Association Bloggers Share Their Favorite Posts of 2010, Part 2
In case you missed the first installment, Association Bloggers Share Their Favorite Posts of 2010, Part 1, included some of the best association blog posts of 2010 – I asked several of the association world’s favorite bloggers to share which posts of their own they especially enjoyed from 2010.
What follows is part 2 of “Association Bloggers Share Their Favorite Posts of 2010,” which includes a series of links to their favorite posts and why they made such an impact. Enjoy these memorable blog posts from four amazing bloggers I follow every week.
A Community Model
Reid All About It
Author: Deirdre Reid
I love being inspired by the unlikely, finding strange parallels between my world and a world, like prisons, that's outside my usual bubble, and writing about it. This post discusses community and transformation – concepts woven into many of my posts this year both on my blog, Reid All About It, and on SmartBlog Insights.
We’re still wrestling with issues of community and membership, what they mean to us and how we value them. The long comment thread on Joe Flowers’ recent post shows we have lots of divergent ideas about this. That’s exciting. For many, the old ways are just fine. For some of us, we want something more. I’m still figuring out what that “more” is. As a freelance writer who works with and loves the association industry, my “more” now might be different than what it would have been if I were still an association director. What does my ideal association community look and feel like? That’s my unanswered question, and I bet it’s shared by many of our members.
Only Xers Care About Work/Life Balance
The Hourglass Blog
Author: Eric Lanke
Why is it my favorite?
Because my readers helped me refine my idea and learn something valuable. The original post proposed the idea that the three generations all have different approaches to the issue of work/life balance. Boomers make their work their life, aligning their personal pursuits with their careers. Millennials make their life their work, searching for ways to turn their personal pursuits into their careers. Leaving Xers the only ones conflicted over work/life balance, always seeking equally rewarding but SEPARATE personal and professional lives. Through a lively discussion in the comments section to that post, where issues related to generational stereotyping and the impact of life stages came to the fore, I was able to reposition my thinking and describe the three approaches outside of the generational lens I had initially given them. There are, ultimately, just three ways of dealing with work/life balance: (1) Get a good job and make it your passion; (2) Find your passion and make it your job; and (3) Get a good job and pursue your passion in your free time. Whatever generation you are, the commenters and I seem to agree that number two is the best way to go.
What remains unanswered?
How? Finding your passion and making it your job is easier to do when you know what your passion is from an early age (something many Millennials seem to be doing). There are many people now in the middle of the careers (mostly Generation X) who have come to a late understanding of their true passion, or who have been trying to pursue their passion on the side as part of their separate personal lives. How can these people redirect and reorient both their professional and personal lives to bring both into greater concordance with their passions? It’s a journey I’m on, and I’d love to hear the experiences of others who have traveled or want to travel the same road.
Reinvention, not relevance
Principled Innovation Blog
Author: Jeff De-Cagna
Why is it your favorite?
"Favorite" may be a strong word, but it is the post I wrote during 2010 that best articulates some of the significant issues holding back associations from reaching their full potential.
What remains unanswered about your post’s topic? Are there any lingering questions/thoughts you have connected to that post?
I wrote this post nine months ago. Now it's 2011, and associations are still trying to figure out how to remain relevant, and it is still the wrong conversation. In a world of unprecedented and highly complex problems, relevance does not create distinctive value for 21st century association stakeholders. Why do I need a "relevant" association, when I've got a global knowledge base that is largely free or low cost, growing rapidly and available at my fingertips, as well as a vibrant network of social connections that I can access easily for help? Associations need to be better than relevant. Associations need to be meaningful. Associations need to help their stakeholders solve the complex problems they face today, and help them create a more vibrant future. Now is the time for associations to reinvent themselves for a radically different world. Why are we waiting?
Now is not the time for fear. Now is the time for courage, optimism and confident action.
Has ASAE Lost Its Mojo?
Author: Maddie Grant
This post is my favorite because it's the one where I took the biggest risk and laid myself out openly and honestly and emotionally from my personal viewpoint as a longstanding member of ASAE. And somehow in doing that I managed to tap into the zeitgeist of the moment and speak for a lot of people; I really didn't know before this post that I could do that. This post gave me the biggest reward, in the form of starting a massive online and offline conversation about change and value. The post was strong enough to draw out many people who could be considered lurkers on my blog - people who felt compelled to add their thoughts for the first time. I appreciate those people so much and it was an all too rare opportunity to hear them speak - I value all of their opinions and comments (both pro and con!).