FAQ

By 101fundraising • January 26, 2011

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Blog posts

How can I write a great blog post?

Strangely enough and to be honest, we’re not the experts on writing blogs. So please check out the tips and tricks from the real expert: ProBlogger. Thank you Darren Rowse for these great tips!

“Instead of rushing through a post – I find that if I pause at these key moments my post rises to a new level of quality and posts tend to get more traction with readers. They don’t guarantee the perfect post – but they certainly take you a step closer to a good one.

  1. Choosing a Topic – take a little extra time defining your topic and the post will flow better and you’ll develop something that matters to readers.
  2. Crafting Your Post’s Title – perhaps the most crucial part of actually getting readers to start reading your post when they see it in an RSS reader or search engine results page.
  3. The Opening Line – first impressions matter. Once you’ve got someone past your post’s title your opening line draws them deeper into your post.
  4. Your ‘point/s’ (making your posts matter) – a post needs to have a point. If it’s just an intriguing title and opening you’ll get people to read – but if the post doesn’t ‘matter’ to them it’ll never get traction.
  5. Call to Action – driving readers to do something cements a post in their mind and helps them to apply it and helps you to make a deeper connection with them.
  6. Adding Depth – before publishing your post – ask yourself how you could add depth to it and make it even more useful and memorable to readers?
  7. Quality Control and Polishing of Posts – small mistakes can be barriers to engagement for some readers. Spending time fixing errors and making a post ‘look’ good can take it to the next level.
  8. Timing of Publishing Your Post – timing can be everything – strategic timing of posts can ensure the right people see it at the right time.
  9. Post Promotion – having hit publish – don’t just leave it to chance that your post will be read by people. Giving it a few strategic ‘nudges’ can increase the exposure it gets exponentially.
  10. Conversation – often the real action happens once your post is published and being interacted with by readers and other bloggers. Taking time to dialogue can be very fruitful.

Taking extra time at each of these 10 points looks different for me in every post that I do – but I believe that every extra moment spent of these tasks pays off.” (Source: ProBlogger.net)

Can you guarantee my blog post to be published?

No, we cannot guarantee that. The 101fundraising team tries to upholds a certain quality standard, which is hard to describe, but check other posts for comparison. And even if you think your post is good enough, we might think otherwise, or have a different reason not to publish it. We also give priority to fundraisers working for nonprofits. When in doubt, check with the 101fundraising team first, to avoid disappointment.

I’ve submitted my blog post, but it’s not published yet. Why not?

If your blog is approved for publication, we can’t guarantee your blog to be published directly. This has to do with other blogs being submitted first or with current affairs we need to prioritize. We will let you know when it gets published.

Are there any kind of rules I need to bear in mind while blogging or commenting?

Yes, we have set up a short list of obvious and logical rules. You can read them on the Join page.

There is an inappropriate comment added to one of the blog posts. What to do?

Thank you for letting us know asap. Please send us an e-mail with a link to the comment.

What kind of topic should I blog on?

Try scrolling through the categories and tags that are already published to get an idea of what is already posted. Always try blogging on your own fundraising specialty! What learnings do you have from your latest campaign that you’d like to share with the rest of the crowdblogging community? Or perhaps something that is bothering you, so we can all improve our fundraising programs?

Why is there a minimum word count of 450 words for my blog posts?

We think that a minimum word count will improve the quality of the blog posts.

Can I publish my posts elsewhere as well?

We want first publishing exclusivity, so your blog post can’t be published anywhere else already. Obviously, it is possible to publish your blog post somewhere else after we have published it at 101fundraising. Then, please add to your blog post that it “has been published prior on 101fundraising – Crowdblog on Fundraising”, with a link to our crowdblog.

Where do I submit my blog?

If you want to participate in this crowdblog, just send us an  email. After your first blog post has been approved by the 101fundraising team you will receive your own login and password, so you can submit your next blog posts directly into our back-office.

From what categories can I choose to put my blog post in?

The following categories are available to choose from: acquisition, campaigns, communication, corporate, database, donor service, events, high value donors, human resources, individuals, legacies, loyalty, new media, strategy, upgrade. You can pick a maximum of 3 categories. If you don’t know which category your blog post belongs to, please use ‘uncategorized’. The 101fundraising team reserves the right to change your blog post to a more appropriate category.


Bloggers

Where do I subscribe as blogger?

If you want to participate in this crowdblog send us an  email. After your first blog post has been approved by the 101fundraising team you will receive your own login and password, so you can submit your next blog posts directly into our back-office.

Can I participate as blogger?

Sure you can! But you just need to follow some rules, which you can check here.

Are the bloggers representing an organization?

No, the opinions expressed here are those of the bloggers and do not necessarily reflect the positions of their employers or the 101fundraising team.

Do I need to upload a picture in my profile?

It’s not required, but we do recommend it! Underneath your blog posts you’ll find a small bloggers profile and it simply looks better if you upload a picture of yourself.


RSS feed

How can I follow 101fundraising by e-mail?

You can get new blog posts easily delivered in your inbox if you subscribe to our email subscription.

Fill in your emailaddress in the “Connect with us” area in the sidebar and subscribe by e-mail.

How can I follow 101fundraising by RSS feed?

Simply click the below button to subscribe to our RSS feed.
RSS feed for all blog posts!

 


Twitter

How can I follow 101fundraising on Twitter?

You can simply connect to our @101fundraising account on Twitter. You can also follow the individual 101fundraising team members @101reinier and @beelies, or even all bloggers if you connect to the specific Twitter list.

Where can I find the 101fundraising Twitter lists?

Just click here to see all available Twitter lists. We have lists following Dutch charities, suppliers and events, and international charities and suppliers. We also have a specific list following all bloggers on 101fundraising.

How do I use the 101fundraising Twitter lists?

There are various ways to use the Twitter lists:

  • Twitter: click on one of the links on our Twitter page, this will open the list in Twitter. Choose for Follow this list and you are subscribed.
    To read the tweets from the list, go to List on your Twitter homepage and choose the list you want to read. All the tweets within this list will be displayed. You are able to retweet or reply to them.
  • HootSuite: first follow the lists in Twitter (see instructions above). Now you can display the list in HootSuite, by clicking Add stream, Lists, select your own profile and choose for subscribed lists. Now a column will be created with the tweets from the list. You are able to retweet or reply to them.
  • TweetDeck: Click on the + symbol (add column), select Groups/list, type the group list (eg. 101fundraising/nl-charities) and Add. A column will be created with the tweets from the list. You are able to retweet or reply to them.
  • Flipboard: Choose for Add section, Add a custom section. Fill in the name from the list, so eg. @101fundraising/nl-charities. The list will be displayed and after clicking on the list the section in Flipboard will be created. Now you are able to read the tweets in Flipboard.

Can I add my Twitter account to one of the 101fundraising Twitter lists?

It’s not our intention to be complete, but if you can think your Twitter account is missing let us know! We might add it.

What does the ^ symbol mean in your tweets?

That’s how we describe who from the 101fundraising team is tweeting: ^RS stands for Reinier Spruit and ^JB stands for Jeroen Beelen.


Facebook

How can I follow 101fundraising on Facebook?

If you “ like” our 101fundraising page on Facebook the new blog posts will automatically be entered in your own timeline. Tweet updates will not be shown in your timeline by the way. Click here to check out our Facebook page.


LinkedIn

How can I follow 101fundraising on LinkedIn?

You can join our LinkedIn group called 101fundraising. It’s an open group, so please join the crowd. New blog posts will be feeded into the group as well as our tweets. Click here to check out our 101fundraising LinkedIn group.


Blogroll

How do I use the Recommended Blogs Reader?

All the blogs listed on the Blogroll page and marked with (reader) are listed in our Recommended Blogs Reader. Simply check the reader to stay up to date of all these blogs!

Can I add my fundraising blog to your Recommended Blogs Reader?

The blogs included in the Reader are currently the favorites of the 101fundraising team. It´s not likely your fundraising blog will be included unless you pay us enormous sums of money…

Can I add my fundraising blog to your blogroll?

It’s not our intention to be complete, but if you can think of a blog that’s missing let us know! We might add it.


About 101fundraising

Why should I blog?

Blogging allows you to share your fundraising expertise, insights and knowledge! Show your professional network what you are worth! Wanna blog? Check out Join.

What does ‘101fundraising’ mean?

The 101 in 101fundraising stands for 101 ideas on fundraising. The number 101 (like 1001) is often used to express “many” or “a lot”. E.g. thousand and one night, a thousand and one questions or thousand and one things…

What is a crowdblog?

A crowdblog is a blogging platform that is used by multiple bloggers to publish their blog posts. There are plenty of fundraisers who want to blog once in a while, but don’t have time to run their own blog. That’s why we’ve created this crowdblog, which is a blog waiting for your blog. Check out how you can join!

Who is the 101fundraising team?

Back in 2011 Reinier Spruit and Jeroen Beelen founded 101fundraising. Over the year the voluntary team has expanded with Sarah Clifton, Marjolein van de Paverd, Victor van de Veen, Elsbeth Takkenberg and Rebecca Davies. Check out more info on the About page.

Management and ownership will be handed over to The Resource Alliance as per 1 January 2017.

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