Thu, May 23 2013

On sprinting and passing the baton

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Author, Robin Hood Marketing

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Many, many years ago I ran the 4 X 400 relay on my track team.  I was no star, but I loved the race.  It’s a long, tough sprint that leaves you completely spent yet strangely exhilarated.  The coach used to tell me to leave nothing behind on the track.  The trick at the end was to finish with only enough strength to raise an arm and pass the baton. 

I started this blog nearly seven years ago.  For the first few years, I posted several times a week.  Then I got serious on January 1, 2011, when I started posting every single weekday.  Go big or go home, I figured.  If I was going to blog, I should throw my full self into it and truly sprint.  I didn’t miss a day for nearly two and a half years, and that’s when this blog really took off.  I think the daily posting forced me to be a more disciplined thinker and writer, and as the quality of my posts grew, so did the community around the blog.  It’s been a good lesson to me in the power of concentrated commitment in the face of discomfort (which daily posting can be!).

But now it’s time for me to pass the proverbial baton, for several reasons.  First, I am striking out on a new adventure. After eight wonderful years at Network for Good, I’m moving on to take a job as CEO at ePals, an education media company that connects learners around the world.  That will be my new sprint.  Second, I’m more than a little winded.  After nearly 1,500 posts, I’ve said nearly all I could ever imagine saying.  And so I am passing the blog baton to the Network for Good team.  Network for Good will host the blog and all the archives and add posts content regularly, starting now. 

This is the perfect handoff, because Network for Good’s mission is the same as mine has been with this blog: to give you, the amazing person doing good in the world, a little information, insight or inspiration to help you along the way.  The Network for Good team will be lucky to have you, and they know it and will serve you well. 

I said in my book that writing advice for others is an act both vain and humbling.  Vain, because to sit down and write you must believe yourself an expert.  Humbling, because in writing you discover there is so much you don’t know.  I’m grateful to you for being with me as I learned along the way.  Thanks for reading this blog over the years - and for continuing to read it in the future.  And even more important, thank you for the incredible work you do, day in and day out, to make a difference for someone or something that matters.  The world needs you and your concentrated commitment in the face of discomfort.  How fortunate we all are that you chose to be a sprinter for good.

  • Comment: (36)   


I’m a “blogaholic” so I speak as an expert ... yours, Katya, is one of the BEST.  We’ll miss your contribution at Network for Good ... but hope to hear more from you in your new setting—which I immediately checked out, intrigued about the education connection as I serve on the BOT for a university.  All the best to you ... thanks for the many ways you’ve encouraged so many—including ME!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  09:16 AM

Best wishes for every success in your new opportunity. I have enjoyed your column a great deal and look forward to what’s to come from your colleagues.

Posted by Jill Warren Lucas  on  05/23  at  09:28 AM

Thanks Katya for all you have shared over the past seven years. Your posts were full of practical advice, distilled into usable actions, and I kept coming across them in many places as they were, rightly, shared by many in our sector. Good luck at ePals.

Posted by Howard Lake  on  05/23  at  09:30 AM

Congratulations on your move, and thank you for all the sage advice you’ve passed along here. I’m sure I speak for many people in expressing our appreciation and admiration.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  09:39 AM

Katya -
Thanks for the great blog and resource. Your blog is one of the few that I actually read. I’m a fairly new subscriber, but looking forward to catching up through all the archives. Here’s to hoping that Network for Good can keep up with the pace you’ve set. wink
Best wishes at ePals!

Posted by Amanda Bratschie  on  05/23  at  09:49 AM

Katya, congratulations and thank you! I have so enjoyed your blog. And I am in awe of your discipline!

Thank you for being such a delightful teacher.

I hope you get to catch your breath before the next sprint!

Posted by Mary Cahalane  on  05/23  at  09:52 AM

Thank you for all that you’ve contributed via this blog, Katya. You will be greatly missed here - your blog has been the one that I ALWAYS read every day, no matter how busy I am. You’re an artist, and I wish you the very best on your exciting new path.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  09:55 AM

Thank you for your wonderful blog and insightful posts.  You have been a tremendous resource for me over the last two years.  I will miss your articles—and wish you well on the next leg of your race.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  09:57 AM

Katya, thank you for sharing your time, knowledge and your heart. You REALLY made a difference in my way of visualizing marketing for the NGO i work for. I wish you the best in your new path and may all the love, trust, light and blessings be with you. Best of luck!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  10:10 AM

Katya - I’ve been working in the non-profit world for over a decade, and in the craziness of organization management and information overload, your voice has cut through all the noise—authentic, to-the-point, and value-rich. You have given me things not only to consider and implement in my work, but in my personal life as well. I have never commented on one of your posts, although many times I intended to and then the day got away on me. I just wanted you to know that there is probably a large contingent of silent readers like me who have deeply appreciated your efforts and will miss you dearly. I wish you the best in your new adventure!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  10:10 AM

Katya, Thank you for all you have shared over the years. I am early in my career as a nonprofit communicator, and I have been following your blog since I started my job three years ago. Your teachings have shaped my career, and for that I am truly thankful. Good luck in your next step…the people at ePals are lucky to have you! Congratulations!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  10:15 AM

Good luck in your future endeavors—-your insight has been invaluable!

Posted by mickdolan  on  05/23  at  10:33 AM

Congrats, Katya! You’ll do great!

Posted by Jay Love  on  05/23  at  10:54 AM

Thank you for posts.  I have enjoyed them.  Your posts have sparked thoughts, started some new habits and helped me learn.

Posted by John Bartlett  on  05/23  at  11:01 AM

Congratulations! Thanks for being such an excellent resource to us all through the years. You will be missed - and you’ll be awesome!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  12:14 PM

You are amazing and have been so helpful.  Many thanks!  Margie

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  01:45 PM

I subscribe to several blogs, but yours is the only one that I always, always read. Thank you for providing great information, beautifully written with a lot of heart. In this race, you have no competition.

Posted by Jennifer W.  on  05/23  at  01:51 PM

Congratulations on your new adventure.  It is wonderful where our passion takes us. 
I must say though that you will be missed, big time.  Your wisdom and expertise have been a welcomed and much anticipated addition to my professional development.  Please promise to write something awesome every now and then.  The very best to you!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  03:23 PM

Katya, I will miss your blog tremendously. I have been an avid reader, and have learned a great deal from you. Thank you so much, and best wishes in your next venture.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/23  at  04:09 PM

Will miss you! but I keep reading your old blogs for new inspiration. Change is good! And you only have good to give, whatever you do.

Posted by Jim kaszynski  on  05/24  at  05:36 AM

Thank you, Katya, for all that you have shared. You’ve made a difference in my professional life and in my community service.  Best wishes for much success!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/24  at  08:57 AM

Say it ain’t so! Needless to say, you’re amazing and will be missed. A lot. Thank you for everything. Especially this—“Do that big thing in your heart, now, right now, this minute, because you are alive and able.”

Posted by Tina Cincotti, Funding Change  on  05/24  at  10:35 AM

This is a bittersweet announcement! Your blog is the one (of so many) I receive that I truly look forward to reading. Your personal and professional advice has been invaluable to me, and your unique style and candor will be missed! Best of luck!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/24  at  10:54 AM

Katya: Congrats on the new race! Wanted you to know how much I have learned from you! Thank you for all that you’ve been.

Posted by Carol H.  on  05/24  at  01:21 PM

Thanks for all the great insights, Katya, and good luck with your new position!

Posted by AJ Strosahl  on  05/24  at  02:44 PM

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