Online Blogging Platforms: 5. Draft

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This is the fifth article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. Draft is our final installment in the Online Blogging Platforms series. I just want to say thanks for those who dropped a comment or suggestion during the course of this little project! Thanks for reading!! Draft, like Gingko, is just a little bit different than some of the other platforms I've reviewed. Draft's focus is also on good content, but in a different way. It provides a suite of both free and paid editing ... Continue Reading

How To Get Your Blog Posts Shared [Infographic]

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Creating great content is always the most important aspect of blogging. Any tips that are shared below are meaningless without high quality. Assuming we have that all set up, sharing on social media is important, but you are probably doing it wrong. Below is an infographic that goes beyond a simple read. These tips are ones you need to make part of your daily routine! Here's how to get your blog posts shared: ... Continue Reading

Submissions for this Year’s Top Church Tech Blogs

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We are officially doing the third annual ChurchMag Top 30 Church Tech Blogs list. Want to see our list from 2013? Check it out here. We wanted to put together a top 30 list formula that was as objective as possible and added little to no subjectivity to the project. The formula finds the most popular blogs on the Internet through a series of calculations. While we rework the algorithm to update it from 12 months ago, we would love to hear your recommendations. We will cease ... Continue Reading

Overcoming Discouragement in Blogging

If I am being honest with you guys right now, blogging is not all unicorns and rainbows. It's amazing when you can write an article that goes viral, put something out there that is very personal which connects personally with your audience, and you get ahead of the ballgame with lots of extra articles. I'm not speaking from a philosophical understanding, but someone that is in the midst of life happening, priorities shifting, and frustration with creativity and productivity on this blog. So ... Continue Reading

5 Reasons To Say 'No' To Cheesy Photos

Let's start by defining “cheese." Cheese: a food made from the pressed curds of milk. That sounds disgusting. Just hearing the words "Pressed curds of milk" makes me want to vomit a little. Honestly, that's the majority of the way I feel when I see Christian photography. Why does it have to be this way? You know, there was a time when Christians excelled in the creative arts. Look at the cathedrals, paintings, and literature through the centuries. There have been many bright spots. ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: 4. Gingko

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This is the fourth article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. Gingko is a different kind of platform from the others I’ve reviewed so far in that it isn’t “just” a text editor. The focus and goal of Gingko’s development seems to be on content and organization of that content. Since I’m normally a disorganized mess, I normally give anything that says it will help me a once over. So, let’s take a look at Gingko. ... Continue Reading

Effective Storytelling with Social Media [Infographic]

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If you are running the blog for your ministry, the social media account for your church, or some kind of marketing for your brand, you need effective storytelling for who you are representing. How do you share a church's story that might include hundreds or thousands of people over five, ten, or one hundred years? Even more so, this story needs to not only be about what was, but what is and what will be. The infographic below has some tips and church marketers as well as pastors, bloggers, and ... Continue Reading

The Desk Publishing Machine: Alpha Build

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Say “Hello” to the Desk Publishing Machine. I am excited to say that I am a part of the Desk PM testing group, a group of bloggers who have been given an “Alpha, Beta, Whatever You Wanna Call It!” version of the latest project by John Saddington, the Desk Publishing Machine. What is this awesome new app? Let me tell you a little bit about it while I use test the Desk Publishing Machine. ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: A Series- 3. Write.app

This is the third article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. A Small Introduction You've never heard of Write.app? That's ok, neither had I until I started to research this project! They tout themselves as a private, secure journal. I'm no security expert, but the resident contributors have verified that it is indeed secure, though not extraordinarily so. Their front page claims "256-bit SSL encryption with HSTS enabled" which is slightly above a standard security connection, but ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: 2. OneDrive

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This is the second article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. I'm not a Microsoft fan whatsoever, but when I opened this series up to user entries, one of our readers mentioned he did his writing in OneDrive. Since I couldn't say no, I made a Microsoft account and jumped headfirst into OneDrive. I'll say this: it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Keep reading to check out some pros and cons from my time with OneDrive. ... Continue Reading