Blogging the Cause: Tips to Help you Work Faster, Write Better and Score More Readers

cause blogging

Last month, I wrote a post for Hubspot titled 5 Ways Blogging Can Advance Your Nonprofit Career (and 3 Ways to Get Started). I heard from several people who agreed that blogging would be a great way to advance their nonprofit careers. But they wanted more information on the tools I use to blog so consistently - and on the good days - so effectively.

Here's the list. What tools would you add to it?

Tools for Brainstorming Blog Ideas

1. Twitter. I'm always on Twitter perusing for good things to write about. I find plenty of things to write about in my general feed, but I also search on specific hashtags for content ideas. For example, when I wanted to write on Beacon Technology, I created a hashtag search in Tweetdeck to follow the action and find relevant posts.

2. Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator. Once I have a general idea of what I want to write about, I plug the subject into Hubspot's Blog Topic Generator and get a week's worth of blog topics. Check out what I got when I asked about blog topic ideas for "charity pinups."

hubspot blog topic generator

Tools to Organize Your Ideas

3. GetPocket.com. When I find something interesting that I want to keep for later, I save it to Pocket. The Pocket bookmarklet for Chrome makes it super easy to save anything I want. I have a tag for just "blog ideas."

4. Dropbox. When my ideas have files, I store everything in Dropbox, including PowerPoints, pdfs, Word Docs, photos, etc.  is one of the best spots to store and share things like pdfs, Word Docs, design files, photos, and more.

Tools to Help You Write Faster, Easier

5. MarsEdit. MarsEdit is a desktop blog editing application for the Mac. I love it because I don't have to be online to write and edit my blog posts. Once I'm finished, I can send the post to my online blogging platform.

6. Grammerly. Grammerly claims that it makes you a better writer by finding and correcting 
up to 10× more mistakes than your word processor. I'm not sure about 10x more mistakes, but Grammerly has saved my butt many times. Recently when I didn't use it, I had an embarrassing error in one of my post. Enough said. Use Grammerly or something like it.

Tools to Create Blog Visuals

7. Canva. Best. Find. Ever. I love Canva! Not only is it useful for creating visual content, but it's just fun to use. I feel like a professional creating slides, blog graphics, Twitter headers, etc. My next goal is to create my first infographic in Canva.

An example of my work with Canva!

An example of my work with Canva!

Tools to Distribute Your Content

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Ep108: How a Hospital Grew Its Cause Marketing from Zero to $750,000

Ep108: How a Hospital Grew Its Cause Marketing from Zero to $750,000

Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Joe Hamlin, Director, Corporate Development at Cleveland Clinic about the growth of the hospital's cause marketing program from zero to $750,000.

The growth of the program is impressive in light of the clinic's small cause marketing staff, which also handles sponsorships and traditional corporate giving - among other things.

The two-person team - Joe and senior director Chris McMahan - are a formidable duo (think Batman and Robin)!

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Ep107: How One Nonprofit Raises Millions with Charity Pinups

Ep107: How One Nonprofit Raises Millions with Charity Pinups

Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Clark Sweat, Chief Corporate Partnership Officer at Children's Miracle Network (CMN)

Clark oversees 85 corporate partnerships that raised $205 million in 2014. Ninety percent of those dollars come from point-of-sale programs. And 50 percent of that money comes from just one POS program: charity pinups!

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10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2014 [Podcast + Post]

10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2014 [Podcast + Post]

In December, Selfish Giving celebrated its 10th anniversary. For almost as long as I’ve been blogging, I’ve been writing an annual post on the best cause marketing promotions. 

I love writing this post because you love reading it! It always ignites a lot of interest in cause marketing.

Every year, I choose cause marketing promotions that are both successful and aspirational.

Which one is your favorite? Did your favorite promotion make my list, or did I pass it over? I'd love to hear from you!

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Best Cause Marketing Posts of 2014

Best Cause Marketing Posts of 2014

I can't believe it's already the end of 2014! But I'm having fun looking ahead to 2015 - and looking back at the successes and challenges of the past year. So much accomplished, but so much more left to do!

I wrote dozens of posts on my blog this past year, and I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. I wrote many more posts for other sites that are definitely worth checking out.

Here are the top ten cause marketing posts from my blog in 2014. 

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