It might sound strange for a blogger, but I’m giving up on RSS. With over 75 blogs in a Feedly queue that publish new content regularly there is just too much to keep track of.
This is part of a larger effort to streamline workflows and create some margin in my life. As a family man with two jobs and many side projects, I could use a little margin.
How about you?
Here’s the reasoning for dropping RSS in favor of Twitter:
Need a nap?
I hate that feeling, especially when I am busy and need to get a lot done, but instead of fighting off the Zzz’s with more coffee and louder music, perhaps it would be wiser to hit the pillow for a few and have a power nap?
Take a look at this infographic and tell me what you think:
One of my favorite parts of my day is checking my RSS feed. When GoogleReader died, I wept. I seriously enjoy reading my RSS feed, and I really enjoy sharing good content with my friends and family. Thus, when I began to create a new website for my church, I also decided that we need a new approach to blogging.
Personally, I’ve decided to limit my writing to ChurchMag and my church blog, but I only work part-time at my church. Cranking out two or three blog posts a month is about all I can muster right now, which really isn’t enough content to help anyone.
But what would I do for content? What will you do for content?
“Why are you bringing me into this?”, you might ask. I bring you into this because you have a responsibility as a pastor, lay-leader, church tech to help “feed the sheep” and providing good, digital content is a wonderful way to do just that. Here are some of the ideas that I’m going to shape into my strategy.
Jetpack is one of those apps that WordPress users either love or hate. Those on the Love side focus on the collection of easy to use features that most users want such as sharing buttons, contact forms, Stats and a built in responsive template as an easy solution for non techsavey self hosted bloggers and cove raging a number of bases with one plug in.
On the anti side the arguments usual go that Jetpack is bulking, isn’t always compatible with other plugins, doesn’t offer as great service in anyone area and is potentially trying to tie users into WordPress.com.
Whatever you think about Jetpack, the latest features that Jetpack 2.8 has added might catch your eye:
Many other blogging platforms have had markdown support for a while and users have been able to add Markdown support via other third part applications but now Jetpack has added Markdown support for the masses.
I’ve touched on this theme a lot lately, but I think I want to hammer it home with one more post. There’s been a lot written in the past year or two aimed at helping pastors build a “platform,” a place of prominence, respect, and/or visibility from which they can address the world at large.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with this: the Church needs more of its leaders to be firmly planted in local bodies. As a public school teacher, nothing makes me more frustrated than hearing the opinions of “education experts” who haven’t taught in decades or—worse—have never taught! So, in that instance, I think it’s crucial that “Christian leaders” be actually be leading and serving in a local body.
Last week I read a post titled, The Web Needs You To… STOP BLOGGING!
I had already been wrestling with the idea of quality over quantity in blogging for more than a few months. And as I read the article, Mike Schinkel’s take on the matter reaffirmed some of my own conclusions. It really served to sharpen my perspective and added just the right amount of motivation for me to get serious about some of the changes I have been a bit hesitant to implement.
Is your church on the Internet, yet?
It might seem to be a silly question to ask on a church tech focused website, but many churches do not have a good online presence yet. If you follow the wisdom of Michael Hyatt from his book Platform, you need to make your first and strongest online presence your home website. And when you have a fully running website that shows off your staff, ministries, volunteers, and an active and consistent blog, then you can say you have a strong online presence.
Want to see how many articles are posted on the web every day?
Happy New Year!
2014 is here, but before we start digging into the awesome that will be 2014, let’s take a quick look back at last year’s top blog posts:
As a family man involved in church, I pray fairly often. Mostly for my family.
“Dear God, please help the baby fall asleep.”
“Heavenly Father, please clear traffic so I can get to work on time.”
“Jesus, please save our children from my mistakes.”
It’s interesting that the more we need, the more we pray for. And we pray for all kinds of stuff. Big and small.
When I come to the ChurchMag blog, I am looking for something nerdy and geeky, maybe entertaining, and definitely something based on the church. As a Church Techie, I do not have those same expectations and actually hold ChurchMag in much higher regard with Church Tech then anything that Mashable, Tech Crunch, or The Verge could ever write on because they have built an authority that has established a strong influence as a blog with this topic. At the same time, I would never go to ChurchMag for help on how to translate my Greek, non-tech or geeky ways of doing discipleship, or how to serve well in hospitality ministry.