Hold on a second. This isn’t you’re usual tech-addicted nerd whining about broken electronics. Not all of it, at least. This is a tech-addicted nerd whining about broken electronics AND broken productivity, thank you very much.
That device is my hub, and nothing underlines that more than my patched together process this week.
Google is the search engine that has dominated the web since it has risen to power. The reality is, that if Google does not see your blog, church website, or any other online presence, you have a slim chance of dramatically increasing your traffic. Before the impact of social media and therefore Google’s own network in Google+, the only authority that mattered was PageRank that is a statistical representation of how important your website is to the person making the search. With the implementation of Google+, there is a new source of input in AuthorRank.
Are you someone that people are consistently and frequently looking to for information?
If so, then you deserve to be higher on Google’s results.
Here are the three most important parts on this infographic for Google AuthorRank and Authorship:
I recently wrote a post about the need for pastors to blog as a way of writing “e-pistles” to their congregations. I think I made my point clear, but I’d like to back up a little and talk about the phenomenon of the “pastor-blogger” that has emerged in the past few years.
I started Youth Leaders Academy over two years ago. We had just moved from The Netherlands to Germany because my husband got a job there. As it turned out, it wasn’t possible for me to get a job. So I decided to use my many years of experience in youth ministry to start a blog. Thus Youth Leaders Academy was born.
My primary goal wasn’t to make money. Believe me, I would have chosen a different niche because there isn’t much money to make off poorly paid youth pastors
I just wanted to serve and help other with my experience. I was in a place where I couldn’t work as a youth pastor, but I still wanted to stay involved in youth ministry and help others serve better in their ministry.
I love writing. I’ve loved it since my eight-grade language arts teacher, Mrs. Ochs, introduced my class to a unit on poetry. (Incidentally, I’m now teaching at my old junior high, and Mrs. Ochs is still here. It’s really very cool.) I’ve been writing continuously, some years more than others, ever since. I’ve been trying to write two or three books in that time, but I just can’t seem to get it all to click.
I’m not discouraged. I just keep trying different methods. For a while, I was trying to “blog my book.” In that model, I was trying to work out my book in each blog post. That got tedious after a while.
So now, I’m going to try something different which a mature person might call “pastoral blogging,” or slightly more tongue-in-cheek, “e-pisteling.”
Before I unveil what it is, let me just confess something right off the bat:
I have had way too many discussions with churches, pastors, and short-term enthusiast that are looking for a quick and simple way to send their message, product, or service. They see lots of success with many different bloggers that are currently only having to blog three times a week or fewer and that really is not too hard, right? The problem is that the process is not quick or simple.
The reality is that the unspoken conversation actually goes like this:
“We need to get our church website up and running today, but don’t expect me to take any time away from my sermon to do anything with it afterwards.” I tell them everything that they need to hear to be successful and then end the discussion with, “and if you do not keep updating it, you might as well delete it because you are showing that you do not care.”
Unfortunately, about 50% of the blogs I have helped setup still die a silent and lonely death.
Pressgram is on the scene and if you do not know what it is or why your church should use it, play catch up first. Now, a lot has been said about what Pressgram can do, but as a blogger, I still was not sold with it. I can think of five reasons I do not want to use it.
I do not want to spam my viewers with posts on my homepage that they do not care about.
It does not fit my blogging strategy and so I do not want it in my RSS feed.
I’m already doing this on my social media accounts
Photo privacy is fine, but I’m not in the business of photography, so that does not apply.
We've been insanely-interested in exploring how the Church, ministries, and non-profits use technology to effectively fulfill their mission to the world.
With a small blog that started in September of 2008 we grew faster than we had ever dared to dream expanding into a network of blogs that reached more than a quarter million people every single month.
In May of 2011 we re-focused our efforts bringing all of the content back into one solidified brand - a "digital magazine" of resources that still serve the same industries and that still has the same curious heartbeat that started this movement.