The beginning of this month has been crazy.
I quit my internship. It was not taking me where I wanted to go. They also changed direction and I was not going to be able to do what I spent 3 years in university and many thousands of dollars and hours to do. I started out as a web developer for their WordPress pages but quickly let myself get sidetracked with the graphic design component of the work. I left because I was offered a SUPER AMAZING pro-bono gig for a non-profit.
There are some things I need to do to take full advantage of the opportunity. Get a business license is one of the first things I need to do. Another is set up a formal meeting with them and find out exactly what they need and figure out how to provide it. I have many, many ideas that will help them grow and prosper, but what I can do depends on what they want.
A big part of the project gathering the basic information on Who, What, When, Where and How.
- Who is going to do the blog, the FB, YouTube and Twitter and when?
- What constitutes acceptable content?
- What cool stuff can we offer the variety of interested parties?
- Who are our stakeholders?
- What do our stakeholders expect?
- How do we give the stakeholders what they need and expect
- When do the stakeholders expect the product?
- Can we get it to them in a timely manner?
- Where can information and content be found?
- How do we market ourselves better?
There are so many other questions to ask, but those will get us started.
I learned a lot at my internship. Some of the questions I will ask came from that. It was a great experience but in the end I was not going to go in the direction I wanted to go. It was time for me to move on and use my skills and talents in another area.
I actually waited a bit to long to make this choice. By the time I had, I was struggling to complete what little work I was given. I dreaded going to “work” and events. Once the direction changed and more staff was “hired” (more interns,) I realized that I did not have to stay around. It was not in my best interest to stay around. The dis-satisfaction was causing problems elsewhere and I needed to move on. It was not an easy choice. I am very loyal by nature. There are times when it is better for everyone to just move on. Sometimes it just takes time to realize it, or, as in my case, another opportunity to knock and be really awesome.
I am going to be working really hard to make my part successful and I am going to blog about the process. I cannot wait to share my new work with everyone out there. I will as soon as the ink dries on the plans. Many of you that follow my blog are going to be interested in the organization and I hope that you will be able to offer me input to make things awesome.
Maybe, just maybe, we will inspire others to take up the cause. Or maybe someone who is starting a web based non-profit will succeed and make their dreams a reality based off the information I have shared.