How to Lose Your Readers’ Trust

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As a blogger, the implicit trust of your readers is a precious commodity. That’s especially the case for your loyal readers, the people who follow your blog via email, RSS or other ways on a regular basis. Holding on to that trust that, honoring it even, is essential if you want to continue growing your blog. At the end of the day, it’s your long-term loyal readers who will spontaneously promote your blog after all, simply because you add value to their lives. But it’s easy to lose the trust ... Continue Reading

Should You Rewrite Old Blog Posts?

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Blogging has been around for a while now and some of us have got quite a few years of experience to brag about. That experience also translates in tons of old blog posts, sometimes even distributed amongst various (dormant) blogs. I’m in the process of revamping a dormant blog to see if I can bring it back to life. Since I changed the theme, I have to go through all blog posts to make sure they in the intended style and format. In doing so, I’ve reread many of my older posts and I’ve noticed ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Do You Have Rhythm?

Do You Have Rhythm Writing Series

[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] This year, I finally did something that had been on my to do list for a long time: I started learning to play the drums. You know what’s the hardest when you start out? To keep a steady rhythm. It’s not the technical stuff that’s hardest to master, like how to hold the drum sticks, or how to do a fill. It’s sticking to the beat—the steady rhythm of the music. It’s easy to lose the beat, to go a ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Stop Using a Double Space After a Period

Stop Using a Double Space After a Period

[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] I recently edited a couple of articles for a blog and it struck me again how many people use a double space after a period. It’s not something you encounter occasionally, it’s something I see a lot. When you Google on whether to use single or double spacing after a period (or any kind of punctuation mark really), you’ll find opposing views. Some claim the double spacing is fine, but the majority ... Continue Reading

Outraged by a Christian Blogger’s Evangelism

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It's true, I am very upset at a couple of Christian bloggers and their articles on evangelism, but not for reasons that you might think. Honestly, the articles themselves were theologically inline with my worldview and I saw no errors there. But as this article has demonstrated in the headline, it is utilizing Buzzfeed's "get your attention" manipulation. You know the headlines: This child fell in a dumpster and you'll never guess what happened next. This child asks for only one gift ... Continue Reading

12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas: Favorite Christian Blog

Favorite Christian Blog

This is the eleventh day in a series of the 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas. To catch the rest of the articles, check out the landing page here. Christian blogs seem like they are a dime a dozen with everyone having an opinion about their faith at some capacity. That being said, this also means that we have a wide variety of content out there to read. So whether you are looking for someone that aligns with your denominational views on Scripture, want to hear about Christian marriage or ... Continue Reading

12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas: Favorite ChurchMag Article

Favorite Churchmag Article

This is the sixth day in a series of the 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas. To catch the rest of the articles, check out the landing page here. ChurchMag currently has over 14,000 articles in archive with several more coming out every single day. With this kind of volume, it's hard to say just one is your favorite. Yet there is always something amazing being published here, whether you need to nerd out, combine tech with theology, or see some new software ideas your ministry can employ. Check out ... Continue Reading

12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas: Favorite Church Tech Blog

Favorite Church Tech Blog

This is the second day in a series of the 12 Days of ChurchMag Christmas. To catch the rest of the articles, check out the landing page here. 2014 seems like an explosion of coming out of church tech blogs. Maybe that is because I have been doing the Top 30 Church Tech Blogs, maybe it is because I'm networking, or maybe the world of tech and church are colliding and we are getting more opinions and better reporting! (I hope it's the third.) Today, we wanted to share our favorite church blog. ... Continue Reading

Desk: A Simple & Powerful Publishing App

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Back some 10 years ago when I started blogging I struggled with the whole process of things. I wasn’t keen on writing (I didn’t hate writing anymore, as I did when I was a kid), so finding the time to sit down and hammer on the keys till I had a full article was a pain in the neck. Especially, with all the distractions of the Internet at hand! Over time, I learned some strategies and methods to help me with the process of writing so it was more pleasurable to make articles so the process of ... Continue Reading