Becoming a Better Writer Series: Purpose Driven Writing

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] There are many forms and sorts of writing: short stories, fiction books, newspaper stories, articles for magazines, blogs, you name it. And within those forms, the styles vary widely as well. It’s interesting to see for instance how much the Dutch newspaper style varies from the American approach. No matter the form or style however, the best writers have one thing in common: they are purpose ... Continue Reading

Optimize Your Blog for Content Distribution [Infographic]

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Being a blogger, professional or personal, has to do with so much more than just putting your random thoughts or feelings onto a website. Honestly, that is the baseline purpose of social media networks. For those that have taken the plunge into blogging though, you are looking at organizing your content, creating great design, and figuring out how best to get your content in front of eyes of people that will care, engage, and act after reading your content. Curious how to start learning to ... Continue Reading

Should You Jump On That Viral Web Hype?

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Every day, there are trending topics on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and whatnot. Some fade within hours, some last a bit longer, and some make it to weeks, or even months. To name just a few examples of the latter, think Gangnam Style, the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the Harlem Shake. When such a hype presents, the big question is: Should you jump on that hype? It may be tempting if you have a blog, to draw some extra traffic by using a hype that's already there. Or in your church or youth ... Continue Reading

PenPath: Helping Authors Track Their Impact

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I love writing, and one day, I’d like to be a writer full-time. For now, however, I’ll keep cranking out blog posts on my lunch break, which is fine, except that this doesn’t give me much time for the business side of writing. I have no time to track my posts to see what went well and what post was entirely ignored. This may sound boring—and it is!—but it’s really important to learn how to write in a way that engages an audience in an active and passionate way. That’s why I’m so excited about ... Continue Reading

Master Your Church’s Blog

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Blogging. It can be the bane of any church communications department's existence. Not because blogging is some horrible experience that smart people would rather avoid (do you think I would be writing this post if it was?!). No, blogging can be fun. Coming up with topics for posts week in and week out — not so much. For a year and a half, back when I worked in the communications department of my church, I was responsible for the church's blog (on top of everything else I had to do). Some days ... Continue Reading

Top 100 Technology Blogs [Infographic]

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What are your favorite technology blogs? Without including top dogs like Mashable and Tech Crunch—these might be considered more like news sources than blogs anymore—tell us what your favorite technology blogs are! In a recent infographic of the top 100 technology blogs, you may find one that you recognize at around #27... ... Continue Reading

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