Changes - a new direction for the Wild Apricot Blog

Lori Halley 16 September 2010 13 comments

Since launching in 2006, Wild Apricot's mission has been to help non-profits, small associations, and other member-driven organizations with their technology challenges through our software, and also by sharing useful information through this blog.  The blog has evolved over the years to reflect the trends of the time and the interests of the community.  When our beloved "Curious Apricot" Rebecca Leaman joined us at the beginning of 2008, she brought a dedication to unearthing the latest web technology news and putting it in a context that non-profit leaders could understand and act on to make their organizations better. We subsequently added additional blogs: "Behind the Scenes at Wild Apricot" chronicles our membership software development; and our most recent addition, "Association Ideas," is focused on helping volunteer-driven association leaders with their technology challenges.  We also have a Wild Apricot News page where we post occasional stories about our media coverage and other happenings with the company.

As we created each of these blogs, each had a slightly different purpose – in theory – but lots of overlap in practice. We soon realized we'd created a lot more complexity, both for ourselves and for our community. For example, which blog would you look to for a discussion about website development best practices for your organization? Well, it could be any of them! We've also realized that the non-profit and association communities have a lot in common, as far as their interest and experience with Internet technology goes, and could benefit greatly from more "cross-pollination" in this area.

As a result of this, after some careful consideration, we've decided to fold our other blogs and have just one: the Wild Apricot Blog, covering a range of technology subjects of interest (we hope!) to non-profit and association leaders. The blog will include a bit more content about Wild Apricot software and news than it has in the recent past, but we'll definitely continue to look beyond our own walls to help you simplify life for yourself and your members, volunteers, and supporters.

Also, as near as we can tell, Rebecca spends every waking minute investigating new technology and blogging about it, but she actually has a lot of projects on the go besides Wild Apricot. As a result we've been talking to her about dialing back her posting frequency, to help her protect her sanity and get some occasional sleep. But don't worry, Rebecca-fans, she's not going away completely for a while -- she just won't be blogging at the same frenetic pace as she has in the past. You'll also start to see some new Apricots (including myself) contributing more regularly.

We're very proud of the body of work that Rebecca has created on this blog, and we want to continue providing valuable information for this amazing community of readers, commenters, and social media sharers. We definitely appreciate any comments you have and hope to continue hearing from you as we go forward.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 16 September 2010 at 12:40 PM

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Comments

  • Karen Lubieniecki said:

    Thursday, 16 September 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Hope you won't ramp back too much or include too much product info -- Rebecca's blog is a great sales tool for WA because it says you really know what you're doing -- and are making your users lives better.  We pas it along frequently, and get very good feedback.

  • Bruce Potter said:

    Thursday, 16 September 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Next to Tech Soup, this is the best non-profit technology blog I know -- miles ahead of others, including some (one name rhymes with rotten) that I pay for. Bless Rebecca and don't get too consumed in bean counting.

  • Cherita Smith said:

    Thursday, 16 September 2010 at 1:58 PM

    You're not going to get rid of Association Jam, are you? I guess it's technically not a blog... but it has a lot of good resources!

  • Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

    Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 16 September 2010 at 4:41 PM

    @Karen & @Bruce - your points are understood and well taken!

    @Cherita - AssociationJam.org is alive and well and we will continue to maintain it and hopefully keep growing its community!

  • Carol B said:

    Friday, 17 September 2010 at 5:11 AM

    Rebecca rocks! Your blog and tweets are incredibly useful. Thank you!

  • Minal Bopaiah said:

    Friday, 17 September 2010 at 6:24 AM

    Glad to hear Rebecca is finally going to get some occasional sleep! And that Wild Apricot is compiling all of its very helpful info into one blog--it's going to be a lot easier to search!

    Keep up the great work!

  • Elizabeth Cottrell said:

    Friday, 17 September 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Sounds like you're working smarter instead of harder. Your fans will adapt, and it's clear your heart is on the side of providing value, and that won't change. Most of us who get jillions of emails might find that we're not unhappy with reduced frequency from one we never want to miss.

  • Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

    Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] said:

    Friday, 17 September 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Thank you Elizabeth!

  • Michelle said:

    Saturday, 18 September 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Rebecca's blog posts are so helpful to my work in the non-profit sector, she's the best!

  • jay said:

    Tuesday, 21 September 2010 at 7:50 AM

    I know this is the wrong place to put this question. Trying to catch up on what I've missed w/ Wild Apricot improvements.

    Does your standard blog widget or feature allow tagging yet for SEO purposes???

    j

  • Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

    Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 21 September 2010 at 8:15 AM

    @Jay - I am not 100% sure what you mean, please email our tech support.

  • Debra Askanase said:

    Monday, 27 September 2010 at 6:38 PM

    I agree with @Elizabeth - sounds like a smart, strategic move of your part. One suggestion - tag them so that I can subscribe to certain tags by RSS? I do love all things Apricot, but of course Rebecca's posts on social web technology are amongst the best on the world wide web!

    Best of luck in the new incarnation; I'll continue to read about all of the Wild Apricot musings and news. And of course, I'm thrilled that Rebecca may actually get some sleep now!

    @askdebra

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 9:59 AM

    @Debra -- thanks for the suggestion, we'll have to think about this because as I noted a lot of the categorization we'd been doing in the past has become a bit blurry, which is a big part of why we've made this change. But your point is a good one (particularly about Rebecca!) and we'll consider how we might implement multiple feeds like this.

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