I think our digital presence has organic character. A way to breathe and feel human and connected. At best, our online “self” is dynamic and curious and a bit of a kook, just like real life.
A year ago, I started to consult, mainly curating appeals for non-profits. I was a newbie on LinkedIn, had my first web site, and planned to blog. I admit putting it far off on the horizon. The as yet unwritten blog would be a public report. Showing new knowledge, sharing some moves.
It horrified me to start blogging. It seemed indulgent and a little fake.
I have a more rational and affectionate relationship with my blog now. I’d like to give it a better name — something true to my merged souls: runner, non-profit maniac, asker of donations, innovation enthusiast, urbanist. The name will emerge. For now, we had to make a move.
Away from Blogger, though I am fond of it, into WordPress. Crisper, easier to manage, better integrated with my site.
I almost didn’t realize that the old skin was holding me back. The new Gina Schmeling Fundraising can adapt and grow. I know non-profits, and I know how to raise money. I hope these online facets of my work move us along together.
For blogging individuals or organizations, I challenge you to ask if your blog has a spark of you. Something innate and real. Something that makes you see yourself as you are.
My first offering here is a social media how-to series. For non-profits and the individuals who love them. LinkedIn will be first, then Facebook and Twitter. As my life-long friend Maurie would say, more soon.