What I’ve learned from 10 years of blogging

Ten years ago I became a blogger.

I realize that’s not very interesting to anyone but myself — even though in blog years, it’s sort of like celebrating your bicentennial. But I’ve learned a few things from ten years of blogging, and that might interest you:

What I’ve learned


  • Writing what you know helps you know what you write. In work like ours, you have to keep a lot of principles in your head. We all know a lot of things. Writing about those things for ten years means having to go a step beyond knowing.
  • Having a monster to feed is terrifying, but good. Having a blog is like having a pet sasquatch. There are moments of high terror when the duties of your “real” job seem to crowd out writing anything at all. But that’s what makes it work: No sane person would sit down and write several thousand short articles about fundraising. Only a blogger would do that!
  • People who care about fundraising are civil and incredibly generous. I’ve met — online and in person — and lot of my fellow bloggers, and their most salient feature is generosity — of advice, help, and spirit. And maybe more amazing, I’ve had trollish behavior show up only two or three times in the ten years. What is it about our profession? We should be proud.

Prehistory of this blog

Before September 26, 2009, I blogged at Donor Power Blog. It has since gone dormant, but you can still find it in a weird, truncated form, thousands of posts without a purpose but still possible to read. Google it.

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6 responses to “What I’ve learned from 10 years of blogging”

  1. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary, Jeff. I’ve been blogging since 2011 at DonorDreams blog, and when I started, I did a little research on what good bloggers do. One piece of advice I uncovered was that good bloggers read other good bloggers for inspiration. So, I’ve been reading you for the last four years, and I’m always impressed when I open your stuff every day. Keep up the great work. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all.

  2. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary, Jeff. I’ve been blogging since 2011 at DonorDreams blog, and when I started, I did a little research on what good bloggers do. One piece of advice I uncovered was that good bloggers read other good bloggers for inspiration. So, I’ve been reading you for the last four years, and I’m always impressed when I open your stuff every day. Keep up the great work. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all.

  3. I remember reading you at Donor Power… not to scare you or anything. Followed you daily here forever, and it never stops being one of the best things I do every day. I manage to complete a weekly piece, with a fair amount of lost hair. So I bow to your ability to give us something every day! Thank you and congratulations!

  4. I remember reading you at Donor Power… not to scare you or anything. Followed you daily here forever, and it never stops being one of the best things I do every day. I manage to complete a weekly piece, with a fair amount of lost hair. So I bow to your ability to give us something every day! Thank you and congratulations!

  5. Jeff, We are lucky to have you and your blog! Joe

  6. Jeff, We are lucky to have you and your blog! Joe

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