Good Reasons not to Blog Philanthropy as an Insider
- You are exposed to the unreasoning and ill-informed criticism of the great unwashed
- You become the target of class hatred and asinine charges of elitism by people you would never meet socially
- Frustrated mid-level foundation staffers, grouchy professors, and other dead-enders project their own psychological problems on you and you have to deal with them; we are not therapists
- You get caught up in senseless controversies
- Every thing you do or say is second guessed, sometimes by people who see straight through us, for heaven's sake
- You get people commenting in masks and poking fun at our dignity
- Some comments are obscene, rude or even threatening
- You waste endless time talking to nobodies
- We are not staffed to hire a blogger
- Our ghost writers are already busy on other projects
- We already have a PR team
- Our marketing helps us control the message and the brand; blogging puts it all up for grabs
- Better to spend time with persons of substance in every sense of that term
- The public are like mushrooms, keep them in the dark and fertilize them with manure
- Not all messages are for all ears
- Why should we put our best ideas on the net so other nonprofits can steal them?
- So putting our research on the net helps the world; that is not our job; we are here to help our organization
- Following all these conversations distracts us from our mission and will drive up the overhead; we should put all our efforts into our programs
- Losers blog because they have time on their hands; winners have better things to do
- Did you see that dustup over Givewell? Who in their right mind would want to get mixed up in a mess like that?
- A lot of crazy people on the net; better to stick with nice people off line like us
- Why share the knowledge or the power with those who have not paid dues?
- We are already doing a great job
- I can't type; I have an assistant who does that for me.
From the blogger side, what reasons would you give as to why someone of importance in philanthropy or the the nonprofit sector should waste time and energy talking to the likes of us online?