Their blog featured a daily series of posts by Governor Malloy’s liaison to Connecticut’s nonprofit community, Deb Heinrich, on taking the “SNAP Challenge.” SNAP is Connecticut’s dressed-up name for food stamps, and Heinrich attempted to live on a food budget of $4/day, which just happens to be the average allotment for food for an individual on food stamps in this state. Why? To experience the reality of living on food stamps, as 380,000 Connecticut citizens do every day.
Here’s how Heinrich led off her post on Day 6 of the challenge:
“I am sitting here, staring at the computer with a raging headache, trying to concentrate on what it is I might want to write in today’s journal entry. I’ve had this headache on and off for two days. I’m on the sixth day of the Challenge. I am finding that even when I eat enough so that I don’t feel hungry, I am still not feeling well….”
After reading this series of personal posts, you’ll get it: being hungry and unable to afford decent food exacts a pretty harsh physical and emotional toll, after just a few days. (The press, by the way, picked up the story, too.)
Why blog? For starters, nonprofits can show expertise on issues (and thus shape public opinion), drive traffic to a website, inspire potential donors to give, ensure fresh website content, draw media coverage, enable conversations with supporters, and more.
The most effective blogs draw attention to a cause by packing an emotional punch. It’s that simple. Stories deliver.
Need ideas? Weave these kinds of stories into your blog posts (I’ve included examples from nonprofit orgs):
- Stories from the field (Operation Smile)
- Volunteer stories (with video!) (United Planet)
- Success story (American Diabetes Association)
- Donor story (Walk Now for Autism Speaks)
- Photo blog (The Faces of Haiti, Adventures in Missions)
- Staff reflections (The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
- Behind the scenes ( The Brooklyn Museum)
Photo by Suzi Duke: “Literary Cat”, January 17, 2005, Flikr Creative Commons License Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 Generic