Nonprofit Careerists are Brazen (or, Thanks for Naming Me Brazen Careerist’s Blogger of the Year 2009)

I was honored to be named Brazen Careerist’s Blogger of The Year last week after this post got me nominated with 49 incredible Gen Y bloggers, and after receiving several votes on twitter for this blog.

I am still beyond thrilled to be nominated with such (downright cool) thought-food providers. In fact, after seeing Brazen’s frequently-featured favorites on the nomination list (such as Rebecca Thorman and Grace Boyle), I smiled– felt proud that a nonprofit-focused careerist might have rolled with the best of them for a little while– and tweeted a request for votes with a feeling of satisfaction, but with rather low expectations. After all, this blog is only five months old and, unlike the other 49 bloggers on the list, I focus on nonprofit organizations and experiences within the civic sector.

Along these lines, the power of community and relationship building– two critical elements in nonprofit management– were reinforced through this experience for me.  There’s no doubt that there’s increasing emphasis on engagement, creating connections, and civic responsibility within the private sector, that Gen Y is itching to make a difference, and that often the best solutions to social problems arise when we are sector agnostic. These are topics that frequently arise in this blog, and I’m thrilled that these areas of focus (engagement, relationship-building, and civic responsibility) are trending quickly enough to make this blog brazen and relevant to all careerists. Moreover, I’m excited that my own optimistic take on professional capabilities during the recession is what got me nominated!

Community and relationships were important in this Brazen Careerist contest because, in order to obtain this honor, my communities of friends and followers had to vote. I asked for support and I was absolutely blown away by the response. Pacific Science Center cast a vote my way, and even The University of Chicago Magazine asked alumni for support in my endeavor. I was touched by friends, acquaintances, and strangers alike. Mostly, though, after learning a bit about the folks behind the tweets, I learned that there are many incredible and talented folks reading this blog.

So, I’d like to introduce you to some of my stellar readers who help to keep me open-minded and thinking. These are the folks who voted for me through twitter (including those on both locked and unlocked accounts, and those who voted after the deadline). I know some of these folks personally and I know some of them virtually. There are also a good amount whom I have never met, but since the contest, I’ve looked up their blogs and gotten to know a little bit more about them as well. I’m thrilled to have such a talented group of supporters on twitter!

Thanks again to everyone for voting for this blog in the contest. And for those who didn’t vote, thanks for reading! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all even better in 2010!

Posted on by colleendilen in Blogging, Community Engagement, Generation Y, Nonprofits, Social Change, Social Media 10 Comments

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MPA. Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Research & Development. Nonprofit marketer, Generation Y museum, zoo & aquarium writer/speaker, web engagement geek, data nerd, marathoner, nomad, herbivore

10 Responses to Nonprofit Careerists are Brazen (or, Thanks for Naming Me Brazen Careerist’s Blogger of the Year 2009)

  1. Ryan Paugh

    Congratulations Colleen! You deserved to win this.

    Some people were worried that this contest wouldn’t be based on merit, but I think that someone with a lot of merit definitely came out on top. Best of luck with everything you do in 2010!

    Have a Happy New Year!

    • colleendilen

      Thanks so much, Ryan! Thanks, also, for running the contest!

  2. A.J.

    Congratulations on being named Blogger of the Year! Also, thanks for your vote and the link up top.

    Community engagement and relationship building were major themes for me in 2009 (and continuing into 2010). In this year I’ve seen just how strongly public and private sector intertwine. Connections and opportunities abound.

    Keep up the great posts, and Happy New Year!

    • colleendilen

      A.J.- The shout-outs were well deserved. I hope community engagement and relationship building continue to be a theme in 2010. Thanks for your kind comment.

  3. Joel Santos

    Enjoyed reading about your outlook on education, and social issues. I personally wish I could do volunteer work full time! But unfortunately I haven’t figured out a way to be able to support myself while doing so. I forward to reading more from you!

    • colleendilen

      Joel- I wish I could volunteer full-time, too– but it does sure feel good to work in organizations that are doing great things for social causes!

  4. Grace Boyle

    Colleen, you and your post are so deserving of the best Brazen post of 2009!

    I love the way you focus on non-profit organizations and your distinct voice and experiences sets you apart from others. Leaving your job in May (then writing about it) showed courage and also your ability to step outside of your comfort zone, be honest, but also talk about the future because recessions do end.

    Thanks for the continual inspiration. Happy 2010 :)

    • colleendilen

      Grace- Thanks for commenting here! I appreciate your kind words. I love reading your blog and would like to thank YOU for the continual inspiration!

  5. mjwrites

    You completely deserve the honor, Colleen! I enjoy your blog, your Twitter posts, and value your friendship as a great museum friend! Thank you again for participating on MJ Writes. I look forward to reading more on your blog in 2010!


    • colleendilen

      Megan- I’m so glad that I’ve met such a cool museum buddy via social media. Thanks for the comment and your wonderful support!


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