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Today, I'm posting my 5000th post to the TechSoup Community Forum.
In 2001 or so, while living in Germany and working for the UN Volunteers program, I started participating in the then newly-launched TechSoup online community. In fact, you can see an early version of that community on the Internet Wayback machine. And I've stuck around ever since - I might take a break for a few months, or even several months, but somehow, I always end up back here.
Online communities were my primary Internet activity probably a full year before I started using any web sites back in the 1990s. I blogged about all these various communities here. For me, the Internet's value has always been in the opportunity for ongoing engagement. And helping nonprofits use tech has been something I've tried to do since I first stumbled upon the soc.org.nonprofit USENET newsgroup back in 1994 - and help and guidance through online communities by others has been how I've been able to learn about and to use new tech for the benefit of mission-based programs. Once the TechSoup community came along, it felt like a natural fit.
So, this is a thank you to TechSoup for creating and sustaining this platform, and a thank you to all of the many people who have contributed to this forum over the years. It's always going to be a virtual home for me. I hope my 5000 posts have helped others, and I hope that I'll be able to post 5000 or so more posts that are helpful.
And I encourage you, especially if you never have, to post to the forum yourself - post a question, post about how your nonprofit is using Instagram, post about how you use Google Drive, post about how you engage volunteers online, post a link to one of your YouTube videos and note how and why you created it, post about how tech has an hasn't helped during the global pandemic, and on and on.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
CONGRATULATIONS JAYNE !!!!
Most of us on the forum moderator crew are Techsoup veterans but no one else comes close to 5000 posts.
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