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Holly's Helpful Hints: The Final Hint

Dearest Blackbaud Community,

This will be my final helpful hint to you as I'm moving on to a new and exciting role at Blackbaud. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you over the past three years. From the original 10 community members who sat in that Indianapolis conference room with me three years ago, testing and giving feedback on the earliest version of this site, to the myriad amazing peers, colleagues, and friends I've met thanks to this site - working with all of you has changed my life. Thank you.

And with that, I want to share with you my final Helpful Hint: How to Make the Most of this Incredible Community.

I have three tips for you:

1. Connect with Your Community Manager(s)
Shannon, Jon, Crystal, and Ami are four of the most passionate, caring, dedicated individuals I've ever worked with and, lucky you, they are the four Community Managers behind this amazing Community. Friend them. Message them. Talk to them. And, in return, they will work tirelessly for you. You can learn about each of them here.

2. Don't be Shy
This is the friendliest, most helpful Community I've ever been a part of. Think about this for a minute. How many places can you go online and see nothing but helpful, productive, and encouraging content? I'm immeasurably proud of the culture this Community has developed and how each and every one of you is a steward of that culture. It's a safe and welcoming space thanks to each of you. So if you have a question - ask it! If you have an idea - share it! If you just did something awesome - tell us! This site has and will continue to be all about you. If you don't know where to get started, I'd suggest browsing discussions from across the site.

3. Make Friends
As I look back on the last three years, my favorite memories of this site aren't about the hours of coding or reporting. My favorite moments all revolve around people. This Community is full of some of the most incredible, knowledgeable, and passionate people anywhere. I've seen Community members engage with one another, learn from each other, and connect with each other over and over again. I've seen a DBAs from Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado, and beyond treated like rockstars at bbcon because they were so amazingly helpful and knowledgeable in this site. Take advantage of this mind hive and start sending friend requests to people whose responses, questions, or ideas you like. If you need help getting started, take a moment to browse our Community Leaderboard. That's where the rockstars live.

Once again, thank you for everything this Community is and will be. This journey has been an incredible one and I look forward to seeing where you take us next!

Curious about my new role? Check out my newly updated community profile.

Posted by Holly Herbert on Nov 2, 2017 8:00 AM America/New_York

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All this dust floating around got me tearing up. Those pesky fall allergies. Thank you for everything you've done for the Blackbaud Community, Holly. I'm pretty certain I can say we wouldn't be where we are without you. I can't wait to see what you do next! #workplaceproximityassociate
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 08:12 AM EDT
We'll miss you so!  Best of luck in the new position!
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 08:35 AM EDT
Best of luck to you Holly!!  Thank you for everything you have done to make this Community such an awesome place (I'm so glad I got to meet you in person at BBCON 2016)!  So what is your next adventure at Blackbaud??
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 09:55 AM EDT
now if I only read more throughly I would see you had a link to your new role - sounds like a great fit for your talents and passion!  :)
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 09:57 AM EDT
Congrats Holly! I will miss you around here.
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 12:15 PM EDT
Holly, thanks for all you've done for the Community.  You will be missed.  I hope your new adventure is marvelous for you.
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 01:09 PM EDT
Thank you, Joanne! I'm so excited for my new role as it allows me to keep one foot in Community while expanding into Blackbaud University as well. I'm super glad we got to meet at bbcon as well!
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 01:12 PM EDT
Thanks, Sunshine and John! I've loved working with both of you over the past three years!
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 01:12 PM EDT
Thank you, Lori! I'm super excited!
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 01:13 PM EDT
Congratulations, Holly! Will miss your helpful hints.
  • Posted Thu 02 Nov 2017 01:38 PM EDT