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Two years ago, in August of 2019, I wrote about The Great Museum Social Media Manager Exodus. In that time:

Students hold a vigil on the campus of Virginia Tech in 2007.

CONTENT WARNING: This post will discuss topics related to gun violence.

Last night at around 11 p.m., a mass shooting took place in my home city of Indianapolis, Indiana at a major FedEx hub near the Indianapolis International Airport. As of this morning, eight people have died, more were injured, and around one-hundred had been evacuated from the facility.

All at once this morning, two facts hit me:

TRIGGER WARNING: This post will discuss topics that are emotionally difficult for some, including text-based descriptions of domestic violence.

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Sixteen years ago in Huntsville, Alabama, my step brother murdered his mother. He then got in his mother’s van and drove overnight nearly 700 miles with the intention of next harming me, my step dad, my mom, and my brother in our home in Manassas, Virginia.

But this isn’t going to be about that.

It’s about pulling back the curtain on anxiety. It’s also about domestic violence. …

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This is a transcription of an Instagram video posted by Dr. Kelli Morgan, Newfields’ former curator of American art. The video first appeared on her Instagram account across two IGTV posts on February 17, 2021, a few hours following the announcement that Charles Venable had resigned as CEO of Newfields (the Indianapolis Museum of Art.) It has been transcribed with Dr. Morgan’s express permission. The original posts can be found here and here.

Eight months ago, Dr. Kelli Morgan warned of the toxic and discriminatory culture at the museum in a widely-publicized resignation letter (and alluded to it in a…


It’s now the end of June and we’re watching helplessly as the second wave of #museumlayoffs is hitting our community and impacting thousands, many of whom are dear friends, colleagues... ourselves. This post is inspired by others who have had the foresight to share their stories, wisdom, and offers to help. I am in no way the first.

Last summer, after over 9 years serving at my museum in various positions, I left my career as a museum social media manager. In 2019 I applied to 48 non-museum jobs. FORTY-EIGHT. I’ve learned a lot about believing in myself, my skills…

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Hi there. I’m Lori, and I have high functioning anxiety.

I’m really good at sharing this with a friend, or even a colleague, face-to-face. Wearing my heart on my sleeve is my thing. I’ll be the first to say that anxiety stigma is BS. Yet, talking about it online is something I’m less inclined to do. I admire my friends who post their mental health challenges so proactively and bring light to our shared struggles. Occasionally I reply with an acknowledging comment. But now’s not the time to have anxiety about anxiety.

Those close to me have heard me say…

A peek at the NY Historical Society’s response to the #DollyPartonChallenge

Let me tell you why.
(But first, if you were busy yesterday with your “9 to 5” and don’t know about the Dolly Parton Challenge, you can catch up.)

The Dolly Parton Challenge could have been just the next social media meme to explode onto our streams on any given ho-hum day. These memes bring that much-needed laugh and extra sparkle to the list of otherwise depressing trending hashtags.

When these trending-hashtag-driven memes appear out of the blue, it brings with it a jolt of excitement and adrenaline for the typical social media manager. When I say “typical,” I…

Time to step into your power — 2020 is on the horizon!

If you were like me, you were one of the millions of people who watched Frozen 2 over Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe you missed the single line Elsa sang about “stepping into her power” in the midst of all of the cave sparkles. But WHEW, that phrase hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s not like I haven’t been telling myself to be a bad ass and step into my power for a long time now. (I have self help books for that.) But there’s something about Elsa singing it to a crowd of kids (and me, she was singing…

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I’ve been really inspired by the conversation, both past and present, around social media manager self-care and burnout. It’s lit a fire under me to get the word out as much as absolutely possible. Then, Ella Dawson made sense of all of the thoughts swirling in my head with her in-depth article documenting her unemployment journey, the problems with burnout, and how we can change the system. But it was Dr. Zubin Damania’s viral video on healthcare worker burnout and Moral Injury that hit me like a bolt of lightning.

I’m compelled to take Dr. Z’s video point-by-point and compare…

I’m tired. But the best kind of tired. Because I’ve had what has likely been the most exhilarating and uplifting week of my entire adult life — and that’s because I’m lucky to call MCN (Museum Computer Network) my professional network and “home.” What makes the MCN conference so special is that it’s a coming together of the latest technology in museums with the deeply human issues that arise from those technologies. This is why museum social media has found a relevant home here. It’s also why social justice issues are discussed year after year. …

Lori Byrd-McDevitt

Co-founder @1909Digital. Online community + social media + digital marketing strategist. Teaching @JHUMuseumStudies. #musesocial #glamwiki

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