Monday, March 29, 2010

So You Want to Blog? Well We've Got the Space!

As you heard from Brendan in his post welcoming you to The CVN Forum, we want this blog to be more than just the Leadership Team (LT) telling you what's going on.

As a volunteer group full of 20 and 30-somethings who are all aTwitter, blogging and dominating the social network scene, it made sense for us to share our volunteer experiences through a blog. The LT and CVN committees will keep you updated on great volunteer opportunities and other interesting events in Arlington. Sharon, our County Liaison from Volunteer Arlington, will share her insight on volunteer management and big-picture thinking about volunteering in general. We will hear from County staff, board members, and former CVN leaders on the history and value of a group like CVN in the community.

With the above-mentioned posts, and posts from YOU, the volunteers, we will have The CVN Forum! It'll be a blog about volunteering, networking, coming together, and making a difference in Arlington. I'm sure we'll even see some pictures surface from this summer's kickball team!

If you've blogged before then you know the drill--share your experience in 250-400 words, make it your own original voice, and generate conversation; but, we'd like for you to look at our overview of blog posts and categories as a starting place. This represents our vision for the blog content at this point, and we'd love to hear your comments and suggestions below on it. If you've never blogged, don't be discouraged. Think of it as talking to someone at a CVN monthly meetup about your volunteer experience, then writing it down. Blogging is simply another medium to communicate!

To get you going we've put together a great document to reference: How to blog for CVN.

Let me also ask you this: what types of posts do you see being relevant to volunteering in Arlington? We want to make our approach to this blog a community effort, so weigh in through the comments section!


Jourdan Clandening
Communications Chair
Community Volunteer Network (CVN)


  1. Your blog looks great! I love all of your videos. I will look forward to seeing more. Keep up the good work CVN! - Jennifer, Volunteer Alexandria

  2. Jennifer - thank you for the kind words. We are really excited to see it come together after all of the hard work from so many people - past and present - has been put into this! I think you will really enjoy our series of posts from Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom our County Liaison on volunteer management.