Are You Making Star Wars or Star Trek Content?

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The war of the nerds between Star Wars and Star Trek has always been goofy (though having enjoyed both programs, I guess I get it). But the infographic below takes this difference in programming and created worlds and puts a unique spin on it for those that create content for websites or social media. Be warned, we are entering extra nerdy here. The question then is, which are you: a Star Wars or Star Trek content creator? ... Continue Reading

How to Find the Freedom to Write: Apps

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I have found more freedom to write by giving myself more time every day for writing as I outlined in this previous post. Time, however, can be a two-edged sword. If you give yourself too much time, you'll end up wasting it or worrying about little details as you write instead of actually writing. Building more time in your day for writing will give you more freedom to write; however, it is also the limitations of time that can spur creativity. Once you've mastered the amount of time you would ... Continue Reading

Hemingway Editor — A Writer’s Writing App

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For several months I had been using Microsoft Office Word for writing my blog posts. Even though the grammar check was sometimes a little too harsh for my liking, it got the job done. It's a heavy app for pounding out blog posts, but I wanted to start working on improving my grammar and such, so it seemed like a good solution. Pages for Mac had some grammar features built in, but nothing as robust as what Word offered. So alas, I kept on using Word for my daily writing. And then Chris Ames ... Continue Reading

How to Find the Freedom to Write: Time

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The last few weeks has been a vacation of sorts. For the first time in years I have broken away from work and spent much needed time with my family, long time best friend, and away from the Internet. There were several things that I've learned from my time away from work and the web and I hope to share a few of those things in the coming days. The first thing has to do with time and its power to give the freedom to write. In this use case scenario, it's writing blog posts, but it also has me ... Continue Reading

10 Signs You Are Failing As A Church Blogger

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The idea of creating a list of do's and dont's is not very appealing. Honestly, the very thought of parroting something that has already been said online is actually revolting for me. My heart does not reach for any old bloggers, but for the church to do blogging well. Instead, I'd like to share with you some of my own experiences with church blogging as well as the views of others. I actually crowdsourced the first half of this list, asking for their thoughts and some of them shared their own. ... Continue Reading

How About Online Marketing for Your Church? [Infographic]

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I have a crazy idea for you, have you thought about online marketing for your church? This very idea for some pastors and ministry leaders is plain heresy. I have had numerous conversations with people of this mindset, they are negative and most will not move on their stance even when given a rational argument. Nearly all end with the other end yelling and arguing instead of dialoguing. For those that may buy into this, my initial challenge to them is to create great content. Yet, the #1 thing ... Continue Reading

What to Do About the Changes to Google Authorship

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A few weeks ago it was announced that Google is removing profile photos and Google+ Circle count from their search results. There are a number of different speculations that are floating around as to why Google has done this, as it really takes a big bite out of the power of Google Authorship — aka: more click-throughs. While Google has not officially (as of yet) said why they are doing this, here are the two prevailing reasons being tossed about online: ... Continue Reading

11 Essential Ingredients Your Blog Post Needs [Infographic]

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Just to be clear. Do not add raw eggs to your blog post — even though there are raw eggs pictured in this blog post's featured image (above). As far as adding a little spice, that really has more to do with your personal taste, but I digress... In the infographic below, there are 11 essential ingredients every blog post needs. Even if you've been blogging for a long time, I encourage you to take a close look at these ingredients. It is easy to stuck in a blogging rut and overlook some of ... Continue Reading

What Makes The Perfect Blog Post? [Infographic]

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Blogging is as much a science (think SEO) as an art form. It means that you need to be creative in your content, but structured in your delivery. What this also means is that everyone has ideas on what it means to post a "perfect" blog post, much as the infographic below shares. I'm going to highlight the infographic below with what I think is valuable for churches, but I want to be clear here. Bloggers who say they have the perfect blog post are probably lying. And if they are not lying, they ... Continue Reading