In today’s digital world it can be hard to know which resources to rely on, especially when there’s new stuff coming out all the time, and there’s so much pressure to constantly consume. How can we keep up with the technology world but also filter out the things that aren’t useful?
Since we live in a review economy, you’re probably used to checking out what other people say about a restaurant, book, etc. before you buy it. That’s a little harder to do when it comes to resources, so we wanted to make it easier for you and create a trusty list of blogs and podcasts that we follow for updates about communities.
Whether it’s perusing our favorite blogs over coffee in the morning or listening to the latest podcast in the car or at the gym, we try to take advantage of those micro-moments to stay up to date. And of course, the resources out there are always evolving, so feel free to share your favorite resources with us in the contact form below.
Online Community Blogs + Podcasts
Check out The Community Roundtable’s blog and podcast (Conversations with Community Managers), which is filled with subject matter expertise on all things related to online communities and community management. Their blog will also often highlight findings from their detailed reports, such as the State of Community Management Report.
Join community experts Chris Detzel and Michael Sandoval for their online community podcast, where they tackle hard issues facing community managers in their daily struggles. The podcast is geared for enterprise community managers and social media professionals.
The CMX blog shares a variety of resources about community management, including videos, articles, and announcements. In addition to their blog as a resource, they have a Facebook group where community managers (or those interested in the community space) can join to connect and talk all things related to managing a community.
Moz’s blog has resources for anyone trying to navigate the digital world, as well as stay updated on Google’s changing algorithms. Their focus is search engine optimization, or SEO, but they do have a solid section on online community. It’s not updated often, but the articles they do have are worth perusing.
Associations Now shares both technology news and association membership news in their blog, covering tech updates, lessons learned, engagement theories, and best practices. Skim their daily digest email for a quick update on news in the association space (online community articles show up fairly often).
Community Signal is a bi-weekly podcast for community professionals with topics like acing your next community manager job interview or understanding why Lego got rid of their online community.
Community Pulse is a podcast dedicated to sharing insights for community managers and community leaders. Their goal is to help build community by providing practical tips, such as how to submit a great conference session abstract, and by providing information from experts who share about a range of topics related to online community.
8. Higher Logic
Not to toot our own horn, but we do publish strategy and advice on community building, strategy, and growth on our blog every week. We share insights from internal experts and partners. Don’t forget to subscribe below!
Using blogs and podcasts to inspire your work
Keeping up with changing technology is a must for community managers. Blogs and podcast are an easy way to stay informed. But you’ll also hear different perspectives and new ideas from these resources, which will help you keep your own work fresh. And we all know that staying fresh in the digital world is key to engagement. These resources are part of our daily reads/listens to help us stay fresh.
Elizabeth Bell is a Content Specialist at Higher Logic. She’s passionate about communities, tech, and communicating about both effectively. When she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her cooking, reading, gardening, or playing volleyball.
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