A few odds and ends that don’t make a whole post in themselves, but are deserving of attention.


Michael Lopp, of Rands in Repose fame, has a great piece on how he uses email. He discusses subject lines, message lengths, and editing, but really what he’s talking about is thoughtfulness, and how one might use an oft-abused medium more elegantly. Definitely worth a few moments of your time.


The Communications Network is an affinity group of foundation communications professionals. Or at least it was until their recent conference, where they announced that they planned to expand their mission, and their membership, to nonprofit communications more generally. As someone who consults with foundations, I’ve been an member of the Network for many years, and have always felt welcomed at its conferences and impressed by the content they share. Expanding the Network seems like a logical next step for the organization, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.


Merlin Mann is thinking about his value as a keynote speaker. As someone who presents trainings, talks and workshops on a wide variety of topics, I found his take on fees, preparation and working with conference organizers illuminating. If you give presentations as part of your working life, or are considering doing so, you should read this post.


Apropos of my last post about App.net, the service appears to have turned a corner with a recent drop in membership price and the release of an extremely polished client from TapBots, called NetBot. Still not much in the way of a nonprofit presence on the service, but it’s starting to seem like App.net might be around for the long haul.


2 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Heath,
    Thanks for the endorsement of our proposed plan to broaden the opportunities for a wide range of people and organizations using communications for the greater good to engage with each other through their involvement in the Communications Nework.

    Like you, we can’t wait either to see how it turns out!

    Bruce Trachtenberg

  2. Sure thing, Bruce. I really like the idea, and I applaud you and the board for being willing to try it.

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