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

Stuff Church Techies Say: “I’ve Got This”

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Four months ago I had made a big change to my own blog where I went from a single blogger writing every day to an editor of five contributors. While I thought that I was finally taking the leap of faith to empower others to talk about technology from their experience and building up the church, the reality is that God was looking ahead. See how my mentality as a blogger of "I've got this" could have actually ended my blog if it was not for God's divine intervention? This has been the most ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: 1. Writer

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This is the first article in the series Online Blogging Platforms series. As I started writing for 78P, I started becoming dissatisfied with the layout of the Wordpress text editor. As a total noob, I kept finding myself distracted by all the poorly drawn icons and lack of portability. It ended up taking me way more time to write than I actually had to write! This doesn't mean that Wordpress is an ineffective text editor (it has actually improved a lot since I first started), it simply means ... Continue Reading

Decimate Writer’s Block: Never Run Out of Blogger Fuel

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You are sitting at your desk staring at a blank screen. A deadline is looming and your to-do list is growing like a hoarder's collection of newspapers. You put your hands on the keyboard and lightly tap your fingers in hopes that somehow words will appear on the page in coherent sentences. Nothing happens. Nothing. There are no words. There are NO WORDS!! What do you do? You're a writer/author/blogger and words are your currency. You can't live without words. And yet there are no ... Continue Reading

Repurposing Content [Free Images]

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Blogging can be a very difficult thing to do after a couple of months of writing. You first jump into blogging with a ton of ideas and can easily create 5, 10, or 50 blog articles, but eventually you hit a creative wall. While we always suggest that new, high quality content is the best option, sometimes you need to repurpose your content. One of the best ways to do this is taking old blog articles, updating the content, and putting it into new mediums. Below is a demonstration of such a case. ... Continue Reading

Secrets of a Killer Blog Post [Infographic]

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The joys of blogging can also be some of the biggest pains. My first month of writing posts I found myself feverishly writing down everything I could put on the web. By month three, I was slowing down. But month six, I was wondering why I was not getting traffic and if maybe it was me. (Hint: it was) Many bloggers have a passion that pursued them to blog. Even us at ChurchMag are under the banner of Christian nerds and geeks. But passion alone will not make a blog a success. This is not another ... Continue Reading

Online Blogging Platforms: A Series Intro

This is the intro to a four part series on web-based writing applications. I've been tinkering with a few lately (including some you've suggested), so this series will serve as a tear-down of these services. Who knows? Maybe you'll find your new home! But first a few tips before we get started. Everyone has their go-to blogging platform, be it a fully featured client like Wordpress, a social experience like Tumblr or a minimal setup like Svbtl. If you're like me, you don't always like the ... Continue Reading

5 Ways To Get More Guest Posts On Your Blog

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There is no doubt that guest posting is one of the best ways to get great content for your blog with minimal effort. In fact, many times, the quality can rival your own. I have been on both sides of guest blogging, writing for others and receiving guest posts on my own blog. In fact, when I first wanted to write for ChurchMag, I had asked if I could get post on here for free. This article is not to debate if guest posting is helpful for you (it is), what you should expect from guest posting ... Continue Reading