Melinda’s Blog Roll

I definitely do not spend as much time as I would like keeping up with the excellent blogs out there regarding nonprofit advocacy, or at least containing content that is in some way helpful to nonprofit advocates. While I’ve not found anyone writing specifically about social work advocacy (which, really, is a big part of why I write this!), there are so many fantastic people putting forth good information and thought-provoking ideas that I could literally spend hours every day reading their stuff. Except, of course, that I have three kids to raise, a home to maintain, classes to teach, and organizations here to help. So, I take advantage of feed services to have digest versions of several delivered to my inbox and make a point of going through them at least a couple of times a week. Often, something there sparks an idea that leads to something new to include in a class lecture, an idea to try with an organization with which I’m working, or something that I want to share with you all here.

And, while I of course hope that you’ll keep reading here (smile), I thought that some of you may want to see some of the other blogs that I read, so here’s a ‘highlight’ list/blogroll–this is a work in progress, and I expect that I’ll revisit this topic occasionally as I add more. I’d love to hear from others regarding the blogs that you make a point to read regularly, related to organizing or advocacy or nonprofits/social work in general. I’m always looking for new reading! What authors do you find most insightful? Have there been particular posts that you have enjoyed? I’m especially interested in any blogs from nonprofit/public interest lobbyists, because the few lobbying blogs out there are mostly from the perspective of more corporate-minded lobbyists.

A. Fine Blog: Social media and social change

Beth’s blog: Long-running blog on social media and nonprofits

Have Fun Do Good: I’ll admit that I don’t get some of the popular culture references here, but it is a fresh approach to social change and a needed reminder that we have to make our work attractive if we expect others to join us.

Kansas Jackass: They’re on hiatus right now, but this is one of my ‘leisure’ activities–very timely and often hilarious commentary on Kansas politics, from a progressive viewpoint

Social Work Blogs: This isn’t a blog itself but a directory of social work-related blogs, and, while there is relatively little advocacy content on here, I find it a good place to check out what’s going on in the field and, me being me, to raise the advocacy banner with my fellow social workers!

Rosetta Thurman: I SO wish that I actually knew her and that (maybe) she would be my friend…as it is, I just pretend, and read her commentary on nonprofit management, leadership, and young professionals’ roles in nonprofits’ futures. I’m so grateful to my friend and former boss, Ian Bautista, for pointing her out–I read her every day now.

Happy reading, and don’t forget to share your links!

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