6 Ways to Improve Your Church Bulletin

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Church bulletins. You gotta love 'em. Or not. Since moving to the US, we've been visiting many different churches in our search for a new spiritual home. That was an interesting experience, to say the least, and one that has taught us much about what churches are doing right—and wrong. One aspect of our church 'experience' we noticed, was the vast variety in church bulletins, both in terms of layout and quality as in content. We've seen some really great examples of church bulletins and we ... Continue Reading

UnProgrammed: 05 Creating Vs Exploiting Content

Creating Versus Exploiting Content

When you create content, you are drawing from a well of inspiration, whether it is photography, videography, or blogging. That's tough because you are starting from scratch. The alternative is that you take news and talk about it, even though you do not know much about it. And you blog because it's a hot topic and exploit this "you must click it" article. What are your thoughts? Am I overreacting? ... Continue Reading

How to Better Proofread Your Own Writing

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How would you like to make fewer spelling and grammar mistakes and avoid being called out by the grammar police? Have you ever written that you consider to be a reasonably good blog post or article only to get your first piece of feedback by a well meaning person reminding you politely that actually you made several mistakes. Trust me I’ve been there. It is especially common when you write on a controversial topic or the more popular you are. If people want to criticize your argument (and ... Continue Reading

Evernote Is My Favorite Long Form Writing App

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For all things simple, including my ChurchMag​ infographic articles, quick opinion pieces, and inspirational video posts, I simply use the WordPress​ native app. Easy, and so distraction free, that anything else would be silly. But I have been getting into longer form articles (read 700+ words) as well as ebooks (9,000+ words) which require something more. Microsoft Word is not cloud-oriented (I don't have Office 365) and WordPress has been known to lose too many documents if you take too long ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Writer and Blogger [Podcast #57]

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ChurchMag Staff Writer Rachel Blom has been writing for ChurchMag since 2012, but she's been writing and blogging for much longer. Rachel Blom joins the #cmagcast crew to talk about her journey as a writer and blogger and what it takes to becoming a writer. Enjoy: ... Continue Reading

‘Do Over’ by Jon Acuff [Saturday Morning Review]

Do Over by Jon Acuff - Saturday Morning Review

Jon Acuff jumps into what I would call the next book in his trilogy on how to go from "just another day" to something "great." As with all books of his, I went the route of an audio book which gives additional annotations as well as his own unique tone I have come to attribute with him. If you like Jon's humor, you get more of that here. But that doesn't mean the content is only 6 inches deep and worthless. For Jon, a Do Over is not a failure, but an opportunity for something great. For me, ... Continue Reading

Unleash the Writer Within You Write Away

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Some things in life require talent. Singing for instance, though watching some auditions not everybody agrees with me on that one. Competitive sports for sure, or playing an instrument well. But there are also things that can be taught. Like writing. Improving your writing skills is not dependent on talent. It helps of course if you have an innate sense of language, but it’s not a requirement for writing success. To unleash the writer within you, all you need is motivation, discipline, and ... Continue Reading

Hemingwrite: A Distraction Free Writing Device

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You can use 'distraction free' writing mode on your laptop or tablet, but let's be honest: There's always distractions. Before you jump to your writing app, there are so many shiny icons asking to be clicked. And even while you're typing away on your tablet, there's always a notification pulling you away. So what if you could have a portable writing device that was really distraction free and was still digital? Alas, the Hemingwrite: ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Finding the Right Tone

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When it comes to writing, there are tips and tricks that are relatively easy to teach, like correct grammar or using paragraphs. But there are also important aspects that are harder to explain. Rhythm for instance, which you can try and learn by applying rules, but which is also a matter of instinct. And there’s tone. ... Continue Reading