“The time has come,” the team has said.

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“To talk of many things …”

When I first started this post I was fully inspired to get through at least one verse of The Walrus and The Carpenter and properly rhyme things for you, but alas, I’m just going to get to the point.

If you haven’t noticed, well, then you probably weren’t a recipient or sponsor, we’ve been delayed in getting out the CMAD awards for 2016. For which, we apologize. As those who are receiving them know, we’ve recently verified addresses and are literally in the process of ordering and shipping.

In my heartfelt opinion, the strongest points of CMAD are the collaboration of knowledge sharing. I don’t honestly believe we need an “appreciation day” as Community Managers, and for me the term “awareness day” feels like it should be reserved for those with life altering circumstances such as an illness. However, I would still love to see this day live on as an opportunity to collaborate with community professionals around the world and generate resources for others in our occupation.

When Brew and I first took over this labor of love in 2013/14, it was a passion and a priority. As happens, our lives have since changed and, as our full-time roles have evolved (in a good way), our priorities are shifting. So while it is still a passion, neither of us feel we can make Community Manager Appreciation Day the priority it deserves to be.

While we both feel that this can no longer be us, we would love to pass the baton to an unbiased organization or collective group of individuals who share our passion and our mission. In fact, we’ll even tell you all our “secrets.”

(If you want them.)

If you think this might be you or someone you know, please reach out via sherrie [at] mycmgr [dot] com.

To the rest of you, I know from the small few this has come up with already, that this is a bit disappointing, but it’s against everything I stand for to give something I believe in less effort than it deserves.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to create with you.

Cheers all.

"The time has come," the team has said.
(Disclaimer: We are not CMAD, we have never been CMAD, we didn’t even start CMAD, but we have enjoyed celebrating with you through hosting these broadcasts the past few years.)

Sherrie Rohde

Community Manager at Magento
As the Community Manager for Magento, Sherrie connects people with resources and with each other, and, since she’s just a bit passionate about the topic, she also co-produces a weekly broadcast for community professionals called #CMGRHangout. An ENFP, Sherrie is obsessed with innovation, terrified of status quo, and motivated by adventure. 
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