Winning the Internet

New Year’s resolutions, Winning the Internet style

After a great run, the Winning the Internet blog has been retired. However, you can still keep in touch with New Media Mentors here.

Well, it’s a new year! Yes, it’s an opportunity to finally get those abs you’ve always wanted, but it’s also an opportunity to become a stronger online organizer and create more change than ever before.

Fresh from maternity leave I’ve been thinking about how we can make this our most successful year yet, and I’ve decided that setting some new year’s resolutions is a great place to start.

Why not join me and set a resolution or two for yourself? I’ve tried to make it easy by compiling some great resources for some of the most needed resolutions.

Online organizing resolutions

Be more strategic
If you spent hours and hours on social media last year but you’re not sure what you actually got out of it, learning to be more strategic is a must. Being more strategic means always knowing how that campaign, post, blog entry or email is getting your organization closer to its long-term goals. Check out these resources:

Be more productive
We all have more work than we can possibly do. So, how do we squeeze a little more out of the time we do have? Check out the productivity tools linked to below.

Also, think about checking out the strategy links above. In my experience one of the most powerful things that comes out of working strategically is the ability to kill projects that suck time and don’t get you closer to your goals.

Learn to jump on opportunities
Have good ideas, but find that your organization often moves too slowly to make the most of them? This post is a great place to start.

Be more appealing to your supporters
Supporters respond best when you tailor your communications to their specific interests, location, situation, etc. Why not make some time in 2014 to really look at how your supporters have been engaging with your organization and use that to your advantage?

Get educated

If you find that you have big hopes, dreams and ideas but aren’t always able to execute them, this one’s for you! Take a couple of minutes today to think about trainings, webinars and conferences you’d like to attend in 2014.

If a conference is your style, Netroots Nation 2014 will feature 40 training sessions, given by the most incredible practitioners in the field. If you’re looking for more sustained learning, check out our New Media Mentors program.

If neither of these opportunities are your cup of tea, keep digging! There are other amazing training opportunities out there – you just have to know what you’re looking for and take a couple of minutes to actually look. Just don’t forget to plan for taking what you’ve learned and actually applying it to your work. This may sound obvious, but I’ve found that most of us struggle with this when learning.

Working on any other interesting resolutions? Feel free to share them in the comments!


About Melissa Foley

Melissa is the Director of Training and Mentoring for Netroots Foundation and New Media Mentors. She aims to use her MBA + nonprofit background to teach organizations to use new media tools strategically.

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