manual.
  • For personal or organizational brainstorming.
  • To create an online resource guide for staff

I've written more about the uses of wikis here and here to give you some additional ideas. I like Wetpaint or Wikispaces if you decide you want to start your own. 

Your Own Organizational Social Network
Ning is a tool that lets anyone create their own social network, complete with forums to have online discussions, member pages, individual member blogs and places to upload videos, photos, and PPT presentations.

  • Your Ning site could be set up as an "online office," where staff could upload shared resources (such as Word docs of forms, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) and get answers to questions through the forums. It also would ensure that staff could access what they needed from work or from home.
  • It could also function as a virtual classroom to share learning and professional development resources.

Here are 8 steps to creating a great network.

Podcasts
A podcast is simply a digital audio file that can be recorded and uploaded to the Internet for downloading onto an i-pod or mp3 player. It can also be listened to online. You can get fancy with podcasting, but probably the easiest down and dirty thing I've seen is G-cast, which lets you record a podcast through your cell phone. It's as simple as calling a number and starting to talk. This could be used to record and share:

  • Instructions and How-Tos
  • Interviews--maybe an interview with a staff person on a recent achievement or a program they are running.
  • Work tips
  • News and updates

Once you've recorded your podcast(s), then you can set up links to them in the appropriate blog or wiki. So you might have a "How To" wiki of policies and procedures that includes not only written information, but also supplemental podcasts.

Getting Started
Keyboard_keys_2 Obviously there are a LOT of ways you can get started with social media inside your organization before you ever have to start using these tools with customers. I think this might be a safer space to experiment and once you get more comfortable using these tools, then you can start playing around with them in the wider world. But where to go from here? I'd suggest:

  • Think about something you want to start doing better at work. Do you want to start keeping track of your personal achievements so you have them all in one place the next time you want to talk to your boss about a raise? Do you want to start keeping better track of new ideas? Do you need to manage a project or would you like to keep in better touch with your colleagues? Find one thing you'd like to do better and set a goal.
  • Find a tool on the list that can help you with your goal. Let's say that you want to start keeping track of your achievements and work assignments so that you can show them to your boss at the next performance review. You might want to consider setting up a blog or tumblelog. Each time you do something, you can post what you did online, along with a reference to where you put the digital file(s) supporting it. Or if you need to manage a project, play around with setting up a wiki.
  • Start experimenting with your tool. Once you know which tool you want to use, then start playing around with it. Don't worry. You won't break anything. And if you're really nervous about making mistakes, then try using a tool just with yourself--don't worry about showing it to anyone else. Don't give up too soon--sometimes the technology can be frustrating, but most of these tools have pretty short learning curves if you can stick with them.
  • Start the cycle again--or start using your new tool with a wider audience. Once you get comfortable with your new toy, then you can either start working with a wider audience--maybe you take that wiki to the rest of your department--or you can start practicing with another tool to try it out and get comfortable with it.

The only way to really learn new media is to experiment with it. But you don't have to do your experiments in front of other people if they make you uncomfortable. By practicing with social media tools inside your organization, you can develop the skills and comfort level that will allow you to start using them with customers and other external stakeholders.

How have you used social media tools inside the enterprise? What ideas do you have for how this could be done?

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Getting Started with Blogging: Advice For New Bloggers From Bamboo Project Readers

Bloggingthis_2 As always, I continue to be blown away by the generosity and kind spirit of my readers. Last week I asked for your advice for new bloggers in preparation for a conference where Christine Martell and I are presenting. Not surprisingly, I got back an amazing set of answers--in fact, so many great answers I need to divide this into a few posts!

In this post I'm going to share what readers had to say about getting started with blogging. Tomorrow we'll talk about your advice on how to keep things going.

Deciding to Blog
On the subject of deciding to blog in the first place, the consensus seems to be to start a blog when you find something you feel strongly about and that you feel personally connected to. This is true for both personal and professional blogging. 

Cathy Moore sums it up this way:"A good sign that it's time to start your own blog is when you leave long comments on other people's blogs and still want to say more."

And Harold Jarche says,"Write for yourself and on something that you're passionate about."

New blogger Lance echoes this with his advice:

I’m in two minds here; it’s either don’t, unless you have something to say, or jump in the deep end and see where it takes you. I think I’m leaning to the “don’t” theory. My reasoning here is that unless you feel that there is some value in what you write, that will generally show through.  (”What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” Samuel Johnson).  Additionally without some purpose, disillusionment will not be far behind.  I jumped in, thinking it was something that I should try. Thankfully, I had some very supportive people to help me.

Learn the Terrain
Before you leap into blogging, many readers suggest getting comfortable with the genre. As Maya Norton points out in her excellent follow-up post, you need to study the craft of blogging and learn from the experts, even if you're a great writer in other venues. The blogosphere is a distinctly different animal and it will pay for you to get acquainted with it first.

To learn from the experts, Glen Ross suggests checking out blogs like Copyblogger and Problogger. I'd add Skelliwag to the list.  Also look within your niche to see who everyone else seems to link to. For example in nonprofit technology, Beth Kanter is a legend and I've learned a ton about blogging from her. Through Beth I've found some other great bloggers, too--a chain of best practices to follow and experience.

Finally, study this list of 101 Essential Blogging Skills, provided by Robin Reagler. It's a great set of skills every blogger should have. But don't let this list stop you from starting to blog.  It's only through the actual experience of blogging that you'll be able to develop most of these skills. Reading and commenting on other blogs will only give you a brief warm-up for the real activity that lies ahead. 

Build It And They Will Come?
Many bloggers get online because they want to reach an audience.  But as Lance points out, building a blog doesn't mean instant readership. Says Lance, "Be realistic - you are not going to have a huge reader base when you start. Tenacity is required. Keep at it and write as if the world were reading it."

This is something I wrote about earlier this year in Preaching to Empty Pews, recalling the first months of The Bamboo Project. Feeling like you're writing into the void can be disheartening and keeps many people from getting started, but remember there are advantages to not having an instant reader base. You get some time to practice alone before having to blog with an audience.

The point here is to not get so worried about having readers that you never start blogging. If you're passionate about your topic and are willing to stick with it, you can begin to develop an audience. Don't quit before you even try.

Getting Started With Your Blog
Once you've made the decision to start a blog:

  • Get together a week's worth of posts-- Bronwyn Mauldin suggests that you be sure to have a week's worth of posts in hand before launching your blog. She says, "instead of posting them all in one week, space them out at one per week. It's easy to go crazy when you start, then burn out quickly. Pace yourself. This is a marathon, not a sprint." She's most definitely right about that!
  • Don't get too hung up on tweaking your design--Cathy Moore warns:

"One challenge I faced: I'm a design and control freak, so I spent too long tweaking my WordPress design. I'd recommend that a new WP blogger get a recent design that supports widgets and simply accept that it won't ever look exactly right."

This is good advice no matter what platform you're using, especially when so many people will be using a feed reader to read your posts.

  • Don't freak about blogging platforms, either--Related to Cathy's comment, I'd suggest not getting too worked up about blogging platforms, either. If you just want to try things out, Blogger or Vox may be your best bets. I think that they're probably the easiest to get up and running, especially if you're in the experimental stages. You can also try Wordpress, which many, many bloggers swear by. I use Typepad myself, but there is a monthly fee, unlike the other three I've mentioned here.

So that's what we have on getting started with blogging. If you have other thoughts on the beginning phases, I'd love to hear from you.

Tomorrow, we'll take a look at what readers had to say about keeping the blogging habit going. From personal experience I can say that keeping a blog going is a lot harder than getting one started!


LiveBlogging a Webinar: Lessons Learned on Facilitating an Online Training Session From the Learner Perspective

This is me, liveblogging a webinar.  I'm not going to name names--just wanted to share the experience as it happens. More of a meta-analysis of the webinar experience with some commentary on content thrown in. I'm doing this to identify tips for when I'm presenting my first webinar in January. My lessons learned are at the bottom. Consider this another in a long line of process posts.

Before the Webinar
About 3 hours before we started, I got an email with links to handouts. Download page wasn't the most user-friendly thing. I could see where newbies would be in a "WTF?" kind of mode upon seeing it. I also personally think it was a mistake to send the slides before the session. I would have sent everything as follow-up, especially since the slides are already in the webinar and we aren't using the other info for this anyway. But that's just me.

Logging In
We're using Adobe Connect as the platform. Have to call in for the audio. I would appreciate better music while I wait--perhaps having different channels available to select? The easy-listening puts me in a bad mood before we even start.

We were supposed to start at 1 p.m. It's 5 after. That always annoys me, but at least with a webinar I can continue to work on other things while I'm waiting.

And We're Off!
OK--they've started--now they're giving an overview of the webinar room. They have a tech guy just for that, which is a good thing.

They're using one-way audio with the chat feature for questions/comments. Only the presenters can see our questions.

I wish that everyone could see what we asked This is one of the ways the presenters can control the conversation, by controlling what is asked. It's the illusion of interactivity, really. If they decide to not address a "difficult" question, then you don't even know it was asked, like you would in a real-life setting.

Now they're giving us an overview of the content. The audio isn't that great--very choppy-sounding. I'm on a landline so it should be better quality, IMO.

1:15--PPT slides are really text-heavy. I'm not surprised--that's the MO of this group. And the nice thing is that they're reading the slides for us WORD FOR WORD. That's always helpful for me. It's not like I could read it myself or anything.

Content Comment--People still need help on goal-setting and evaluating progress? Seriously? They haven't learned how to do this yet?

1:25: Ah. .  finally we have some graphics--incredibly tiny screenshots of a bunch of forms. You can't actually see them, but they are there. At least they aren't more text.

1:27: Hmm. . . they're still reading the slides to me. . . So far this webinar experience is very similar to the worst conference sessions I've attended--without the snacks that at least make it bearable. (Note to self--remember snacks for next time.)

1:28--Oh--good--a poll! That was fun. Lasted about 20 seconds. Now we're back to the talking.

1:30--Now we're switching speakers again (this is our 3rd so far). At least it's a different voice. Another person to comment on how exciting it is to be here, using this new technology.

1:33--Now she's reading a jargon-filled brochure to us. I'd rather read it myself.

1:35--More slide-reading.

1:37(Another content comment)--Lessons learned:

  • situations evolve
  • leadership and vision is key
  • important but hard to stay on track
  • need balance between clear project expectations and allowing flexibility
  • Impact comes from applying what we learn.

Hmm. . . might these be the generic lessons of virtually every project I've ever worked on? Not very helpful.

1:43--Another poll! Seems like they're just doing it 1) to make us think that the webinar is interactive and 2) because they can.  Another 20 seconds of pretending that my input matters.

1:44--Another speaker. Another chance to be thanked for my participation and for using the tech.

1:49--No pictures at all in this thing. Tables, forms, bullet points, but no actual, useful pictures.

1:56--Oops--got a little more interested in looking at my feeds and stopped paying attention a few minutes ago. Must go back to webinar . . .

1:57--They'd better talk fast if they want to be finished by 2 p.m. so we have time for all the questions.

2 p.m.--I'm really not understanding why this couldn't have just been a tutorial they sent out to us. All they did was narrate the slides. Our presence in that moment wasn't really necessary.

2:02--OK, so now we're getting into questions. . . hmm. . . yes, "What is that URL again?" That's a good question.

2:09--Questions getting more interesting. . .Maybe we should have read the PPT slides and other materials ahead of time and then used this as a Q&A session only.

2:17--We're still doing questions.

2:20--And, we're done.

What Did I Learn?

  • The technology worked pretty smoothly and that definitely made the experience better. That's a really key piece to running a webinar and I need to make sure that I have someone to handle those kinds of issues behind the scenes. Don't try to do the technology AND the presenting at the same time.
  • I need to figure out how to make things more interactive and interesting for people--maybe more humor, more story-telling, etc. There's nothing deadlier than bad PowerPoint in a webinar. I didn't even have to pretend to listen. I could just go do something else. Great for me, but kind of defeats the purpose. You have to be REALLY dynamic and engaging to keep people from surfing while you're doing your webinar.
  • Like the polls, but they need to maybe give more meaningful information that adds to the presentation and isn't a sort of lame bid for interactivity.
  • Need to intersperse questions throughout--take periodic breaks to let people ask questions. Maybe allow them to even talk rather than just using chat.
  • The slides need to be MUCH better. These were both ugly and boring.

Interesting experience to liveblog this. Made me much more aware of what was happening and my responses to it. It also made me really consider webinars from the user perspective.

Don't forget to fill out my webinar survey! I need your input!


Google Calendar + Remember the Milk= I Should Be Getting More Organized

Remember_the_milk For someone who is always extolling the virtues of Web 2.0 technologies, I can be surprisingly low-tech. I've made half-hearted attempts to get better at using Google calendar, but honestly, I've had a hard time weaning myself from my paper calendar and to-do lists. My work schedule is getting impossible though, as I attempt to juggle way too many disparate projects, so yesterday I decided I needed to get a little more serious about practicing what I preach.

Google Calendar
I started with transferring all of my appointments to Google calendar. In the comments section, I added phone numbers for calls I need to make. I was also able to add a couple of appointments directly through my Gmail inbox by clicking on the "Add to Gcal" link at the bottom of emails that confirmed appointments. Duh--why have I thought it was easier to write it on a paper calendar?

Remember the Milk
As I added my appointments though, I thought to myself that I REALLY needed to include my daily to-do lists, so I did a quick search on "Google Calendar" and "to do lists," which led me to this lovely Lifehacker post on Remember the Milk, a nice little "To Do" list application that I'd signed up for awhile ago, but fallen out of the habit of using. With a click of a button, I was able to integrate Remember the Milk into my Google calender. Now I can create prioritized To-do lists directly through Gcal, which I THINK (hope?) will help keep me organized.

So let's see how long this lasts--any bets on whether or not I return to my paper and pen within a week?  Typically I start out strong with these sorts of efforts, but old habits are hard to break, and I'll find myself backsliding, even as I know that this method actually makes my life easier if I can just keep up with it.

Perhaps there's a lesson here for me in understanding why other people don't quickly adopt blogging and other tools. Maybe it's a matter of establishing new habits and having to push through old ways of thinking. Sometimes it's easier to stick with what I know works a little, than to go through the pain of getting to something better.


Want to Get People to Pay Attention in a Meeting or Training Session? Bring in the Toys!

Playdoh The other day I had to meet with 20+ high school seniors, so I decided it was time to go back to one of my tried and true meeting strategies--Toys. It was so successful (as it always is), I thought I'd share the idea.

Bring on the Play-Doh!
About 9 years ago I was doing a retreat with 30 people. This was for a nonprofit that provided manufacturing training and about half of our group was made up of the trainees, who were extremely hands-on and fidgety when they had to sit still for too long. I needed everyone's participation in the meeting and knew that I had to do something to keep them all focused.

I'd read somewhere that if you can keep people's hands busy, they are more likely to pay attention for longer periods of time, so I thought I'd see what I could do. I ran out to the store and grabbed Play Doh, Legos and a few Slinkys and brought them with me to the retreat. I just threw everything on the table, explained why I'd brought the toys, and then waited to see what happened.

At first, people were a little tentative and looked at me like I was crazy. Then one guy grabbed some Play Doh and started forming some shapes. A woman took one of the Slinkys and began shifting it from side to side while a few more people took some Legos and started building. Within a few minutes, about 3/4 of the group was doing something with their hands.

Here was the cool thing, though. They ALL paid attention and participated in our discussions, more so than they'd done in previous meetings where I didn't bring the toys. By the end of the retreat a few days later, they were all thanking me for helping them see how they could stay focused, as many of them thought that there was something "wrong" with them that they had a hard time participating when they had to sit for a while.

Since then I've almost always used toys for training sessions, retreats, etc. I've used them with all ages, from high school seniors to senior citizens. Participants often think I'm a little crazy at first, but by the end of the day, they're generally convinced that this is a great strategy for keeping people focused. It's been particularly useful when I work with youth organizations--staff finally realize that there's a productive way to work WITH young people's energy, which is a real eye-opener for both them and the youth.

If you're worried that people will pay more attention to the toys than to your meeting, don't be. In 9 years of using this strategy, I've found that for most people, the toys actually get them MORE focused on what we're doing, not less. And if they do start to pay more attention to their Lego building than to what we're doing, then I know it's time for a break.

Give it a shot--let me know what happens.

Photo via samoube


Create a Cool Photo Collage for Your Website, Blog, Newsletter, Flickr Album and Just About Anything Else

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Looking for a way to do something different with photos for your newsletter, blog or other on and off-line publications? Robin Reagler shared this cool little tool with me--the Hockneyizer.

Upload a digital photo and it will create a collage for you. You can use the Polaroid version (what I have here) or one with no frames. You can also change background colors and the number of individual images you want to create. If you don't like the collage you get, just click on the shuffle button and it will give you another version. Then you can edit the image, save to your hard drive, upload to Flickr or email the image. Pretty cool. This is a picture from my wedding a few years ago, which seemed appropriate, since my anniversary is coming up soon. 


Our "Take Back Your 9-5" Career Empowerment Retreat is Taking Off!

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Last week Rosetta Thurman and I invited interested women to join us for a career retreat in the D.C. area. Since then, we've been thrilled to hear from a number of women who are excited about the idea of working together to create their career plans and move their professional development forward. Now it's time for next steps.

The Beyond the Glass Ceiling Community
We're starting with a new community on Ning called "Beyond the Glass Ceiling." This is something I've been thinking about for a while now and with the plans for our retreat moving ahead, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to launch it.

While we'll be using the site to collaboratively plan for the upcoming retreat, I envision it as something much bigger than that. This is a community that I see being open to all women, not just women in nonprofits.

From what I know from my own friends and other women I talk to, I think that there are a lot of us who would welcome the opportunity to have an ongoing support network where we could get career advice, online mentoring, share tips and tricks for career success, etc. I see this site as being a way for women to make those connections and provide support to one another on an ongoing basis, rather than just once in a while when we attend a retreat.

So while the site is launching in part as a way for us to plan the D.C. retreat, I'm hoping that word will spread and that other women will join the network to begin connecting, sharing and receiving career support. As Rosetta says, it's always good to have some cheerleaders in your corner.

The Beyond the Glass Ceiling Blog
Along with the launch of the Beyond the Glass Ceiling network, I've also decided to launch a new blog to support the community. What I've realized in the past few months is that I want to write much more about women's career issues and professional development than I can really do here. Although I've been able to dabble in general career and development posts, my primary focus has been on technology, learning and nonprofits and making a shift here just doesn't work. 

I still plan to write here at Bamboo, but by setting up a online new home, I can be more targeted on career and professional development issues specific to women without confusing or frustrating my readers here. It will also be less confusing for me. I've come to realize in my 31 Days to a Better Blog that there's something to be said for knowing and staying in your niche.

Next Steps
So where to go from here?

  • If you are a woman who wants to start investing in herself on a regular basis, rather than only once in a while, I hope you'll join us at the Beyond the Glass Ceiling community. At a minimum, please check out the Beyond the Glass Ceiling blog  and let me know what you think. I want it to be useful tool, so all feedback is welcome. 
  • If you're interested in attending the retreat that we're planning for D.C., definitely join the community because this is how we'll be putting together the event and sharing future plans with everyone who's interested in attending. It's the only way we can manage everything effectively!
  • If you know other women who might be interested in reading the blog, joining the community and/or attending the retreat, please send this post along to them to let them know what we're planning. Anyone is welcome to join us, so feel free to share.
  • No matter who you are, man OR woman, check out Rosetta's latest post on how to Kickstart Your Nonprofit Career in 7 Days. As usual, awesome career advice that would benefit anyone, even if you aren't working for a nonprofit. (I'm still finding it hard to believe that she's only 24!)

I'm really excited about this new direction and the potential it has for women. I'd love to have you join us or hear what you think about the idea.

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Some Tools for Making Group Blogging (and any Group Writing Project) Easier

A few months ago I wrote that the best blogging strategy for nonprofits may be a group blog, where a number of writers are all contributing to creating posts, rather than relying on a single writer. Now I want to share a few tools that can make a group blog--or any group writing project--even easier.

Writing Posts with Google Docs
Google Docs lets you create and share documents online, which means no more emailing different versions of a document around to several different collaborators. Probably the best way to understand how it works is to watch this latest video from Common Craft--Google Docs in Plain English.

The beauty of Google Docs for blog posting is that you can more easily edit and comment on posts prior to posting on your blog. I have to say that I've begun to use it more and more as I collaborate with other bloggers on various projects and I've found it to be a real God-send.

Organizing and Assigning Posts with Rusty Budget
Rusty Budget is an interesting little online service that allows you to better manage your day-to-day story topics. Basically you can create various story folders to manage story ideas, authors, etc. I suggest checking out their short overview demo to get the full picture. The service is free for one editor and author working together and $4/month to add additional authors. Still a pretty decent bargain if you're going to be coordinating with a lot of different people.

I've started playing around with it and found it reasonably intuitive to use. It's a good place to brainstorm story ideas and make assignments.

Organizing with a Blog Editorial Calendar
Another nice tool is this blogging editorial calendar from Andy Wibbel. It's a spreadsheet that, if you watched the Google Docs video above, you know you could also use online in Google. Could be good to use with your Rusty Budget account, or even in place of it.

So now that you have some tools to get you going, maybe it's time to start talking more seriously about setting up that group blog?


Build Your Free Nonprofit Website with Wetpaint Part Five: Administrative Settings

Build_with_wetpaint_3Today is the last day in our series on how to build a nonprofit website using Wetpaint. In this screencast I give a brief overview of the administrative settings, including adding Google Analytics and setting up a domain name.

As with the past screencasts, you may want to visit the version I have at Screencastomatic, where I've added notes to mark the different segments of the screencast.

I hope that this series was helpful and answered at least some basic questions about using a wiki to set up a nonprofit website. Let me know if you try it and how it works for you.