5 tips to make the most out of taking part in Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day 2013

October brings Blog Action Day, which this year will focus the world's attention on the important topic of human rights. This is an ideal opportunity for Kabissa members working in Africa on human rights to tell your stories and showcase your successes and challenges in defending them in your communities. Click here for details on how to participate, and email us with your ideas. 

5 tips to make the most out of taking part in Blog Action Day

(source: Karina Brisby post on Blog Action Day website

Blog Action Day 2013 is almost here. Below are some top tips we have learnt over the years to make the most out of your involvement.  If you have additional tips add them in the comments section of Karina's post.

1. Blog Action Day Don’t forget to take part.

Put a reminder in your calendar for October 16, 2013 to make your blog post live on Blog Action Day.

Every year lots of people forget to add their post, so put a reminder in your calendar now and set your alarm or reminder to alert you to take part in Blog Action Day.

In addition, you may want to join our Facebook or Google+ events for October 16 as an extra reminder.

2. Prepare you Blog Action Day post in advance.

We are all very busy people, but if you leave your Blog Action Day post until the last moment, you may run out of time.

By having your post ready a couple of days before October 16, you give yourself lots of time to follow the live coverage or  look at other participants posts. Most importantly you get your post done.

3. Make your post easy to find. Tag your post.

Most Blog Action Day participants use WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr to host their blogs. These systems like nearly all other blogging systems have a section called Tags or Labels which allows you to attach keywords to your post that help search engines find your content more easily.

We suggest that you add the following tags #BAD13#OCT16#Humanrights#BlogActionDay alongside any other terms that would describe your post content in these sections

If you are unsure how to use tags or labels, here is a great explanation of how to use them and from the parenting blog network MumsNet.

4. Promote your post.

When you have posted your Blog Action Day to your blog on October 16, make sure your tell your friends and the Blog Action Day Team about it.

If you use social media networks like TwitterFacebookOrkut or Google+, tell the people in your network that you have taken part in Blog Action Day and that you would like them to read and comment on your blog.

Here is a suggested status update you could use.

“I’ve just posted my #BlogActionDay post on #HumanRights on [yourwebsitelink] take a look & leave a comment #BAD13″

The Blog Action Day team will be able to search for most blogs and related content, but to make sure we don’t miss yours, tweet us at @blogactionday or via our live coverage widget that will be on the front page of our website.

5.  Read other Blog Action Day posts and take part in the discussion.

One of the best things about Blog Action Day is that you make connections with amazing blogs that you might not usually come across.

Follow the live coverage on October 16, on blogactionday.org and our social media profiles to find out about other participant posts. If you like someone’s Blog Action Day post why not leave a comment and share it via social networks.

Advocacy and Knowledge Management: Empowering & Building Capacity of the target people

Everyone knows that Knowledge is the main key of success. For an effective organization, it is very much needed to build up knowledge management unit into the organization.  It helps increasing knowledge of its members and employees. By sharing knowledge with one another and with other organizations all employees can run their works smoothly, because earning more knowledge sharp everyone’s brain and merit.

Several types of Advocacy also help the employees to increase their ability to work by improving their satisfactions. We know that, the employees/labors of many industries are poor. So if it is possible to run some advocacy programs and provide knowledge for their capacity building, then the poor people get opportunity to improve their present life style and gradually alleviate their poverty.

In other hand, advocacy and knowledge sharing activities are much needed for social and nonprofit organizations for their clients and beneficiaries. Because, we know, getting social advocacy and knowledge everyone especially the poor can improve their life style. Proper advocacy and knowledge help to build their capacity for livelihood development. So, for effective result and touch the real goal and objectives of organization, it should running advocacy and knowledge sharing programs for their members, employees and clients. It could build a separate organ or unit for doing this. By this unit every organization collects and shares their knowledge and doing their advocacy related works with other organizations, academics, policy makers etc.

Here I share one of my presentations about the process of advocacy works and knowledge sharing activities and build up a ‘Social Advocacy and Knowledge Management (SAKM) Unit’.

Please see the attached file.

Learning from KONY 2012: Let our voices be heard

Whether you love it, hate it, or know nothing about it, the online phenomenon that is the “KONY2012” video offers many valuable lessons for us in communicating the work we do.

What is this KONY 2012 all about?

Never has a video – and certainly not one created by an NGO – generated such heated and conflicting responses, or achieved such immediate global reach. Fast approaching the 100-million-viewer mark, in the week following its launch, coverage of the KONY2012 video infiltrated every major news outlet in the world, and ignited a storm of commentary among Facebookers and Tweeters of all ages.

If you have not yet seen it, KONY2012 is a slick, expensive 30-minute film produced by a US-based NGO, Invisible Children, as part of an international campaign to arrest the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony. It gives a brief history of the LRA, and creates a sense of urgency about the fate of the children abducted into the LRA. Viewers are told that the solution lies in their hands, through passing on the video, contacting US government representatives and celebrities, and buying bracelets and posters to spread the message.

The video has attracted enormous support, but also enormous criticism. Detractors accuse it of being dangerously simplified, patronizing, inaccurate and manipulative. To learn more, I encourage you to read some of the truly excellent pieces of investigation, analysis, satire and reflection published on the issue, including a growing number of responses from Ugandans.

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