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For those doing digital strategy work, including written or multimedia content for nonprofit websites, social media, and e-newsletters. This group is for those digital communications folks who create written or multimedia content for websites, social media, and e-newsletters for nonprofits. Members will discuss topics such as social media trends, digital analytics, developing content, storytelling, planning and resources, content strategy, and more.

Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

  • 1.  Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 25, 2017 19:50
    Hello, nonprofit tech community!

    For Halloween, we were thinking it'd be fun to do a "skeletons in your closet" piece: pictures of your horrifying tech practice.

    It could be your messy desk, a cluttered computer desktop, wires going every which way in the server room, or bad digital infrastructure (folders within folders within folders or an out-of-control inbox or...)

    You can post pics/screenshots in reply here or email them to me at erin@nten.org with "Halloween post" in the subject, by 3pm PT Monday the 30th. We'll do a short blog piece using those and also use it as a jumping off point on Twitter, etc.

    And don't worry: NTEN staff will be sharing our own spooky messes, too, in solidarity.

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    Erin Doherty
    Digital Engagement Manager
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    Portland, OR
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  • 2.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 26, 2017 09:02
    Love this idea!!

    When we switched to standing desks, I had to move everything on top of my desk. The price for having a nice standing desk is this unsightly mess everyday... (friends added for effect)


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    Lisa Rupple
    Communications Officer
    Community Foundation of Lorain County
    Elyria, OH
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  • 3.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 26, 2017 12:13
    @Lisa Rupple, that is so scary/cute!

    I regularly think about this pic of NTEN's Development Manager Eileigh and the haunted printer: https://www.facebook.com/nten.org/photos/a.10150401704605310.405041.64888100309/10152385869300310/?type=3&theater.

    Woman sitting a pile of printer paper that has spilled all over the floor from a printer. She is pouting.

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    Bethany Lister
    Community Engagement Manager
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    bethany@nten.org
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  • 4.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 26, 2017 14:00
    Ha, that's awesome, thanks! 

    👻



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    Erin Doherty
    Digital Engagement Manager
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    Portland, OR
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  • 5.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 27, 2017 10:11
    I've got a cable drawer. A very poorly organized cable drawer.



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    Emilio Arocho
    Director, Technology and Digital Strategy
    Food and Drug Law Institute
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  • 6.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 30, 2017 09:59
    There is ALWAYS a cat on my desk. Even as I read this thread! Luckily I work in animal welfare so folks usually understand why my emails end with aoiudrpaeioafh;asjdkn;kd;;;;;;;dafdafrerwr3444

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    Shelby Parsons
    Communications Manager
    Mississippi Spay and Neuter
    Jackson MS
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  • 7.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 30, 2017 17:27
    @Shelby Parsons, love, love, love those pics! My kitties definitely haunt my keyboard when I'm working from home.

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    Bethany Lister
    Community Engagement Manager
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    bethany@nten.org
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  • 8.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

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    Posted Oct 30, 2017 19:12
    Here is a pic of my super fancy setup when I need to record a video. That is an empty dog food container on the top of my standing desk so the camera gets closer to eye level for me. Important to note this is my entire "office" as a remote employee and (connecting to the theme) I store it in the closet at the end of each day :-)


    Image of my setup when I need to record video at my standing desk.

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    Ash Shepherd
    Education Director
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    ash@nten.org
    503.272.8736
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  • 9.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 30, 2017 23:59
    I loved reading the answers to Erin's question, and can't wait to see the blog post!

    bj
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  • 10.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 31, 2017 08:49
    My son's desk

    My daughter's


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    Ariel Jensen-Vargas
    Digital Strategist at Fountain House College Re-Entry

    MPA Nonprofit Management candidate
    Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College
    Long Island City NY United States
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  • 11.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 31, 2017 14:10
    Here we go!
    https://www.nten.org/article/terrifying-tales-nonprofit-tech/
    Thanks to everyone for a great thread - keep 'em coming!

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    Erin Doherty
    Digital Engagement Manager
    Nonprofit Technology Network
    Portland, OR
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  • 12.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 31, 2017 14:21

    Too funny Erin! Thanks for sharing...made my afternoon!

     

    Deb Van Zegeren

    Information Technology Manager

     

    Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation

    PO Box 374

    Birmingham, MI  48012-0374

    Office 1:  248.644.9014, Extension 1

    Fax:  248.233.3770

    Email:  debra@clfoundation.org

    Web:  www.clfoundation.org

     




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  • 13.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 31, 2017 15:42
    Love the article! PS Yesterday I closed about 20 tabs. This means I'm down to a mere 30 open tabs

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    Kai Williams
    Executive Director
    The IWRC
    Eugene, OR
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  • 14.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Oct 31, 2017 20:23
    I tried to manage my horrible amount of tabs by dumping "important" links into Asana. Now I keep snoozing that Tabs task every day and have just as many other open tabs to replace the ones I put into Asana. Totally didn't solve my problem. It's frightening, even!



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  • 15.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Nov 01, 2017 09:16

    The public shame of seeing my office clutter in that article has led me to setting a date on my calendar to do a major clean-up/clean-out/organize/purge – November 15. Stay tuned for New Leaf photo.

     

    In my own defense for "What scariness lurks behind the caged door, I have a big event next week so I'll give myself grace.

     

    Tara Collins

    Director of Communications & Resource Development, RUPCO, Inc.

     

     

     




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  • 16.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Nov 01, 2017 09:40
    For what it's worth, I find One Tab extension useful! 

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  • 17.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Nov 01, 2017 11:44

    Happy to hear I'm not the only person with a tabs problem. I use a Chrome extension called One Tab to help me manage my addiction. With one click, it changes all your tabs to links and puts them on a single webpage. It's handy, but last time I checked, I had 1,697 links. I guess follow up is key.

     

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    Digital Content Manager

    TESOL International Association

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  • 18.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Nov 01, 2017 12:29
    @Bethany Lister I may have stashed at least half those tabs in Asana with tags related to the topic and a learning tag. But​ I didn't put due dates on them. My theory is I'll be able to find them when I'm ready to do that learning. We'll see how it goes......:p but it sure does contribute to my never ending Asana task list!  Thank goodness for Sections (now if I'd just keep things organized in them)

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    Kai Williams
    Executive Director
    The IWRC
    Eugene, OR
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  • 19.  RE: Skeletons in your (tech) closet!

    Posted Nov 02, 2017 11:26
    Left shoulder angel: We should definitely clean out and organize your inbox.
    Right shoulder devil: But why? You can just search and find anything you want!

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    I will never, ever be at Inbox Zero.

    Maybe I'll set a goal to get to Inbox Three Digits.




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    Kara Potter
    Missouri State Teachers Association
    Columbia, MO
    Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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