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Community Manager Appreciation Day 2015: A Fun Look Inside CM Life

It’s time yet again for one of our favorite holidays here at Ignite Social Media – Community Manager Appreciation Day. The role of a Community Manager has changed drastically over the last decade, transforming from a forum moderator into a jack of all trades in the digital space. While some days we all just wish the Internet would shut itself off at 5 p.m. so we could have an email-free evening, most days we’re thrilled to have one of the most interesting jobs around.
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To celebrate Community Manager Appreciation Day this year, Kathleen Tierney and I thought we’d give you a little insight into the (not so) typical day in the life of a CM.
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1. Community Managers have simply given up on explaining their job to anyone else.
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2. Contrary to popular belief, we can’t actually control EVERYTHING online.
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3. We face a unique set of challenges each day. 
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4. Being a CM becomes ingrained into your everyday life – even to the point of treating your friends like faceless consumers.
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5. Actually, sometimes it’s really, really hard to shut it off. 
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6. But at least we know we’re not alone. Our fellow CMs always understand. 
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7. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions. 
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8. But other times, you don’t even care that you have to work on a Sunday. 
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9. If you didn’t already know, it’s really easy to freak out a Community Manager. 
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10. Really. Easy. 
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11.  It’s part of our job to be familiar with every new phrase and acronym. 
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12.  Although, sometimes it takes a while to learn how to use them correctly. 
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13. This is all a CM needs to have a conversation. 
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14. We just get each other.  
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15. Through it all, at the end of the day, you still know you have the coolest job around.
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So, to all our fellow CMs out there – we hope your day is filled with prime UGC, high engagement posts and completely void of off-the-wall complaints. If you’re not a Community Manager, may we suggest that you buy a cold beverage for one today.

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