9 Quick-Start Blog Posts for Activists

Activists blog to build community, both by sharing resources and by strengthening relationships.

Yet they also have limited time.  Using pre-existing formats can help activists blog faster since they don’t have to start with a blank page.

These 9 types of blog posts below can serve a variety of topics and causes.  The steps to their creation, as well as examples from some of the best nonprofit blogs, are included in the slideshow.

The Posts:

  1. The Pass-it-Along Post
  2. The “We’re Real People” Post
  3. The Community Appreciation Post
  4. The “Our Response” Post
  5. The Informative Listicle
  6. The Mobilization Post
  7. The Ignored News Story
  8. The Guest Post
  9. The Email Interview



Thanks to NOH8 Campaign, ONE, Surfrider Foundation, Greenpeace, Invisible People, Human Rights Campaign, The Nonprofit Technology Network, Beth Kanter, and Melissa Gira Grant for the great examples.

What are other types of blog posts that you’ve used time and again as an activist blogger?

7 thoughts on “9 Quick-Start Blog Posts for Activists

  1. This is a fabulous resource! Thanks for posting it. I’m the Director of Communications for the “Politics of Trust,” an offshoot of the Vasconcellos Legacy Project, founded by retired California State Senator John Vasconcellos, the longest-serving legislator in CA state history.

    Our goal is to bring new ethics and consciousness to our dismal, dysfunctional politics. We advocate for no specific issue; we believe that ALL of our issues are going nowhere fast because politics is broken. The general response to our gridlocked, corrupt political warfare is a weary cynicism. We want the Politics of Trust to offer an alternative to cynicism, an antidote. Because cynicism is surrender.

    Right now we’re literally days away from launching our new website. (The URL will be http://politicsoftrust.nationbuilder.com.) We intend to build a community around the Politics of Trust, and to interact continuously with that growing community. Your provocative, practical ideas here are more than food for thought. They are a banquet. Thank you for this gift!

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  3. I know this if ooff topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog
    and was curious what all is needed too get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a
    pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m not
    100% certain. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

  4. Hi Bridgett – Actually the only thing I pay for is the hosting fee. I think the template I am using cost about $20, the background is a Creative Commons licensed photo from Flickr, and I did my own logo design using a piece of open source software called GIMP. If you have some design skills, making a blog need not be expensive. WordPress templates are really sophisticated now, and can be bought cheaply.

  5. In a blog post, Hazare expressed his views on Kashmir by saying that it was his “active conviction that Kashmir is an integral part of India” and that if required once again for service, he would remain “ready to take part in war against Pakistan.”

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