Bill Gates. Elon Musk. Oprah Winfrey. Mark Zuckerberg. Warren Buffett. What do these five thought leaders have in common? They’re lifelong learners.
Do you follow the five-hour rule? Do you spend at least one hour per weekday learning something new? If not, we’ve got you covered.
If the key to success is to read, read and read some more, you’ll need something to read, right? Start with these 20 association blogs.
20 Association Blogs to Follow in 2019
1 – Associations Now
From leadership to meetings and membership to technology, Associations Now provides the perfect place to quickly catch up on what’s going on in the world of associations.
Most posts are fairly concise, so you’ll be able to get your quick fix of association news in a matter of minutes. Start your day here and you won’t be sorry… plus, it’s one of the rare blogs on this list with daily content!
2 – Higher Logic
Marketing automation and online communities are the name of the game over on the Higher Logic blog. So if you’re looking for the latest insights and innovations in either of those arenas, be sure to check this one out.
3 – ReviewMyAMS
Here’s a mix of guest posts from association software and service vendors, with some from ReviewMyAMS sprinkled in. From meeting recaps to webinar previews, this is a great blog to stop by every once in a while to see what’s going on in the association management software space.
4 – .orgCommunity
Need some inspiration? Check out the .orgCommunity blog for some unique tips to help your association thrive. When you’re searching for the unexpected, head on over to .orgCommunity.
5 – Effective Database Management
Looking for some Wednesday Wisdom? Or perhaps you’re in need of a couple quick articles to read during your lunch break.
In either case, Wes Trochlil’s musings are a surefire way to get you to think differently.
6 – AssociationTRENDS
The AssociationTRENDS blog is the gateway into some fabulous industry reports. But it’s also an awesome spot to keep an eye on — you’ll never guess — the most prominent association trends. We suggest using this blog as a springboard to generate your own ideas.
7 – Reid All About It
Home to the fantastic “Association Brain Food Weekly,” this is a must-follow for association executives looking for ways to continue their professional development and earn CAE credits.
8 – CommPartners
What does the TV series “Cheers” have anything to do with a learning management system? That’s the kind of stuff you’ll learn if you visit the CommPartners blog.
9 – Association Success
This one’s got a little bit of everything. From managing the digital transformation to the keys to attracting millennial members and how to retain longtime members, you’re bound to come across something you’re interested in on Association Success.
10 – Beth Kanter’s Blog
Searching for something more nonprofit-oriented? Try Beth Kanter’s blog, which features content dating all the way back to 2010. That should keep you busy learning for five hours a week!
11 – Achurch Consulting
Unique, focused insight on topics you’ve never thought too hard about, but probably should have, can be found here.
12 – Mizz Information
A recent post: “What Associations Can Learn From Journalism About Membership and Engagement.” That’s the kind of thing you’re not really going to find anywhere else, folks.
13 – DelCor
Is your association ready for the digital transformation? The DelCor blog will help you prepare by guiding you to think like a CIO.
14 – The Moery Company
The best association blogs cover the gamut. This one does. Sure, you’ll find the standard fare like member recruitment and onboarding tips, but you’ll also find info on podcasting for associations, technology trends and other growth opportunities.
15 – Inc.
Here’s one that’s not association-specific, but it features so much great leadership advice that we had to include it in our list of blogs to follow.
16 – Spark Consulting
Check out Spark Consulting’s recent Membership 101 series and learn as much as you possibly can about the folks who make your association possible: your members.
17 – Eric Lanke’s Blog
Association tips straight from an association pro. This blog from the president and CEO of the National Fluid Power Association is the perfect place for association executives who prefer to learn from their peers.
18 – Smooth the Path
Quick and concise, but extremely relevant blog posts for association leaders, Smooth the Path is an awesome source of inspirational and thought-provoking insight.
19 – WBT Systems
A learning management system vendor by day, WBT Systems also puts out several blog posts per month focused on a wide range of topics.