To tell you the truth, it is not something I am especially effective at. And I just don’t have the chops for the whole on-air pledge-drive routine. My hat goes off to those dedicated co-workers holed up in a glass-enclosed studio for hours, the electric ether transmitting their calls to action to thousands of listeners.
I just contemplate the possibility and sweat starts crowning the brow.
And, truth be told, I have mixed feelings about asking for contributions in the social media space. This doubtless stems in part from considering myself a newbie, especially in comparison to the countless others who have been there much, much longer than I. My uncertainty is also borne of fear of trespassing on whatever agreed-upon etiquette has taken hold in these very dynamic online communities.
Over the last half year or so, you have graciously helped guide me through what was (and actually still is) for me very uncertain terrain. That my footing has a little more purchase as compared to when I first started is testament to your spot-on advice and assistance. Thank you.
So, before I Tweet another reminder of the upcoming fund drive, or ask you to get a jump on it and contribute now, tell me what you think. Do pledge Tweets (and mind you, I will be very conservative in this regard) make you feel as though I’ve crossed a line? How about YouTube-hosted videos asking that you give? Pledge-themed Flickr photo galleries? And what about Facebook? Is requesting that you forward along a pledge link violating the unspoken code of contact?
Let me know what you think. I value your candor and advice.