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TechSoup Global Network Community Spotlight

Over the last 20 months or so, I’ve been working with Connecting Up, Inc, a not-for-profit organisation based here in Adelaide that offers programs and services to other not-for-profits all over Australia, as well as New Zealand. We’re also slowly growing our operations to the rest of the Asia Pacific region.

One of the great things about being part of Connecting Up is its international reach, especially through its partnership with TechSoup Global (TSG), a nonprofit organisation based in San Francisco, USA. Having had the opportunity to meet and work with the folks from TSG had been an overall fantastic experience for me. Of course, there are the usual challenges that go along with timezone differences (Hello, webinars conducted at 10:30pm ADL time!) and cultural adaptations (I say to-mah-to, they say to-may-to?:)). But, I always find it refreshing to work with a global view.

Anyway, the good folks from TSG had been nice enough to feature me in their March 2012 Community Spotlight as such:

TSG Community Spotlight: March 2012

Here’s the text:

Shai Coggins is the Manager of Communications & Web Content at Connecting Up, the TechSoup Global donation partner in Australia and New Zealand. Because of her key role with Connecting Up, Shai is an active participant and key connector between TSG, Techsoup.org and within the partner network.

Her TSGN activities included speaking at Microsoft NGO Connection Days in the Phillippines, engaging with the Techsoup.org content team on global campaigns and spearheading the Australian and New Zealand TSDigs challenge!

Visit her blog to catch up with her (many!) activities.

Thank you for your contribution and keep up the great work Shai!

So, now you see why I really, really like my TechSoup family! 🙂

Thanks, guys.

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Welcome, New Friends from “I’m Just Sharing”

When my long-time online friend and supporter, Mitch Mitchell asked to interview me on his blog, I’m Just Sharing, I was flattered and pleased. After all, it would be like sitting down with someone who’s still interested in what you have to say even though you’ve known each other for years. In fact, I was surprised to remember that I’ve known Mitch back from the days when Ryze was a new social networking site (when there weren’t so many around yet!).

If you haven’t read the interview yet, please do head on over to Mitch’s Interview Post with Me.

Interview with Mitch Mitchell

A trip down memory lane...

Anyway, I always feel a bit strange reading interviews about me, and I can’t tell you exactly why. But, other than feeling slightly bashful, this interview made me feel like I was going to a trip down memory lane. It’s because Mitch and I ended up talking about my early blogging experiences, my work at About.com (a NY Times company), and my other early projects. It always makes me seem ancient online when I talk about Geocities and hand-coding my blog using FrontPage.

But, it’s great to have these memories. It reminds me just how far I’ve gone and how much I’ve loved this online world that we’re building. It has definitely changed so much over the years. And, I’m still thrilled to be witnessing the whole thing.

In any case, if you found me through Mitch’s blog, I just want to say WELCOME! This is a new space on the web for me, as I move towards separating my “work-related” blog posts here on Enkindlers from my more personal posts via Studio Notes (my personal blog).

If you’re keen to read more about blogging, social media, content, and community, then please stay put and subscribe to Enkindlers.

If, however, you’re just a tad more keen to hear about some of my day-to-day interests, then do head on over to Studio Notes.

Wherever you might find yourself reading about the things I write about, I hope you enjoy it and please say hello.

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