Before thedatabank launched the Technology for Change blog and I become a regular author, I wrote a monthly column for our enews called Karen’s Blog. It’s fun to look back over the past few years and see what I was writing about!
March 2011 | Technophobia
I shared a picture of myself taking the new iPad out of its box. Then I confessed to being intimidated by new technology. I have since overcome my fear and skepticism over the iPad, and I love love love it. I also love how our new 2012 Databank user interface looks and works on the touch screen.
March 2010 | Find Out What I Really Look Like
There’s nothing like a face-to-face meeting to answer your questions, hear your ideas, and give you individual attention to help you make the most of your investment in the Databank. That month we were getting ready to go on the road and meet lots of clients in person. The post talked about how important that personal aspect of customer service is at thedatabank – and how much I enjoy it.
March 2009 | Adventures in Social Networking
I had just joined LinkedIn, and was amazed that 20% (ha!) of the people in our in-house database had LinkedIn profiles, according to the social data append service we had just launched. I wrote about the ways I envisioned nonprofits using social profile data: deepening relationships, prospect research, identifying uber-social supporters, and finding out which platforms are most popular among your constituents.
March 2008 | Goin’ to Carolina (not just in my mind), Basin Street Blues, and Snow Day
This one used three of my favorite songs to highlight conferences and events around the US, including a visit to South Carolina – my 50th state! The spring of 2012 again includes many trips: the AFP conference in Vancouver, the NTC in San Francisco, the MCN Technology and Communication conference here in Minneapolis, a local educational event, the Georgia Nonprofit Summit in Atlanta, and the LCV State Capacity Building conference in Portland ME.